Fashion show features Muslim women, others ‘Rocking that Hijab’

Recently, my work schedule allowed me to go to London to visit my nephew.  Serendipitously, I ran into a group of stylishly dressed Muslim women, from all over the world, in my hotel lobby. They were there for “London Modest Fashion Week” presented by Modanisa (a modest clothing shopping website from Turkey).  They graciously invited me to attend the fashion show, where a breathtaking variety of modest styles were showcased. Although the majority of those in attendance were Muslim, the fashi...
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My relationship with Jesus, as a Muslim

The sign in front of The Grove Presbyterian church in Charlotte, NC, read “We love our Muslim Neighbors”. I was so touched by Pastor Kate Murphy and her congregation that I contacted them to see if the Muslim community could show our appreciation by sponsoring one of their monthly community dinners. The next dinner ended up being on Maundy Thursday, a time when the church has a special service/dinner in memory of The Last Supper. The Charlotte Observer told the story on how we got toge...
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A Charlotte church put up a sign about its Muslim neighbors. Then the neighbors spoke back.

BY PETER ST. ONGE April 12, 2017 Associate Editor, Editorial Pages Charlotte Observer Kate Murphy was driving to work in East Charlotte not long ago when she saw a car that looked like it had some words painted on it. She pulled up for a closer look and saw that yes, they were words. But they were more than words. They were anti-Muslim slurs. This was back in February, shortly after the Donald Trump administration had issued its first executive order banning people from seven Muslim...
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Muslims invite the community to feast on, learn about the ‘mighty whiting’

By Rose Hamid HUFFINGTON POST April 9, 2017 The Muslim Women of the Carolinas recently invited the Charlotte community to celebrate the Mighty Whiting. There is a meaningful and tasty history behind this fish Muslims in America have roots all over the world. The Muslim Women of the Carolinas, established in 1998, works to bring those diverse Muslims together to recognize that, although the teachings of Islam are the same, people in different parts of the world practice in a vari...
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Here’s what one Muslim thinks about practicing Shariah law in America

BY ROSE HAMID Guest column CHARLOTTE OBSERVER March 4, 2017 Watching the “I am a Muslim, Too” rally on Feb 19 in Time Square was inspirational. I’ve been touched by the outpouring of support for the Muslim Community. However, in Kernersville, NC recently there was a chilling reminder of the fear and hate that exists. As reported and recorded by Jordan Green with the Triad City Beat, a meeting was held to hear a presentation on a “supposed Muslim plot to conquer the United States” by ...
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Thrown out of Trump rally, she explains what it’s like to be Muslim under Trump presidency

BY ROSE HAMID Guest column Rev. Chris Ayers, pastor of Wedgewood Church in Charlotte, asked me to speak at his church about what it’s like to be a Muslim American under a Donald Trump presidency. These are some excerpts: A year ago, I, with eight others, stood in silent protest against the concept of hate-speech at a Trump rally and we were asked to leave. Rose Hamid, center, stands in silence as Donald Trump speaks of radical Islam and terrorism during the Donald J. Trump f...
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Understanding God: How Muslims look at the story of Adam and Eve

BY ROSE HAMID Guest column Jan. 5, 2017  I’ve been told that Muslims don’t worship “the same god’ as others do, which doesn’t make sense to me because it implies that there is more than one god. I think a better way to say it is that we don’t all understand God in the same way. Islam teaches that Adam and Eve disobeyed God, repented, asked for forgiveness and God forgave them. They had to suffer the consequences of their actions by living a mortal life on earth, but their re...
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For Praying Outloud (Charlotte Observer and Huffington Post)

Muslim prayer: Remembering and connecting with God 5 times a day By Rose Hamid Charlotte Observer NOVEMBER 16, 2016 10:23 AM Huffington Post 11/23/2016 Recently the subject of praying in public has been in the news. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to hear a case concerning the constitutionality of Rowan county commissioners opening meetings with a prayer. As a Muslim, I’m all for praying whenever possible. Prayers are remembrances and communications with God. Muslims remember...
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Listen Up!

Listen up! Huffington Post Oct. 17, 2016 By Rose Hamid October 21st is World Day of Listening. The Wold Day of Listening website states: “We are Listeners from around the world, representing many traditions, professions, and walks of life - working together to offer peaceful, non-confrontational listening, free of charge and without advice, judgement, argument or interpretation. We are non-partisan and non-promotional.” Listening is the key to helping our community and our world overcome ...
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