Jewish advocate uses interfaith work to fight Muslim stereotypes

Bucks Co. Courier-Times Although it might seem unusual for a Jew to lead a Muslim organization, it was a natural next step for Jacob Bender. In October, he became executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Philadelphia chapter — and the first non-Muslim to head up any of the 30 chapters. The organization focuses on civil rights protection for Muslims and counteracting negative stereotypes about Islam through education and advocacy. Continue reading (subscription required) …

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Muslims practice spiritual renewal during Ramadan

Bucks Co. Courier-Times Starting Saturday, Osama Al-Qasem and his wife, Manal Shurafa, started letting go of worldly concerns and focused on spiritual renewal. The Northampton couple weren’t alone. Muslims all over Bucks County are doing the same during Ramadan, the season during which the practice of prayer and sacrifice is intensified. The annual tradition, which lasts for 30 days, marks what Muslims believe was the time before the message of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.

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