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Stories by Rahat Husain

Rahat Husain has been working as a columnist since 2013 when he joined the Communities. With an interest in America and Islam, Rahat is a prolific writer on contemporary and international issues. In addition to writing for the Communities, Rahat Husain is an Attorney based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He is the Director of Legal and Policy Affairs at UMAA Advocacy. For the past six years, Mr. Husain has worked with Congressmen, Senators, federal agencies, think tanks, NGOs, policy institutes, and academic experts to advocate on behalf of Shia Muslim issues, both political and humanitarian. UMAA hosts one of the largest gatherings of Shia Ithna Asheri Muslims in North America at its annual convention.

World’s oldest Quran discovered and may be linked to Imam Ali

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2014 — Researchers from the Project Coranica at the University Library in Tübingen, Germany have discovered a copy of the Quran that may be the oldest in the world, dating to within 20-40 years of the death of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The copy of the Quran, dubbed Ma VI 165 by scientists, ...

Making sense of the “Open Letter to Moderate Muslims”

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 — Under the nom de guerre “The Atheist Muslim,” an individual named Ali A. Rizvi, wrote a rambling article called An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims, where he conflated nearly every aspect of extremism with the behavior of moderate Muslims. Rizvi begins by criticizing Reza Aslan for being upset with Bill ...

Indian Parliament members force feed Muslim during holy month of fasting

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 — India’s government is furious at the actions of some members of its parliament, after it was revealed that a hard line politician forced a Muslim to eat food while he was fasting. The act was condemned nationally by religious Hindu and Muslim organizations, as well as a variety of humanitarian ...

UN Secretary General meets with Grand Ayatollah Sistani (Source: UN)

United Nations Secretary General meets with Grand Ayatollah Sistani

In an unprecedented move, Grand Ayatollah Sistani met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon today, regarding the crisis in Iraq. The Grand Ayatollah has traditionally refused to meet with representatives from the United States or Europe. For that reason, a meeting with the United Nations signals a major decision on the part of Sistani.

"Sameera" poses with her record breaking Starbucks drink (Caffeine Informer)

Muslim girl breaks world record for most expensive Starbucks drink

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 — Identifying herself only as Sameera, a young Muslim girl from Pembroke Pines, Fl is the latest to break the world record for most expensive Starbucks drink. Posting her account on Consumerist, Sameera revealed that her original bill came out to $60.58. When she applied a rewards card, the amount decreased ...

Bahrain expels senior US diplomat for meeting with Shiite Muslims

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 — Bahrain expelled U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski from its borders today in what could be the beginning of an international incident. AP reports, “Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry says that a top U.S. official has been declared persona non grata and asked to leave the country, just ...

Muslims flee Northern Ireland to escape anti-Islam violence

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 — Some Muslims in Northern Ireland have announced plans to leave the country to avoid anti-Islamic violence. The announcement comes after an attack on a Muslim family in the city of Belfast, when crazed rioters broke into their home and assaulted them. READ ALSO: Random acts of kindness by Muslim faithful too ...

Muslims express outrage over Boko Haram kidnappings

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 — Numerous Muslim individuals and organizations have expressed outrage at the Boko Haram kidnapping of young girls. The anger at Boko Haram, a recognized terrorist organization, reflects a genuine sentiment of antipathy towards the group and its actions for a variety of reasons. Many would be surprised, for example, to learn that ...

Malaysian “Confronting the Shia Virus” Seminar was precursor to Anti Shia Alliance meeting

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 — The past fall, the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) held a seminar entitled “Confronting the Syiah Virus” (“Syiah” is the Malaysian word for Shia). At the event was Malaysia’s Home Ministry Security and Public Order assistant secretary Zamihan Md Zain Al-Ghari, who according to the Sun Daily said “there [is] an immediate need ...