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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.

Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – Malaysia has a serious human rights problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a 100+ page report entitled “No Answers, No Apologies” detailing abuses by Malaysian authorities. The report comes on the heels of accounts that Malaysia arrested infants from the country’s minority Shiite Muslim sect, based upon the ...

Malaysia arresting Shiite families, infants, instead of finding plane

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 – As the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft intensifies, the country’s government has shifted focus to arresting nearly 100 Shiite Muslims, including infants, in an overnight raid. The arrests took place after police believed a Shiite religious celebration took place. Shocking photos emerged on Reddit, showing several infants behind bars, ...

Muslim actors Marnò, Ali, Jaffrey star on House of Cards

Remy Danton is a lot of things: a hotshot lobbyist, an associate of Raymond Tusk, and someone who has known Francis Underwood for many years. The actor that plays Remy Danton, Mahershala Ali, is something else: an Ahmadi Muslim.

Constitutional analysis of the New York Public School plan to close for Islamic holidays

WASHINGTON, February 10, 2014 – Newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced his intention to have New York Public Schools closed for the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, igniting significant interest from various pro-Muslim and anti-Muslim groups. The announcement came on the heels of a popular White House petition asking ...

Shiites break ground in Washington DC: An interview with Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Hakim

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2014 – This month, Communities Digital News sat down with Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Hakim, a high ranking Shiite Muslim scholar visiting the United States. Recently, Ayatollah al-Hakim spoke at the United States Institute of Peace, at a closed doors event, on the relationship between the United States and Iraq. Last week, he was ...

Federal employees retiring in increasing numbers

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2014 — According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), more federal employees retired in 2013 than in the past several years. The number of government employee retirement applications received last year was 114,697. In a fascinating detail, the number of retirement applications has been so high that OPM has published statistics ...

Cold weather emboldens car thieves in DC metro area

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2014 — At least one county in Maryland is reporting an increase in vehicle thefts that can be directly attributed to the cold weather. In what is believed to be the most common form of the crime, thieves steal cars that have been left on to heat up while vehicle owners remain ...

Iraqi Sunnis fleeing violence travel to Shia city of Karbala

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2014 — Sunni refugees fleeing Al Qaeda linked violence are flocking to the Shia holy city of Karbala, where they are being met with open arms. Last month, Al Qaeda announced that it had taken over two key cities in the Sunni majority province of Anbar, sparking fears of escalating terrorism in ...