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Muslims in WNY, worldwide celebrate Eid al Adha

Aug 21, 2018
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Hundreds of Western New York Muslims gathered inside the Adam's Mark Hotel in Buffalo Tuesday morning for a prayerful celebration of Eid al Adha, an Islamic holy day coinciding with the conclusion of the Hajj - the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca by Muslim faithful.

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Friday is the 17th day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, an event of daytime fasting from food and water and an evening breaking of the fast with a fig and a full meal. Thursday night, local Islamic groups celebrated the connection of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the annual Tent of Abraham.

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Since the events of 9/11, the Western New York Muslim Public Affairs Council has run the Understanding Islam Series every February. That’s 17 straight years. The goal is to educate non-Muslims about Islam and engage in interfaith conversations.

The Supreme Court has upheld parts of a lower court order that had widened the definition of which citizens from the six Muslim-majority countries covered by the Trump administration's travel ban are still eligible to travel to the U.S.

The order issued Wednesday leaves in place the action of a U.S. District Court judge in Hawaii who broadened the definition of close family to include categories such as the grandparents and cousins of a person in the U.S.

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The Trump administration has filed a motion with the Supreme Court, asking for clarification of the justices' order upholding a version of the travel ban. The justices' order allowed the administration to restrict entry by people from six mostly Muslim countries, except for those who have what's judged to be a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States, including close family members.

The Supreme Court says it will decide the fate of President Trump's revised travel ban, agreeing to hear arguments over immigration cases that were filed in federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland and allowing parts of the ban that has been on hold since March to take effect.

The justices removed the two lower courts' injunctions against the ban "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," narrowing the scope of those injunctions that had put the ban in limbo.

Balloons, body paint, joy and mourning — across the world Sunday, Muslims gathered to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and the festivities took nearly as many shapes as the places they were held.

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Islam and Muslims often don't get a fair shot in the media and there are a lot of reasons for it, according to to panelists who gathered Sunday for a discussion in Amherst.

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The Muslim community in Niagara Falls will soon have a brand new mosque. The $1 million project was approved by the city’s planning board at a meeting this past week.

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Dozens of area residents showed up at Noor Mosque in Getzville Sunday night to talk to local Muslim leaders and learn about Islam. Organizers wanted a chance to explain their religion to co-workers, neighbors and friends.

Local Muslims explore remedies to terror fears

Dec 13, 2015

More than 100 people gathered in Getzville over the weekend for a retreat sponsored by the Islamic Society of Western New York that addressed terrorism.

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The magazine Free Inquiry is celebrating International Blasphemy Rights Day with a vehement defense of the rights of expression about religion and printed images of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.


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It was 8:58 p.m. Tuesday when the Arabic prayer rang out at sunset and the Iftar dinner celebrating the end of another day of Ramadan commenced in the City Hall lobby.


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Human rights lawyer and journalist Arsalan Iftikhar was one of the regular commentators on the popular Barbershop Guys segment of NPR’s Tell Me More. He recently talked with WBFO about the role of Islam in today’s media and in the global community.

Islamic event aims to spark dialogue

Jun 11, 2015

Local residents will have a chance Thursday evening to eat ice cream, shop at the Bazaar, get a Henna tattoo, play some jeopardy and, most importantly, learn and share their thoughts about the Muslim culture.

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In the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, daytime fasting ends at sunset with an Iftar dinner. On Wednesday night, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown hosted such a dinner in the lobby of City Hall.

Funeral service held for slain boy

May 6, 2014
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The funeral for Ameer Al Shammari, 13, was held at the Masjid al-Eiman and Islamic Center on Connecticut Street on Buffalo's West Side Tuesday morning. Hundreds from the Islamic community turned out in support of the young boy’s family.

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A former prime minister of Somalia says the country is starting to turn around after decades of civil war and devastation.

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One of the area's smaller Muslim communities, persecuted in some parts of the world, is taking part in a national campaign called Muhammad Messenger of Peace.

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A new local group is using creative media to explain the religion of Islam and to break down stereotypes of Muslims.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley recently sat down with Western New York Muslims, an organization that is being led and managed by young Muslim women. 

This the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims, an annual period of abstaining from food and water during the daylight hours. At sunset, there is Iftar, a dinner to break the fast.

An Iftar dinner was held in the lobby of Buffalo's City Hall Thursday night, sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Center. While the event was sponsored by the Sunni Muslims of the cultural center, guests ranged across the area's Muslim community and local politicians and law enforcement figures.

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Area law enforcers say they don't know much about why the New York Police Department had officers from its intelligence unit prowling locally and on the University at Buffalo campus.

The revelation created paranoia among Muslims at UB and questions among police officers here about what they were looking for and where they went.  A group of local officers appeared Tuesday night at a public meeting sponsored by the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York at the university to talk about civil rights issues.