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Muslim woman says Starbucks barista wrote ‘ISIS’ on her cup — she wants employee and manager fired

A Muslim woman plans to file a discrimination lawsuit over what a Starbucks barista wrote on her cup because she says it was meant as a racist insult.

The woman has only given her first name, Aishah, out of safety concerns. She says that the incident occurred at a Starbucks inside a Target store in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 1.

She says that she told the barista her name several times, but was shocked when she saw what they wrote on her cup. She wore a hijab at the time of the incident.

“When I first received the drink I was in shock that in this day and age something like this could be written,” Aishah said.

The 19-year-old wants the employee and the manager of the store fired over the incident.

In a media briefing about the incident, Jaylani Hussein, executive director for the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that the manager was dismissive about the complaint.

Hussein said the manager told Aishah, “What is the issue? People get their names wrong all the time,” and gave her a new drink and a $25 gift card. He plans to file a discrimination lawsuit on Aishah’s behalf with the U.S. Department of Human Rights.

A statement from Target to WCCO-TV said that they investigated the incident.

“We have investigated the matter and believe that it was not a deliberate act but an unfortunate mistake that could have been avoided with more clarification,” the statement read. “We’re taking appropriate actions with the team member, including additional training, to ensure this does not occur again.”

Hussein compared the use of the word ISIS to that of the n-word.

“The fact of the matter here is that using this word for us would be the same as a Black man today, being used the N-word, or anything else that would be offensive,” he claimed.

Here’s a local news video about the incident:


CAIR-MN Calls For Worker To Be Fired For Writing ‘ISIS’ On Muslim Woman’s Starbucks Cup

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Anti-Islam ad that runs in newspaper results in fired manager, donation to Muslim group, diversity training

Following the publication of a full-page Sunday ad that predicted a nuclear attack in Nashville by “Islam,” the Tennessean newspaper and its parent company Gannett said Monday that an advertising manager was fired, a donation was pledged to a Muslim advocacy group, and additional diversity training at the paper was planned, the Tennessean reported.

The ad was purchased by an Arkansas-based Future for America which focuses on end-of-world preaching, the paper added.

What are the details?

“The sales and design teams did not fully read the context of the ad content in its entirety and subsequently approved it,” Kathy Jack-Romero, president of Gannett’s local sales, told the Tennessean.

While a sales executive flagged the ad for review, the sales manager “agreed to proceed with the ad without fully reviewing the content,” Jack-Romero added to the paper. That manager was terminated Monday, the Tennessean reported.

More from the paper:

Money from the ad sale is being refunded to the Arkansas nonprofit Future for America. The group signaled its intention to buy billboard advertising and mail letters to thousands of Nashvillians this week.

Separately, Gannett will donate the $14,000 value of the ad sale to the American Muslim Advisory Council, a Nashville-based advocacy group. The company is also giving the council $50,000 in advertising credit, which will be used for multiple Islamic organizations.

Gannett provides annual mandatory training on diversity and inclusion to all employees corporate-wide. Jack-Romero said the company would coordinate with the advisory council for a round of diversity and sensitivity training for The Tennessean newsroom and sales teams. Additional training will be done company-wide for the entire sales division.

“All sales executives, managers and creative development team members will be provided with refreshed training and policies around hate speech and other sensitive advertising content,” Jack-Romero told the paper.

She added to the paper that Gannett and the Tennessean “completed our review, taken action against the manager responsible, strengthened our processes to ensure this never happens again, and taken steps to mitigate the tremendous harm caused to the community. We apologize for publishing this ad and we specifically apologize to the Muslim community, in Nashville and more broadly. This should have never happened.”

What did Muslim leaders have to say?

Sabina Mohyuddin, executive director of the American Muslim Advisory Council, confirmed to the paper that executives from the Tennessean reached out to apologize and that the AMAC will accept the donation.

“We’re grateful that they’ve opted not to benefit from the proceeds of that ad,” Mohyuddin told the Tennessean. “We can use that for something good in the community.”

Mohyuddin also told the paper the ad placed a “huge target” on Muslims throughout the region, recalling a yearslong effort to prevent the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro from opening in 2012. The Tennessean said construction equipment was set on fire in 2010 while the mosque was under construction and then bacon was draped over door handles and expletives were spray painted on the walls in 2017.

She also told the paper the AMAC would work with Tennessean managers on Islamophobia training.

At-large AMAC member Zulfat Suara — the first American Muslim to ever hold elected office in Nashville — told the paper that concrete changes and continued action are necessary to repair relations.

“We got the apology. That was nice and dandy, but that’s not enough,” Suara added to the Tennessean. “For us, it’s making sure it doesn’t happen again. For us, it’s making sure it doesn’t happen to another community.”

What did the group that purchased the ad have to say?

Jeff Pippenger of Future for America told the paper his group tried to advertise with other outlets, but “their editorial process rejected the job.”

He added that had the paper “told us out front they would not print it, we would have sought other avenues to advertise the message.”

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He was a Muslim who once chanted ‘Death to America!’ Now, he’s working to convert Iranians to Christianity.

Dr. Hormoz Shariat is on a mission to help bring Iranians to the Christian faith — an effort that was birthed from his family’s personal pain and suffering.

Shariat, founder of Iran Alive Ministries, has spent years creatively spreading the gospel in Iran. Through satellite broadcasts, ministry training, and other innovative means, the evangelist is ingeniously delivering the gospel to the Muslim-majority nation.

One of the most remarkable parts of Shariat’s story are the roots from which his ministry emerged. A native of Iran and an ex-Muslim, he once chanted “death to America” in the streets.

But Shariat’s entire life changed when he left Iran during the Islamic Revolution and arrived in America to study. In addition to newfound academics, he also discovered true faith.

“I got saved in America,” he said, noting that his heart and mind profoundly changed. “I love America.”

Shariat said his ministry took root after his 16-year-old brother was arrested and held for two years by Iranian leaders. Rather than release the teen, the government put him to death.

Listen to Shariat’s harrowing story:

“One day they executed him,” Shariat said. “[They said], ‘Come and get his body. We shot him and by the way you have to pay us for killing him.'”

Tragically, Iranian officials demanded that his parents even pay for the bullets. When asked how Shariat managed not to be overcome with hate, he noted that he was a new Christian at the time.

“It wasn’t easy. It was a struggle … I grieved,” he said, noting that he wanted to initially take revenge, but he remembered the gospel message. “During those two to three days of mourning … I felt I heard the voice of God in my heart that those who killed my brothers are not my enemies. There is one enemy, that is Satan. They are captives in the hands of my enemy.”

(Read also: Are Signs Of The Biblical End Times Happening Before Our Eyes?)

So, rather than revenge, Shariat chose mercy and love. And while he already had a passion for evangelism, his brother’s death gave him a true mission to share the gospel with 1 million Muslims.

Years later, he has now shared the Bible with millions.

Shariat has been spreading the gospel through Iran Alive Ministries, noting that his ministry reaches throughout the Middle East, but is particularly pertinent to Farsi speakers.

A resident of the U.S., Shariat said he often receives death threats because of his ministry — but he’s not backing down.

“Jesus changes lives,” he said. “He transforms our lives … our society.”

This article was originally published on Pure Flix Insider. Visit Pure Flix for access to thousands of faith and family-friendly movies and TV shows. You can get a free trial here.

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Muslim call to prayer will be blasted over this major US city five times per day during Ramadan

The Muslim call to prayer will blast over loudspeakers in a Minneapolis neighborhood five times per day during the month of Ramadan.

According to Al Jazeera, the prayer call will be broadcasted during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, which runs from April 23 to May 23.

The news outlet called the development “historic” because it is the first time Islam’s call to prayer was blasted over a major U.S. city.

From Al Jazeera:

The simple, short call – known as the adhan – marked an historical moment for Minneapolis and major cities across the United States, community members said. While the adhan is commonly broadcast throughout the Middle East, North Africa and other places, for many Muslims in the US, it is only heard inside mosques or community centres.

“There’s definitely a lot of excitement,” said Imam Abdisalam Adam, who is on the board of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, from where the adhan will be broadcast. “Some people see it as historic,” Adam told Al Jazeera. “To the point … that they’re not doing it, able to see it in their lifetime.”

The prayer will be directed at the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in West Minneapolis, which has been dubbed “Little Mogadishu” due to the prevalence of Somali immigrants.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Somali immigrant herself, represents the area in Congress.

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Rashida Tlaib endorses explicit insult against the National Day of Prayer

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) decided to endorse an explicit insult against the National Day of Prayer through a retweet on her official social media account.

Tlaib endorsed the divisive message posted by vocal gun control activist David Hogg on Twitter by pushing it to her nearly one million followers.

“Don’t let this administration address COVID-19 like our national gun violence epidemic,” tweeted Hogg. “F**k a National day of Prayer, we need immediate comprehensive action.”


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Critics of the congresswoman denounced the use of extreme language against what is a tradition of prayer that is inclusive of many religions, including her Muslim faith.

This isn’t the first time Tlaib has employed expletives while pushing her political agenda. One of the first controversies of her tenure in Congress was when she screamed, “We’re gonna impeach the motherf***er!” about the president to a cheering crowd of supporters.

On the other hand, she objected mightily when a citizen expressed their disfavor against her policies by paying for a billboard that called her and her congressional compatriots “idiots.”

Here’s more about Tlaib’s insulting retweet:


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Coronavirus crisis could exponentially worsen if it takes hold in Uighur Muslim concentration camps in China

Coronavirus is spreading throughout mainland China and claiming thousands of lives amid a shroud of secrecy and questionable information from the communist Chinese government. As bad as things are now, things could get much deadlier if the virus spreads to the Uighur Muslim concentration camps in northwest China, The Guardian reported.

The estimated number of imprisoned Turkic Uighurs in the region varies widely, but is believed to be between 1 million and 3 million people detained in Chinese “re-education” camps. In those camps, detainees deal with overcrowding, filthy conditions, and lack of adequate medical care — prime conditions for the spread of a deadly, highly contagious virus.

Most of the coronavirus cases in China are in the Hubei province, specifically in the city of Wuhan. That is far from the Xinjiang province where the camps are located — but there have already been 55 confirmed coronavirus cases there.

“People are starting to panic. Our families are there, dealing with the camps and the virus, and we do not know if they have enough to eat or if they have masks,” Dilnur Reyhan, a French sociologist of Uighur origin, said, according to The Guardian.

Coronavirus has proven to be particularly dangerous to people with pre-existing health conditions, elderly people, or people under high stress.

China’s early attempts to hide the extent of the early coronavirus outbreak leads to the question of whether China would respond properly — or even reveal it to the public — if detained Uighurs began getting coronavirus in large numbers.

This potential danger is yet another reason activists are calling on the Chinese government to close the camps and alleviate the possibility that coronavirus could spread throughout them.

A petition posted on Change.org signed by more than 3,000 people has called for the closure of the camps to reduce the threat posed by holding so many people in close proximity.

“We must not wait until news of hundreds of coronavirus-related deaths in the camps before we react,” the petition says. “As China continues to struggle to contain the virus in Wuhan, we can easily assume the virus will rapidly spread throughout the camps and affect millions if we don’t raise the alarm now.”

Social media campaigns have been started, under hashtags such as #VirusThreatInThecamps and #WHO2Urumqi to urge the World Health Organization (WHO) to send a delegation to Xinjiang.

The Chinese government has, for years, detained Muslim minorities living in Xinjiang in camps for the alleged purpose of re-educating “people influenced by extremism.” Detainees are forced to renounce Islam and pledge loyalty to the communist government. The government claims, without providing evidence, that Muslims in the region have ties to dangerous extremists.

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