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This Ramadan, breaking the fast while getting to know a new country

July 1, 2016

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For Muslims observing Ramadan, strengthening community is as important as the fast itself. At the end of each day, families typically get together with friends to break the fast and eat, but community can be hard to find for newly arrived refugees in this country. More than 5,000 people resettled in California last year from […]

Oregon standoff: Militants lose PR battle, experts say

January 7, 2016

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To win over the public, experts say you must first win over the media. From their modern-day cowboy personas to their emotional appeals emphasizing family and patriotism, there’s “no question” the militants occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Burns are trying to manipulate the media and the public into buying into their “average guy” image. […]

Single mom of 2 plans for retirement, empty nest by building her own tiny house on wheels

May 4, 2015

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A tour of Michelle Boyle’s home, which is still under construction, takes about a minute. There’s a kitchen, bathroom, space for a washer and dryer, and two bedrooms in the loft area of the 196-square-foot house on wheels. It’s about an eighth of the size of the Sherwood house she’s renting now. Boyle, 47, is […]

Marketing remains largely untapped for Eid Al Fitr

July 29, 2014

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Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid Al Fitr Monday — It follows the month of Ramadan, a holy month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. For the last week or so, Muslims have been shopping for presents and new outfits for Eid. Rafi-uddin Shikoh, CEO and Managing Director of consulting firm DinarStandard and […]

Niche market of travel agencies help Muslims undertake the Hajj

October 12, 2013

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A handful of Southern California travel agencies are helping Muslims take a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual journey — and they’re hoping to make a profit in return. These agencies, large and small, specialize in organizing trips to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, every year — helping local Muslims fulfill one of Islam’s most important requirements: the Hajj, a three-day […]