Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Asim Khan and Qasim Khan: Setting an example for social responsibility in life and work

#ZYNISLIFE is not just a hashtag for the Milwaukee-based company started by brothers Asim Khan and Qasim Khan, it embodies the fundamental foundation of their personal philosophy. In their business and their lives, the Khan brothers aspire each day to demonstrate their beliefs. Their broad mission encompasses a drive for goodness, fair and equitable treatment of people, charitable contributions, community engagement, social justice, and protecting the environment. | Q&A with Asim Khan and Qasim Khan Wisconsin Muslim Journal: What was your fondest memory growing up in Pakistan? And, who influenced your formative years the most? Asim Khan: Our fondest...

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Halal options at UW-Madison’s dining markets offers convenience for Muslim students

Students and guests no longer need to travel off-campus for food that fits some religious dietary restrictions. At the end of 2018, University Housing’s Dining Markets made the switch to several different chicken products. Peter Testory, Director of Dining and Culinary Services for University Housing explained about the change. “All unbreaded, boneless, skinless chicken breast and thigh meat served in our Markets are Halal certified. The unbreaded, boneless, skinless chicken breast is also antibiotic-free and a 100% vegetarian fed. This allows for any of our recipes that do not contain other ingredients that are not allowed by the Halal...

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Bitter Chocolate: Toblerone’s halal certification sparks backlash

Far-right groups in Europe are calling for a boycott of Toblerone chocolate after the product earned a halal certification. The hashtag #BoycottToblerone has gained popularity among extremists and far-right groups. Toblerone’s parent company, Mondelēz International, is based in the United States, though the iconic triangular chocolate bar is produced in Switzerland. The halal certification, which means a food is prepared according to Muslim law, was quietly granted to Toblerone in April 2018. Mondelēz International said that the production process and recipe were not altered to earn the certification. A halal certification is similar to a food being marked “kosher”...

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A Review of 2018: Top News Stories from Wisconsin Muslim Journal’s first year

Since our launch on February 5, 2018, we have published 303 news stories. This collection features a look back on some of the highlights we covered in 2018. Wisconsin Muslim Journal is an independent online news service that recognizes the Muslim community as an integral part of American society. The publication has served as Wisconsin’s Muslim community newspaper, with a mission to connect the Muslim population of Wisconsin as well as those of other faiths and spiritual groups. What it means to be unapologetically Muslim The Muslim American Society (MAS) Milwaukee held its 12th Annual Conference in 2018, which...

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Understanding the significance of the Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca

There are 1.7 million Muslims flocking into Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia every year to attend the pilgrimage, called the hajj. It is a one-time obligation for Muslims who have sufficient financial and physical ability. There are 1.7 million Muslims flocking into Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia every year to attend the pilgrimage, often called the Hajj / Haji. The Hajj is a one-time obligation for Muslims who have sufficient financial and physical ability. What significance does the Hajj partake? Among the top countries that visit Mecca for Hajj purpose are: Indonesia, Russia, India, Cuba,...

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Many victims do not report hate crimes for fear of further attacks

Do the names Elijah Coverdale, Kathy Finley or Tywanza Sanders sound familiar? Probably not. And yet you are almost certain to know the names of the men who killed them. Elijah Coverdale and Kathy Finley were two of the 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, still the most deadly case of domestic terrorism in US history, whereas Tywanza Sanders was among 9 people killed in the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. As so often happens in the case of crimes, particularly those committed by the far right, the perpetrators are humanized in...

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