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Sohail Quadri elected to Alberta Legislative Assembly

sohail-quadriCALGARY,AL–Sohail Quadri, a 40 year old businessman, was elected to the Alberta Legislative Assembly on a keenly fought election. He won on the Progressive Conservative ticket from Mill Wood and easily fended off the incumbent who ran as an independent this time.

A political newcomer, Quadri held a solid lead over the second-place Wildrose candidate, giving the businessman a place as a rookie in Premier Alison Redford’s cabinet.

Aiesha Irvin-Muhammad wins at MWAA meet


ST. LOUIS, MO–St.Elizabeth Academy student Aiesha Irvin-Muhammad is emerging as one of the top high school athletes in the St.Louis area. The junior won   the 100, 200 and 400 meters at the  Metro Women’s Athletic Association meet.

Her immediate goal now is goal is to get to the Class 3 state meet.

Basheer Abdullah: New US Olympic Boxing coach

abdullah_bio_photoThe portal reports that Basheer Abdullah has been nominated as the U.S.Olympic Boxing team’s new head coach.

He currently serves as the head coach of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete program.

Liaquat Khan wins school council seats

CHICAGO,IL–American Muslims are making their presence felt in mainstream grass roots community involvement. Last week the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) held Local School Council (LSC) elections at 540 schools with nearly 6,500 candidates running for the school-based seats. The LSC election is one of the largest Municipal elections in the United States. Local School Councils consist of six Parent Representatives, two Community Representatives, two teacher Representatives, one non-teaching staff member, the principal, and (in high schools) a student.

Liaquat Ali Khan, owner of the popular Devon Ave. area grocery store Par Birdie Foods, ran as Community Representative from Dewitt Clinton Elementary School  Khan was victorious by placing first out of a field of 3 candidates with 98% of the vote. The largest demographic of students at Clinton Elementary is Asian at 40%. “Clinton School was ranked 161 in the entire city by Chicago Magazine. This is very concerning and I will work hard with my fellow LSC officials to improve and raise the school’s standard,” said Liaquat Ali Khan.

Joining Khan at Clinton LSC are Parent Reps. Hadeer Mahmood, Sultana Shareef, Samreen Talat, and Sadath Osmani. Mrs. Osmani served as Chairperson of the LSC in her previous term.
The elder Khan’s son Ahmed Khan was elected as Community Representative at Stone Scholastic Academy. Ahmed Khan also placed first in a field of 3 candidates. The father-son duo were endorsed by Progressive Alliance Political Action Committee (PA-PAC) of Cook County.

Philadelphia Muslims offer reward to catch criminals

PHILADELPHIA,PA–The Philadelphia area has seen a spate in robberies where the criminals donned Islamic veils to conceal their identities. Alarmed by this the area Muslim community has put up a $20,000 reward for catching these criminals who tarnish their faith.

Imam Isa Abdul Hakeem, Secretary of the Majis ash Shura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley says criminals need to get the message that they can’t don female Muslim dress to avoid getting caught.

“Robbery and murder are abhorrent to the Islamic way of life,” said Abdul Hakeem. “When criminals disguise themselves as Muslim women they put our women in danger of being stereotyped, victimized and ostracized by society.  We regard this act is discriminatory, and regard it as a hate crime towards Muslims.”


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