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Issue 98 

 As-Salaam Alaikum! 

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Congratulations to the Universal School Class of 2013!

WNYMuslims had the chance to interview the 2013 graduating  class of Universal School, a fully accredited elementary school of the Islamic faith tradition located in Western New York. Hear what they had to say about leaving Universal, and their thoughts about their time there. Congratulations 8th graders!  Watch the video HERE.

Plight of the Minority: Catholics

By Tariq Ahmed

   The time was around 8pm, on August 11, 1834 when a group of angry citizens in Boston, Massachusettts started to protest outside the Ursuline convent, a small school built to house a Catholic community of nuns. Though the city and religious order tried to assure them otherwise, the crowd claimed that the convent was holding a woman inside against her will. Many of the protestors detested Catholics, and felt the institutionalized and hierarchical structure of the church took away from American individualism.  READ MORE.

 Photo Courtesy of NBCNews.com

Donations Needed for Project Ramadan

After a very successful Iftaar Basket drive last year, Project Ramadan is back! Donations are needed to help make Iftaar baskets for the less fortunate this Ramadan, so please give whatever you can!

Donations will be received up until July 1st. Volunteering for the Basket Making will be July 8th! Help is greatly appreciated, and all are welcome to come!

For more information please contact Sister Sahar Siam at 716-445-7028

Featured Photograph of the Week

WNYMuslims is looking to showcase talented photographers in the community.

This week's feature is a photograph by student Mustafa Hussain, taken in his yard just after sunrise.

 Mustafa is a Sophomore currently studying Psychology at the University at Buffalo. He's been enjoying photography for the past 5 years, and considers Martial Arts a life-long hobby.

If you have taken a photograph that you think should be featured, please send it in with a description of the shot, and a little bio of yourself.  WNYMuslims@WNYMuslims.org

SunSpin Media Summer Workshops

Our wonderful friends at SunSpin Media are holding a series of fantastic summer workshops that can be found HERE.  These are a great opportunity for youth and adults to learn photography, videography, animation and creative writing.  Check them out and learn something new this summer!

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