Tue July 29, 2014

Local Muslims look to the sky - and their smartphones - to know when to fast

East Bay Muslims pray atop a UC Berkeley hill.
Hana Baba

This past Sunday, members of the Bay Area Muslim community gathered on local hilltops, from Mt Tamalpais in Marin, to Cal State East Bay, to the hills of UC Berkeley. What were they doing? Looking up to the sky for the new crescent moon that signifies the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown. Islamic tradition says to end the fast once the new moon is seen, but some Muslims have recently been using a different method to calculate the end of Ramadan. Not everyone agrees.

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Tue October 23, 2012

Local Muslims react to presidential debate on foreign policy

Courtesy: CAIR California

The Bay Area Muslim community includes at least 100, 000 people. There's a large Afghan community in the East Bay, a sizable South Asian population in the South Bay, and the Peninsula is home to large Arab American and Iranian American groups.

Historically, the Muslim community has voted Republican – until 2008 when they voted for President Obama. However, many say they are now disappointed by his presidency, especially in terms of issues like closing Guantanamo Bay, renewing the Patriot Act, and the continuing drone attacks in Pakistan.

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Thu June 7, 2012
Cops & Courts

FBI spies on Bay Area mosques

Islamic Society of East Bay

Since 9/11, surveillance of Muslims has been on the rise. New York City made national news in February when the Associated Press broke the story about the NYPD spying on area mosques. AP won a Pullitzer Prize for that reporting.

About a month later, in March, we received similar news much closer to home. The ACLU announced it had documents showing the FBI spied on mosques here in the San Francisco Bay Area between 2004 and 2008.

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