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Nashville’s current youth poet laureate draws on experiences that few of her peers have ever had to think about, like spending the first few years of her life in a refugee camp.

Mumina Ali is also the first Muslim to hold the title. Before she heads to American University this fall — on a full scholarship — she spoke to WPLN’s Natasha Senjanovic about using poetry to raise awareness about social issues closest to her heart.

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The two men charged with vandalizing the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro last summer formally apologized for their actions during a Friday afternoon service at the mosque.

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Thousands of Muslims live in Middle Tennessee. The vast majority are Sunnis, but they come from all over the world — Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the United States.

A Curious Nashville listener wanted to know more about them:

Our Muslim neighbors in Nashville: Are then Sunni? Shia? Do they get along or do they squabble? Do they go to separate mosques? 

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Two Murfreesboro men have been charged with conspiracy and a civil rights violation for vandalizing a Rutherford County mosque in July.

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A prominent mosque in Rutherford County plans to ask state and federal law enforcement to investigate an act of vandalism that occurred early Monday morning.

Members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro say they found obscenities written in spray paint and slices of bacon wrapped around door handles. The vandals also left a signature and attempted to write a message in bacon on the ground outside a side entrance.

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Tennessee lawmakers are delaying until next year a proposal to define anti-Semitic speech on college campuses.

The move came after several University of Tennessee-Knoxville students testified Wednesday that hate speech is not a problem at their school.

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When does criticism of the nation of Israel cross into anti-Semitism?

Tennessee lawmakers are wrestling with that question as part of the debate over a measure that takes aim at the University of Tennessee, over its handling of some comments by Muslim students that critics say constituted hate speech.

The dispute goes back to August, when several UT-Knoxville students were accused of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany.

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Muslims from across Tennessee were at the Capitol Friday in an effort to spark more dialogue with state lawmakers.

The event included tours of the Capitol and a Muslim prayer service, all with the message that it's time for Muslims to get more involved — not just in national politics, but with lawmakers who shape Tennessee's future.

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Originally, it was just supposed to be a few young Muslims, handing out flowers and notecards to passersby at the Rutherford County Courthouse.


The idea quickly snowballed to more than 100 people from all walks of life. They waved placards, shared doughnuts and scrawled messages of encouragement on the sidewalks.


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Nineteen-year-old Maryam Fakhruddin went to bed on Election Night confident Hillary Clinton would be the country's next president.

"Because Obama was elected twice," she says, "so I thought, 'Hillary is going to win.' "

She woke up the next morning to a shock.

"'Trump won?'" she recalls thinking. "What does this mean now?'