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Instead of marking the beginning of Ramadan at the mosque as he normally would, Zeeshan Khan spent last Thursday evening at home.

“Right now it’s just gonna be pray with the family, break fast with the family, and start the day with the family, just like everyone else in town,” said Khan, a Wichita State University grad student.

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A Muslim civil liberties group is calling for an independent investigation into events that led to the arrest of a Muslim family at a Wichita bank earlier this month.

The Kansas chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, says it wants an explanation why an Iraqi-American man was detained, along with his wife and teenage daughter, after trying to deposit a check for $151,000.

Bank staff suspected the check was fraudulent; Wichita Police determined it was valid before releasing the family. Both say they were following procedure.

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The Islamic Society of Wichita is inviting the community to break fast at its annual Ramadan iftar dinner.

Muslims around the world fast from sun-up to sun-down during the holy month of Ramadan, which this year began on May 27 and ends June 24. The fast is broken each day with an evening meal, or iftar.

The Islamic Society of Wichita’s Friends and Neighbors dinner is a chance for non-Muslims to observe iftar.

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More than 100 people gathered for a rally at the Kansas Statehouse Monday aimed at understanding and acceptance of the Muslim community.

Moussa Elbayoumy, with the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said a federal travel ban from six majority-Muslim countries and concerns over terrorism can lead to what he calls “irrational fear.” He said he hopes events like the rally can help combat that. The crowd at the Statehouse was made of mostly of other faith groups.

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Kansas’ two Republican senators said Monday they support increased vetting of those entering the country, but want Congress involved in developing permanent policy changes.

Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Pat Roberts issued statements in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

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Wichita State University is offering a message of support to its international students and employees following the president’s executive order on immigration.

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A new art exhibition opens today in Wichita that will showcase the work of Middle Eastern artists displaced by war.

The Building Bridges exhibit includes 80 paintings, most of them from Iraqi refugee artists. The work was brought here by the nonprofit Wichita Common Humanity, a collaboration of different religious and interfaith groups.

Coordinator Jan Swartzendruber says the goal of the project is to challenge stereotypes about the Muslim and Arab worlds and help the Wichita community better understand its Muslim neighbors.

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The U.S. Attorney for Kansas has released a statement criticizing efforts to bar Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

In a written statement, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom acknowledged that the Paris attacks and the one in San Bernadino have raised people’s anxieties and concerns about terrorism. He is urging Kansans not to turn against one another by letting the fight against terrorism be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, he says, is what the terrorists want.

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Wichita has many parochial schools--schools connected to a church, though they accept people of all faiths. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc visits a private school open to all: This one is connected to the faith of Islam.

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Updated Thursday at 4:35 p.m. with response from CAIR-Kansas.

Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn used the last part of today’s commission meeting to offer a warning to residents: That Muslims are a threat, and residents should, he says, “be prepared.”

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