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Counting the Days: Ramadan
May 07, 2021
We visit two Hifz Islamic schools where a new generation is committing the entire Quran to memory. Then we take a look at how the Biden Administration is fairing after 100 days in office. 
Hifz class. Picture by Ambereen Khan
Guardians of the Word: Islamic Schools Prepare A New Generation of Hafiz ul Quran May 07, 2021
Host Amber Khan introduces listeners to students and teachers at two Islamic schools where students attend full-time Hifz programs to learn how to recite from memory the 114 Chapters of the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book.  In conversation with teachers from around the world to the students who make a multi-year commitment to forego traditional school, Khan explores the history of this tradition that dates back to the 7th Century.

Imam Yakup Kansizoglu

Diyanet Center of America

Fitz class

Hifz class

Kelsey Dallas-Potograph courtesy of Deseret News
100 Days Round-up: Faith-based Advocates Respond to the Biden Policy Actions May 07, 2021
Deseret News editor and national religion reporter, Kellsey Dallas walks through the early actions and policy issues that generated the most responses from faith-based advocates and organizations.  From the backlash to the cap on the number of refugees that would be allowed into the country to the tensions over the Equality Act, Dallas shares how religious groups continue to have significant influence in the Biden Administration.

Kelsey Dallas
Religion and politics reporter for the Deseret News and deputy editor of the paper's InDepth team. She holds a master's degree in religion from Yale Divinity School.