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President Obama’s Speech at Mosque Missed American Families Victimized by State Violence

Ultimately, my frustration lies with the American Muslim community. It is us who refuse to face the reality behind a recurring cycle of violence that is buttressed by deep-seated Islamophobia [1]. We continue to frantically put a band-aid...Show More Summary

Review: Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Islam and the Future of Tolerance is a dialogue about the possibilities of reforming Islam between Sam Harris, neuroscientist and New Atheist, (one of the Four Horsemen of the Non-Apocalypse), and Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist turned reformist. As the book details, the idea for this discussion began in the wake of an Intelligence Squared […]

A Busy Church Month

2 weeks agoReligion / Islam : islamicate

In January 2016, I was blessed to be invited to share the pulpit at two Collegiate churches in New York City. The first was Marble Collegiate Church, as part of their annual Trialogue amongst the Abrahamic traditions. January 10, 2016 Three Faiths, One Family from Marble Collegiate Church on Vimeo....

A Conversation with Kashif Pasta, Director of Zoya

Kashif Pasta is the founder of Dunya, a communications agency that aims to bring relatable narratives to South Asian and Muslim communities in North America. He and his team recently produced Zoya, a short film following a high school girl who doesn’t quite expect her peers’ reactions when she decides to experiment with hijab.   […]

Taqwa Through Anti-Bias Education

My first taste of racism occurred in kindergarten, where my classmates barred me from drinking out of the water fountains. When I was in fourth grade, a  sixth grader in the neighborhood took her rage out on me, called me a N—- and pulled out a plug of my waist length hair. The trauma I […]

Dégradé: An Exaggerated Drama?

Crossposted on Arab Hyphen Dégradé, a film by Palestinian twin brothers Tarzan and Arab Abou Nasser, forces the viewer into a claustrophobic situation and cranks up the tension to an almost unbearable degree.  The title (which refers to a layered haircut but also evokes the word degradation) is an apt one, as the film uses the enclosed […]

Stop Demanding White Christian CVE

As Americans it is vital everyone, particularly community leaders, interact with all community institutions, including law enforcement. However, act carefully and in the best interests of the weakest and most vulnerable in the community. Show More Summary

No Justice No LeBron: A Last Thought

It is true. I asked you to sit out. The reason I went as far as to ask you to sit out is because every bit of empathetic work you have done makes you the archetype for this sort of leadership. Whether it be hoodies, t-shirts or 4th quarter comebacks, your energy commands allegiance. Show More Summary

The Problem with the America-Latinx Standard

Since I moved to Canada, I cannot go a spring without someone asking what I will be doing to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The first time I heard it, I was pretty confused. Now I am just annoyed. You’ll see, Cinco de Mayo is a civic holiday in Mexico. We commemorate a battle won against […]

Delawareans Reject Anti Muslim Bigotry And Stand With Muslims

                Op-ed By Muqtedar Khan Profoundly hateful comments by Donald Trump, reminiscent of Nazi Fascism, and a number of incidences of violence, vandalism and arson against Muslims and Islamic centers has focused global attention on the outbreak of anti Muslim bigotry in America. No doubt, Republican Presidential candidates have […]

Silence or Intervention?

A recent report in The Independent highlighted that there has been a spike in Islamophobic hate crime of more than 300 per cent since the Paris attacks. Most victims of the UK hate crimes were Muslim girls and women aged from 14 to 45 in “traditional Islamic dress.” Even before the attacks, the recent high […]

Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price

  Brave New Films exposes Wal-Mart's unscrupulous business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Walmart executives. (2:22) – How Walmart Destroys Communities – Whether it's a family rum hardware store or a small eye glass store, when Walmart opens in small towns like Middlefield, Ohio long established, independently run […]

Of Niqabs, Neo-Cons and the New Prime Minister | Canadian Elections and the Muslim Vote

By Waleed Ahmad Canada's new Prime Minister is hijab-friendly. Too friendly, as some evidence seems to suggest. (Seriously, who kisses the PM? And this isn't the first time. I recall the elders rolling their eyes in disappointment as young girls chased Trudeau down the hall after his talk at the RIS convention a few years […]

Open Letter to J.K. Rowling From a Palestinian Fan

Dear J. K. Rowling, I am an avid fan of yours, and have continuously read your Harry Potter books non-stop since the age of 11. My whole house is splattered with memorabilia, and I have just returned from visiting Harry Potter World which was one of the most amazing trips of my life. I'm 100% […]

Why We Have to Talk About Trump: The GOP Debate and Beyond

According to quite a few critics of Wednesday night's GOP debate, it went too long and was too focused on Trump (again). After taking 16 pages of notes, I had to agree about the length of time, but I disagree about the amount of focus on Trump.  He must be discussed, but in a savvy and […]

Parenting Young Women in the Age of Extremism

By Umm Reem Why Teen Girls maybe Joining ISIS In retrospect I became a part of what I believe now was a cult because I had a strong personality, leadership qualities and I wanted to make a difference. But most importantly, I lacked a strong relationship with my parents. I was raised through typical “immigrant-parenting” […]

5 Reasons The Muslim World Needs a Jon Stewart

There will be many who read the title of this article and think – of all the many, many things that the Muslim world does need – they're pretty sure that a middle aged liberal Jewish comedian isn't one of them. And they would be wro...

Debating Homosexuality

In light of the recent US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, we have seen a number of Muslim scholars reiterate the position of Islamic law on same-sex acts. What we have not seen much of, however, is reasoning explaining why Islamic law prohibits same-sex acts. Clearly many people today including Muslims do not understand […]

Ramadan vs. Ramzan: How to Do Things with Words

Nationalism is a funny thing. It can be the source of bonding and camaraderie as well as the cause of animosity, chest-puffing, and downright silliness. Just consider all the online debate about the recent article “Why are Indian Muslims using the Arabic word 'Ramadan' instead of the traditional 'Ramzan'?“, written by Shoaib Daniyal. The article details how, […]

The Art of Getting through Long Islamic Lecture Series

Once upon a time, it was hard to get a hold of quality Islamic lectures. But now, fast forward a few years – and you have a lecture overload. The issue is no longer, “Where can I find them?” Rather, now it's, “How can I get through them?” How can I get through materials that I know will […]

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