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” […]
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...
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Muslims Don't Just Condemn Everything – They Defend Your Right to Everything! How would you react if you came to learn Western Muslim leaders had stated, “We don't support the views of the Ku Klux Klan, but we defend their right to walk...Show More Summary
Pop psychology has this unique ability to take the worst of philosophical sophistry, combine it with the shoddiest research methods, and spit out ill-begotten, yet Scientific™, platitudes about how we should live our lives. WhetherShow More Summary
For mature audience only: Intimacy Matters with Haleh Banani, Umm Reem Saba Syed and Hena Zuberi: Video for Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1wbjDA_p1o Faulty cultural beliefs are not just limited to the East, unfortunately, there are many European cultural beliefs and paradigms that have caused the same damage about female sexuality. Show More Summary
It is time for the McGinley Lecture at Fordham. This term, I will be giving a response to the theme of “Poverty: The Curse and The Blessing." The event will be Tuesday, April 14 at 6PM at the Lincoln Center campus, and repeated on Wednesday, April 15, at 6PM at...
The great British philosopher, logician and mathematician, Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) wrote in his autobiography (1950, p. 395): When I survey my life, it seems to me to be a useless one, devoted to impossible ideals. My activities...Show More Summary
Marble has a rich history of participating in interfaith activities and one of the highlights is our “Trialogue” under the leadership of Dr. Michael Brown. The focus of the service is a conversation among spiritual leaders of three faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Ask a friend to join you for...
If it is okay for women to bare it all in public without regard to the sensitivities of those around them, why is it not ok for men to make comments regarding women’s dress without regard to their sensitivities? Perhaps catcallers are just sexually expressing themselves. Show More Summary
A Cry for Help I have a question and I really don't know where to turn. This is something I can't even talk to my parents or friends about, so I hope you can help me. I am a 19-year-old Muslim girl and I'm sexually attracted to other girls. Please don't judge me. I know […] The post Gay and Muslim? appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.
Unfortunately, this is all pretty routine by now: Islam’s critics accuse Muslims of not being liberal enough while Muslims bend over backwards to prove just how liberal and, hence, acceptable they are. The post What Bill Maher and ISIS Have in Common appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.
Background The latest round of neo-atheist criticisms leveled at our faith that have gone viral in past weeks have come from comedian Bill Maher and neuroscientist Sam Harris while the most prominent responses have come from Reza Aslan,...Show More Summary
Canadians are still recovering from the horrific shootings which took place in Parliament Hill last week. There's a lot that can be discussed as we try to make sense of this tragedy; much has already been said: the potential motivesShow More Summary
Bill Maher is once again on his tirade against Muslims. For a standup comedian who’s made a living out of mocking all things sacred, it’s hard to understand why anyone would believe the misinformation he spreads. His vitriol againstShow More Summary
By Hasib Noor Yet another article about the destruction of the Prophet's grave is published and I catch the story early as it's released. Wincing at the title of the article in the Independent, the UK national daily newspaper”…Muslim...Show More Summary
30% of American Muslims are Black. Every 28 hours a Black person is killed by someone employed or protected by the US Government. What affects the Black community affects us—all life matters, Black life matters. It is crucial that we...Show More Summary
Given the fact that there are not enough Muslim professionals in the Arts, and the lack of a sizeable market to support their work, it stands to reasons that editors, writers, illustrators, musicians and others will only be part time in their work. Show More Summary