Entries by Atiya

Republicans Discuss Extremism, but Only the Islamic Kind

by  Saadia Faruqi On June 11, 2017, the Senate Committee on National Security held an extraordinary hearing. It was a roomful of Republicans discussing the safety of our nation, but the only thing discussed was what they like to term radical Islamic terrorism. Titled “Ideology and Terror: Understanding the Tool, Tactics, and Techniques of Violent Extremism”, […]

Mosque (In)Security in the Age of Trump

by S. N. Syed Mosques across America (and elsewhere) are experiencing fires, violence, vandalism, and malicious threats at an alarming rate since the election of Donald Trump (if the rate of incidents since November continues, perhaps up to 1 in 20 mosques in the US might expect to face a security challenge during the Trump […]

100s Gather in Front of Trump Tower to Break their Fast

by Aysha Qamar Ramadan, a month of blessings and reflection consists of fasting from food and water from sunrise to sunset. At the onset of Ramadan on the 6th day, hundreds of Muslims gathered outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan just as rush hour was winding down. Community members, Muslim activists and allies joined two […]

The Trump Muslim Travel Ban: Another Rebuke from the Appellate Courts

by Saeed Khan In a development hailed by immigration rights and social justice advocates alike, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision that the Trump administration’s second executive order/travel ban was unconstitutional. The restriction often cited as effectively a Muslim ban due to its focus on six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, […]

The Mentions of Dates in The Quran and Hadith

by M.I.H. Farooqi The date palm is said to have originated in the Middle East and has proven to be such a source of nourishment that it has become a popular wholesome food across the planet. In many ways, dates may be considered as an almost ideal food, providing a wide range of essential nutrients […]

Anti-sharia Protesters are Selling Phantom Threats

by Victor Ghalib Begg On June 10, an anti-Muslim group organized rallies in numerous cities across our country against the myth of creeping sharia. What is sharia, or Islamic law? In short, the word sharia means “a path” and, by extension, a way to pursue happiness by protecting life, faith, family, intellect, and property. As a […]

The Burden of Being American Muslim in an Anti-Muslim Era

by Fatima Ahmed In November of 2015, a series of coordinated terror attacks took place in Paris which shocked the world. Just last month, a far-right leader tweeted a video of Muslims celebrating on the streets of London, along with the words “Oh look, a crowd of ‘moderate’ Muslims celebrating the Paris Terror attack in London.” That […]

#HappyPeriodDetroit Provides Female Hygiene Products to Local Shelters

by Nargis Rahman Recently #HappyPeriodDetroit, a local chapter of the social movement #HappyPeriod which provides female hygiene products to those in poverty or homelessness, and Youth of Ummah sisters’ youth group teamed up to collect $1,100 worth of products and prepare them for distribution in Metro Detroit. There were products for 863 periods, including 301 […]

Reviving the Lost Art of Forgiveness in Islam

by Luqman Ahmad For many Muslims, the idea of forgiving a bigot, pardoning an aggressor or a harsh unflattering critic or letting a so-called Islamophobe off the hook, is much easier to conceptualize or articulate than it is to actually put into practice. Exacting revenge, seeking recompense, or holding a grudge, simply requires a dash […]

Contemporary Islamic Art Goes on Display from the 1st of Ramadan in Virginia

by Kari Ansari Searching for the Divine in Contemporary Islamic Art, an exhibition of paintings by newly juried Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association member Ahmed Ansari, is on display in TAG (Gallery 311) in Alexandria, VA, until June 18. Apprehension and misunderstandings abound when discussing Islam and Muslims. This exhibit extols the beauty and simplicity of some of the […]

The Lessons Muslim Americans Learn from Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

by Saeed Khan An American president’s first overseas trip is considered significant because it suggests the trajectory a new administration will assume regarding its foreign policy priorities. If President Trump’s first destination of Saudi Arabia is any indication of that prospect, then many analysts will contend that he did not deviate from that script. Beyond […]