Entries by Aysha Qamar

Healthy Eating While Building Muscle

by Noor H. Salem You look around and see billboards, commercials, and online advertisements of body builders and athletes consuming protein shakes, protein bars and even products like protein chips and cookies. With the extraordinary marketing tactics or perhaps the trend amongst your friends and those at the gym, you might have fallen into the obsession […]

Stress: More Harmful Than You Can Comprehend

by Noor H. Salem Stress: something you can undoubtedly relate to in some shape or form. Whether it’s being an on-the-go soccer mom or the pile of tasks only growing on your desk at work- you face stress on different levels each and every day. Perhaps, that stress is coming from something more severe, like the […]

The Worst Act of Domestic Terrorism in US History

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah It was a peaceful night in Las Vegas. The strip- the mile long road that has the most casinos and hotels- was as busy as ever and Sunday traffic to Arizona, California and Utah was running smoothly. But the arena around Mandalay Bay was unusually busy, thousands had assembled there to […]

Moore Wins Alabama GOP Primary

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah Roy Moore the staunch opponent of a Plural and Secular America wins Alabama GOP Primary He claims he upholds the US constitution, yet he defies its principles. He is an attorney and former judge and knows fully well that “Congress shall make no law establishing religion nor abridge the free exercise […]

The Martyrdom of Imam Hussein

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah Muharram, the 10th of the Islamic calendar brings out fissures in the Muslim community. Its a day when a segment of Muslims mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet and the other segment that equally loves the Prophet and his family, minimize or ignore the martyrdom. While […]

Sexual Harassment in Religious Institutions

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah Every time someone brings up an accusation pertaining to sexual harassment against a prominent religious figure, regardless of his or her faith, people in general react in a manner of disbelief. How is it possible? They ask and then speculations begin. “It must be a conspiracy,” suggest those who are die […]

Reflection: On My Knees

by Dr. Mike Ghouse Kaepernick is my hero, I pray for Trump and may God save the American Flag and for what it stands for; Freedom. Every time I see the flag, I say a short prayer, “May justice, liberty, freedom and pursuit of happiness be the corner stones of our flag. One thing that […]

Saudi Arabia Lifts Driving Ban on Women

by Aysha Qamar A royal decree has been issued by Saudi Arabia, that will allow women in the country to drive, the Saudi Foreign ministry said Tuesday on its official Twitter account. Following the decree, women will no longer need permission from a legal guardian to get a license and will not need a guardian in […]

Pressure Mounts on Myanmar to Stop Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

Featured Image Credit: Adam Dean/The New York Times by TMO Staff They came out in- London, Toronto, Ottawa, New York, Washington, Houston, Arlington, Denver, Birmingham, Toledo, Seattle, Kansas City, Kansas, Los Angeles, Lanham, Tampa, Santa Clara, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Atlanta and in Moscow- to show solidarity with Rohingyas on September 16, yet the military […]

The Russian and the US Religious Right Axis

  by Dr. Aslam Abdullah It was a sensational revelation yet, it could not generate enough discussion even among those who were directly affected by the disclosure. Facebook has acknowledged receiving advertisement money from Russian interest groups for posts announcing anti-Muslim rallies in Idaho in 2016. The revelation was seen as yet another proof of […]

Muslims at the Forefront of Relief Work

by Aisha Asif Media Director at ICNA Relief When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 breaking away the levees and unleashing destruction at a level not seen before, it was then that ICNA Relief stood up for the first time to respond to a disaster. The organization mobilized Islamic centers, mosques, and the Muslim American community […]

Orlando Mosque Welcomes Hurricane Irma Evacuees

by Aysha Qamar While many worshipping and religious houses closed their doors to avoid Hurricane Irma destruction, Tariq Rasheed, the imam of the Islamic Center of Orlando, opened his mosque for people seeking shelter, hosting around 150. After millions were forced to flee as Hurricane Irma traveled up Florida’s west coast, the Islamic Center of Orlando, Jama […]

A Hummus Recipe Bursting with Antioxidants

by Noor H. Salem Certified Holistic Health Coach While traditional hummus, which is a dip made primarily of chickpeas, does not come in the vibrant green color, this twisted version of the traditional comes with a myriad of health benefits for your physical and mental health. Your initial response to spinach hummus might not be so […]

Hajj: The Journey of A Lifetime

by Sofia Begg Latif Hajj has truly been the journey of a lifetime. It was a lesson in recognizing our own insignificance- our bodies physically exhausted and weakened- the perspective of being one among millions under the harsh heat of the Arabian sun, our hearts beating, hands lifted seeking His Mercy.   Together, we all prayed […]

Natural Calamities and Our Response

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah Every time a natural calamity occurs some people, who claim to be religious, claim that it is part of a divine punishment meted out to human beings because of the deviation of a few. Scientists tell us that such natural calamities occurred in our world when there were no human beings. […]

No Place to Run, No Place to Hide: How the Genocide in Myanmar Against Muslims Has Unfolded

by Amina Khan Rohingya women, men, and children are ruthlessly being executed by the Myanmar army as a form of ethnic cleansing. These Muslims are being hunted like animals, whilst Buddhists burn and behead them for simply being of Rohingya descent. Despite claims from leader Aung San Suu Kyi that allegations on the government’s participation in […]