Entries by Aysha Qamar

Anti-Immigrant Group Mistakes Bus Seats for Women

by Aysha Qamar “It looks really scary, should be banned. You can never know who is under there. Could be terrorists with weapons,” comments on a picture posted on a private Norwegian anti-immigrant Facebook page read. The picture posted, with the comment ‘“What do people think of this?,” in the Facebook group ‘Fedrelandet viktigst’ translating to ‘Fatherland […]

Pakistani Supreme Court Announces Verdict on Panama Papers Case

By Munir M Hasan, PhD The judgment of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan on Panama Papers case has been announced. It is of course a matter of satisfaction and happiness for the people of Pakistan that a corrupt ruler of Pakistan has been disqualified, but still there are some aspects of this decision which are […]

How Muslim Sectarianism is Connected to Islamophobia

by Imam Luqman Ahmad Amidst the climate of increased anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and the cacophony of noise decrying the evils of Islamophobia and the Islamophobes, confronting Muslim sectarianism is not a palpable topic for front line attention. Why should American Muslims even stop to think or care about sectarianism within our own ranks- […]

The Freedoms We Celebrate

 by Azher Quader Earlier this month our country celebrated its 241st Independence Day. That same weekend ISNA had its 54th Annual Convention too, here in Chicago, which was unusual for it as its normal schedule for Labor Day weekend was conflicting with Eid-ul-Adha this year. The confluence of these two events had some special significance and relevance […]

Delicious Kids-Friendly Cookie Recipe

by Noor H. Salem We’ve been discussing dealing with picky children, and undoubtedly, children love their desserts. This cookie bar recipe is made with healthy ingredients, whipped together to make the perfectly delicious cookie bar. Feel free to add in dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and any other toppings you like. You’ll easily be satisfying your […]

Three New Teen Novels Showcase the Diversity of Islam

By Saadia Faruqi Although the year is only half over, three new novels targeted towards Muslim teenagers and young adults are already making news. A combination of dramatic plots and complex characters with real life scenarios of the average Muslim household results in must-read stories, for all ages and backgrounds. God Smites and Other Muslim Girl […]

More Christian Than Muslim Refugees Entered the U.S. After Trump Took Office

by Aysha Qamar While the Trump administration continuously states that the restrictions on immigration it has proposed are not meant to ‘ban Muslims’ from entering the United States, it has successfully enabled a drop in Muslim refugees entering the country. Christian refugees have outnumbered Muslim refugees entering the U.S. during President Donald Trump’s six months in office, […]

Trump Asks Supreme Court to Block Travel Ban Ruling

by Aysha Qamar The U.S. Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a judge’s ruling that prevented the President’s travel ban from being applied to grandparents of U.S. citizens and refugees already being processed by resettlement agencies, Friday. In a court filing, the administration asked the justices to overturn Thursday’s decision by a U.S. […]

Confronting Muslim Sectarianism

by Imam Luqman Ahmad Muslim sectarianism is one of the greatest challenges for Muslims in this century. It affects Muslims worldwide and is responsible for much of the discord in local mosques, the splitting of Muslim communities, and for widespread disunity, displacement of populations, and intra-religious killing amongst Muslims around the globe. So just what is […]

ISPU’s Muslims for American Progress Project

by Fatima Ahmed With an increase in the negative portrayal of Muslims in the media, it is hardly a surprise that Islamophobia and Islamophobic incidents are on the rise. The American-Muslim community is targeted in the press with discourse on Islamic extremism, making terrorism and Islam synonymous in the minds of Americans. Meanwhile, domestic terrorism committed […]

Ramadan, An Exercise in Self Control

by Azher Quader The month of Ramadan comes and goes so fast, it always feels kind of short. As the moon-gazers and the calculators celebrate Eid on the same day, it is a welcome change. While some would wish we all gather at a single site like the spacious McCormick, to create a dazzling spectacle […]