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  • Right or Left, Bill Maher or Bill O’Reilly, it’s still Islamophobia

    Right or Left, Bill Maher or Bill O’Reilly, it’s still Islamophobia

    By Amer F. Ahmed In one of Bill Maher’s most recent Islamophobic moments he compared the pop star Zayn Malik to the recently convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Last year, Bill Maher and Ben Affleck had a major argument about Islam and Muslims on HBO’s Real Time unveiling that Islamophobia is not exclusive to conservatives or

  • Libya and ISIS: what happened?

    By Mieczyslaw P Boduszynski The Conversation It took the brutality and slick videography of ISIS to bring Libya back into the headlines, highlighting the lawlessness that reigns in that country. ISIS’s outrageous atrocities on Libyan soil are a far cry from the optimism I observed in July 2012, when Libyans went to vote in the elections after

  • Adult brother-sister abuse: the taboo topic

    Adult brother-sister abuse: the taboo topic

    By Karin Friedemann TMO Contributing Writer There is a lot written about how childhood sibling rivalry can scar a person for life. Nationwide, sibling violence occurs four to five times as frequently as spousal or parental child abuse. Author of “Sibling Abuse Trauma,” Dr. John V. Caffaro writes about patients who sabotaged themselves in their

  • 5 things to watch as the 2016 campaign gets underway

    By Tom Ehrich Religion News Service As presidential candidacies multiply and campaigning accelerates, we can expect much tawdriness to occur. These are difficult times in American democracy. Money will pour into negative campaigning and ideological posturing. Lies will become the norm. Every word will evoke counterattack, and facts will lose their currency. Barbed sound bites

  • Hillary Clinton’s campaign: will gender matter?

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign: will gender matter?

    By Ann C McGinley The Conversation Now that Hillary Clinton has announced that she will, indeed, run for the presidency, will her gender matter? After Barack Obama, one might argue that gender may no longer be an issue. Not only has he broken the barriers for African American men, but his presidency has also made

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s tale provides cover for US-led wars

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s tale provides cover for US-led wars

    By Usaid Siddiqui Religion News Service Controversial American author Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been a regular fixture on major news networks lately, discussing her most recent book, “Heretic,” as well as her views on various issues that include violence in Islam and the treatment of Muslim women. An ex-Muslim, Hirsi Ali began her rise to

  • When is lying cultural?

    When is lying cultural?

    By Karin Friedemann, TMO This week, I am thinking about a certain type of lie, that I do not understand because I didn’t grow up with. In the Anglo-Saxon-American culture, yes means yes, no means no and it’s ok to say, “I don’t know yet.” If I personally were to tell a lie, it would

  • Desert Dancer review

    by Susan Schwartz TMO Contributing Writer The Muslim Observer last week attended, by invitation, a press briefing sponsored by BoomGen Studios which presented the story of the widely acclaimed film, Desert Dancer. Desert Dancer is a biographical film about dancer and choreographer, Afshin Ghaffarian who was born and raised in Iran and from his youth fell in love with

  • A debate rages in India over conversion, secularism and ‘spiritual violence’

    A debate rages in India over conversion, secularism and ‘spiritual violence’

    By Murali Balaji Editor’s note: The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Follow RD on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates. Over the past few months, Indian and U.S. media have reported widely about right-wing Hindu groups’ plans to “re-convert” Muslim and Christians to Hinduism (and in some cases, Sikhism). Indeed, the so-called ghar wapsi (“homecoming or conversion”) effort has rung

  • Is racism a problem with Muslims?

    Is racism a problem with Muslims?

    By Marina Ali Diversity is one of my many blessings that we feel when in the Muslim Ummah. You can go anywhere in the world and find a Muslim community. It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished as a whole in the past two thousand years, in terms of the sheer number of people who practice Islam.

  • Jesus’ message embraced by Islam and Christianity

    By Karin Friedemann TMO Contributing Writer The most religiously significant Christian holiday, Good Friday is upon us; celebrated as the day that Jesus was tortured and then crucified by the Roman regime. Many old churches in Europe are decorated with very gory pictures of his suffering, generally called “The Passion of Christ.” While some might

  • Muslim community’s mental health stigma stops healing

    Muslim community’s mental health stigma stops healing

    By Mahvish Irfan Mental illness is an issue affecting nearly 1 in 5 adults. While the Muslim demographic is no different from other demographics in terms of the type of mental issues they face, they are much more susceptible to not receiving proper treatment due to the extreme cultural stigma and lack of understanding associated

  • Standing together for #MARCH2JUSTICE

    Standing together for #MARCH2JUSTICE

    By Rashida Tlaib Why should American Muslims support #MARCH2JUSTICE from New York to DC? “We MARCH2JUSTICE because we believe that together, we can change the landscape of this nation and prove once and for all that ALL men and women are created equal. And we ALL have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit

  • The key to real Middle East change: police reform

    The key to real Middle East change: police reform

    By Mieczyslaw P Boduszynski, The Conversation The recent Justice Department report into policing in Ferguson was scathing about the Missouri force’s bigotry and profit-driven law enforcement. Its findings have resonated with minority communities across America – from Michigan and Washington to California – who have long felt that their police services are predatory rather than

  • Kindness, kittens, and Malcolm X

    Dear: Editor of TMO I really enjoyed reading the latest addition of your paper!! Especially your article about kindness with the picture of the Kitten laying on his/her back. In this face paced world we need more kindness and respect for diverse cultures and tolerance. Additionally, the article about the late Malcolm X’s concern for

  • Writing beyond words

    Writing beyond words

    By Haris A. Durrani Writing beyond words By Haris A. Durrani   The first creative writing piece I workshopped in undergrad told the story of a Pakistani engineering student who rebuilds her father’s mystical gulab jamun machine and saves Manhattan from a gang of neo-Nazis and their patrons on Wall Street. It was narrated by

  • Overcoming neglect: true life precedes true love

    Overcoming neglect: true life precedes true love

    By Karin Friedemann, TMO Contributing writer In nature, animal offspring is occasionally rejected by the mother. This leads to almost certain death. The reasons could vary from the mother’s lack of resources – for example a starving dog might only be willing to nurse the strongest two puppies and let the other ten die –

  • The endless possibilities of spring

    The endless possibilities of spring

    By Karin Friedemann TMO Contributing Writer Surely God Who gives the dead earth life will raise the dead also to life. Indeed, He has power over all things. (Quran 41:39) As I scrape the ice off my car, I find it hard to believe that Spring is almost here. The world around me has been

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