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Opinion

  • “Islam in America”: A conversation with Jonathan Curiel (book Q & A)

    By Joseph Richard Preville and Julie Poucher Harbin ISLAMiCommentary How do Muslims fit into the quilt of American history? Jonathan Curiel investigates this question in his new book, Islam in America (I.B. Tauris, April 28, 2015). “America’s first Muslims,” he writes, “were perceived as less than human – people put in chains, forced to do field work

  • At its core, American Sniper is about white fear

    At its core, American Sniper is about white fear

    By Joseph Lowndes The Conversation Liberal writers have been lining up for the last month and a half to decry American Sniper along comfortable and predictable ideological lines. “Macho Sludge” was the title of an Alternet piece by David Masciotra. Chris Hedges called it “a grotesque hyper-masculinity that banishes compassion and pity.” Meanwhile, comedian Bill Maher characterized it as a film “about a

  • Islam: a moderate movement by design

    By Imam Mika’il Stewart Saadiq For years now I have heard the word “extreme” become extremely popular. In the mid to late 90s, the word extreme was used as a prefix to excite young risk takers and to promote everything from candy to sporting events. Post 9/11, the suffix “ist” – someone who is proficient,

  • Regular kindness, the best of deeds

    Regular kindness, the best of deeds

    By Karin Friedemann TMO Contributor “The best loved deeds to Allah are the ones that are continuous even if they are not very many.” The importance of continuous good deeds was demonstrated to me by a cat named Golden, who ended up living in my home at my children’s insistence. Originally a stray kitten taken

  • Witnessing ourselves in relationships

    Witnessing ourselves in relationships

    Karin Friedemann TMO Contributing Writer “Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you’re stupid and make bad decisions,” reads a joke circulating on Facebook. But sometimes even smart people make stupid decisions. Many times we don’t actually make conscious decisions but repeat similar mistakes again and again. Part of growing up and learning

  • Engaging non-Muslims key in combating hate crimes in America

    Engaging non-Muslims key in combating hate crimes in America

    By Rashida Tlaib When I saw the following image and text, I was overwhelmed with pride for my fellow Michiganders and state leaders (who are not Muslims) standing proud to acknowledge that no Americans should be targeted or mistreated because of their faith. By joining the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, these local and state

  • A love letter to American Muslims

    A love letter to American Muslims

    By Maria Khwaja Bazi Dear MSA kids, I was 17 on September 11, 2001. It was fall of my senior year of high school, and I was worried about a US History exam. I wore a scarf and performed the afternoon prayer in our school’s library. They wheeled a TV with a live news broadcast

  • UK: Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill receives “Royal Assent” to seize passports, assets, and children of Muslim citizens

    UK: Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill receives “Royal Assent” to seize passports, assets, and children of Muslim citizens

    By Karin Friedemann Even before the UK’s draconian new Counter-Terrorism bill has been passed into law, the British government has started taking Muslim children away from their parents in order to “prevent radicalization.” The Prime Minister also announced an additional £130 million which will be made available over the next two years to strengthen counter-terrorism

  • The Muslim community’s hidden shame

    The Muslim community’s hidden shame

    By Mira Abouelezz Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in MuslimGirl.net at muslimgirl.net/10439/chicago-imam-shaming-women/  Muhammad Abdullah Saleem. Age 75. Founder of the Institution for Islamic Education and prominent religious leader in Illinois. Accused of sexual abuse. Shock waves duly reverberated throughout the local Muslim community, who have revered and trusted Saleem for a little over three

  • On the back-breaking jihad of speaking truth to pain

    By Sherman Jackson “Speak truth to power.”  How often we hear these words, especially when power takes the side of falsehood and injustice. Yet, power, falsehood and injustice are not the only challenges to truth. Pain — emotional, psychological or spiritual — can be an equally powerful inhibitor of the will to speak the truth.

  • Standing together, standing up against hate

    Standing together, standing up against hate

    By Rashida Tlaib My sweet 9 year old son, Adam, brought me to tears last week. He overheard the conversation my husband and I were having about the horrible cartoon in USA Today, depicting Muslims as Nazis. He came up to me and said, “Mama, don’t worry. If anyone asks if I am a Muslim,

  • The cycle of anti-Muslim discrimination in France is likely to worsen

    The cycle of anti-Muslim discrimination in France is likely to worsen

    By Marie-Ann Valfort, Claire Adida and David Laitin Muslims in France and the French host population are locked in a discriminatory equilibrium. This is the conclusion, summarized in our soon-to-be published book, of a six-year research program that investigates whether and why Muslims are discriminated against in France. In 2009, we organized behavioral games in

  • Why Christians can’t ignore the mote in their eye

    Why Christians can’t ignore the mote in their eye

    By Tom Ehrich Religion News Service Despite the fuming of a former Republican governor, President Obama didn’t offend “every believing Christian in the United States” when he noted at a national prayer breakfast that we, too, “committed terrible deeds” in the name of our religion. I, for one, was pleased to have us called back

  • Reflections from the Muslim meeting at the White House

    Reflections from the Muslim meeting at the White House

    By Farhan Latif  As I was walking through the gates of the White House, and making my way towards the west wing, I remembered my last visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  I was a little kid, probably wearing my first suit and red clip-on tie, and had been invited to the Reagan White House for

  • Killing of students hits close to home

    by Aisha Yaqoob (OP-ED) My heart hurts this morning. That could have been any one of us. Tuesday night at 11:38pm, as I was finishing up a paper, I saw Duke Universit’s Omid Safi post on Facebook about a shooting in North Carolina. I didn’t read more than the headline. Scrolled past it. At 12:07am,

  • Your masjid is not a Fortune 500 company, nor should it be

    Your masjid is not a Fortune 500 company, nor should it be

    By Omar Usman Being professional doesn’t mean being corporate. This is a myth being perpetuated in our community – one that I fell for myself. Inherently, it cannot be the case. Islamic work, by definition, is non-profit. Corporate work, by definition, is for maximization of profit. Before continuing, one objection must be addressed, and that

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