Are you doing your part to support the few media that support us?

If you didn't catch it, the leading progressive political magazine in America, The Nation, recently came out with an amazing collection of articles on the War on Terror, Muslim integration and Islamophobia. It's a scrumptious feast of the kind of sharp, insightful analysis that's so consistently absent from coverage of these vital issues in the Corporate Media.Among the articles in the July 2-9, 2012 issue of The Nation are:“Fear and Loathing of Islam” by Moustafa Bayoumi. In the US tod … [Read more...]

Publishers Weekly review of All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim

Greetings from Lahore, where I and the family are currently visiting in-laws and trying to stay hydrated.I'm happy to report that Publishers Weekly has a starred review of the book I recently contributed to, “All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim.”The review:All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim Edited by Wajahat Ali & Zahra T. Suratwala. White Cloud (PGW, dist.), $16.95 trade paper (238p) ISBN 978-1-935952-59-6 This latest volume in the I Speak for Myself ser … [Read more...]

New website for “All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim”

There's a new website for the anthology of reflections on being a Muslim man in America that I've mentioned before and to which I contributed an essay.Its contributors section currently has a short bio and picture of moi, for any interested.It's quite an interesting mix of guys.  … [Read more...]

Essay on Malcolm X in Claremont Review

There's a very interesting essay on Malcolm X in the conservative Claremont Review of Books.Among other things, it gives you a taste of the political and cultural milieu from which Malcolm X emerged.There's much to comment on, of course, but I was most struck by the examples provided of his and Elijah Muhammad's tactical cooperation with none other than the Ku Klux Klan. For all their vast differences, the Klan and the Nation of Islam shared a vital overarching objective: both were … [Read more...]

Praying to which god, I wonder…

As a Muslim, I find it hard to put to words how obscene and revolting this report is. According to reports in the media, an elderly woman in a UK senior home may have died due to a delay in receiving medical treatment caused by a Muslim nurse who refused to tend to her until after he finished praying.From The Telegraph:Alzheimer's sufferer Dorothy Griffiths, 87, was found sitting down after staff heard a bang and a carer went to the office for help to lift her.But agency … [Read more...]

Marriage, motherhood, & the Nuclear Option

There's a wonderful post on Imam Suhaib Webb's website on the need for the Muslim community to recognize that, as important and noble as traditional family roles are, there is an infinity of ways that Muslim women may achieve their spiritual potential and serve their Lord. Here's an excerpt from Maryam Amir-Ebrahim's Wifehood and Motherhood are Not the Only Ways to Paradise: Allah (swt) did not create women for the sake of wifehood or motherhood. This is not our first goal, … [Read more...]

American Muslim statement on the 10th anniversary of 9/11

Wajahat Ali has posted (after, characteristically, spearheading the drafting of) a statement signed by a number of prominent Muslims--plus myself-- on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedyon HuffPo called "A Muslim American Declaration." Please check it out. I think it came out very nicely. … [Read more...]

Call for Contributions: “I Speak for Myself: American Men on Being Muslim”

Sorry if you got this twice, but I want to make sure it's in everybody's RSS feeds and featured at the top of the page.Alright, guys, if you're "a practicing Muslim American man, born and/or predominantly raised in the U.S." who's got something to get off his chest about being Muslim in America, this is your chance. From the project's Facebook page:Great news! The 2nd book in the ISFM series will be published next year! We are now accepting submissions.  Please see below for the … [Read more...]