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...]

Captain Hook becomes mayor in the UK

No, I'm not talking about that moronic comic book zealot, Abu Hamza Al-Masri. (Sorry if I caused any of you Brits to soil yourselves.) I'm just riffing on this get-up. A milestone in the UK: Britain Gets First Muslim Woman Lord Mayor - Europe - News - In a major leap for the Muslim minority in Britain, a Muslim woman was named on Tuesday, May 24, as the lord mayor of the district of Bradford. Not that it takes anything away from the achievement, but by way of context … [Read more...]

Timely report on French women and the veil

A very timely study on Muslim women and the veil in France has just been released by the Open Society Foundations. It's available for download in English. Unveiling the Truth: Why 32 Women Wear the Full-Face Veil in France | At Home in Europe Project | Open Society Foundations This report from the At Home in Europe Project aims to distinguish myths and misrepresentations surrounding women who wear the full-face veil from the actual experiences and testimonies of the women themselves, by … [Read more...]

Rabbis speaking out against Islamophobia

These public statements are really inspiring. If you're Muslim, please spread the word about this, too. Muslims need to know about the many Jews and members of other faith traditions (including none) who are taking a stand against this campaign of hate. From Stand Together: Rabbis Speak out against Islamophobia (Rabbis for Human Rights), via Joshua Stanton at Tikkun Daily: Ever since the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States, hatred and discrimination against Muslim Americans … [Read more...]

Who’s the Fifth Column again?

This clip of bigoted vitriol from a protest against a Muslim fundraiser in California is pretty revolting stuff.   … [Read more...]