Innovative upcoming online course on Islamophobia

A very interesting online happening is coming up soon: An online course on the rife (or should I say "ripe"?) phenomenon of Islamophobia and strategies for combating it.It looks like a very timely and innovative initiative. I'm sure people from many walks of life would find this enlightening and helpful.  Please check it out and consider supporting it, as I intend to.From the announcement that I received: What must we know about Islamophobia? And how can we fight it?Register now for … [Read more...]

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...]

New York Times op-ed on hijab

There's an unexpected signed op-ed in The Gray Lady defending hijab. Indian Muslim woman's rights activist, Ayesha Nusrat reflects on the benefits off wearing hijab, two months after adopting it, in "The Freedom of the Hijab."I respect hijab, but don't consider it fard (obligatory) today.Nusrat makes some profound points: In a society that embraces uncovering, how can it be oppressive if I decided to cover up? I see hijab as the freedom to regard my body as my own concern and as a way … [Read more...]

Bringing the Greater Jihad to the Silver Screen

Check out this wonderful exchange about the nature of jihad in Islam in a recent film. (And, if you know the film's name, please let me know.)Update: I've been informed it was "Sleeper Cell," a 2005 film I somehow missed. (Actually, it's in my NetFlix queue, but it's a long, long queue.)Aside from the fact that I agree wholeheartedly with its message and think such insights need to be more widely discussed--among not only non-Muslims but also Muslims, even if this isn't a radical new … [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...]

The latest gem from the Creeping Sharia Brigade

Get a load of this piercing insight into constitutional law by phony-ex-extremist-Muslim-of-the-month Kaleem Saleem. Roe vs. Wade is, ahem, part of the liberal conspiracy to impose Islamic law on America! … [Read more...]

Fear not, “Weekend at Bernie’s” is haram after all

Writing in The Christian Science Monitor today, Dan Murphy heaped skepticism on the bizarre sex-with-your-dead-wife story that spread like wildfire yesterday, with my blog being no exception. As he points out, in terms of bizarreness, titillation and dovetailing with stereotypes this tale does seem too "good" to be true.He writes: It was soon mentioned in an English language version of Al-Arabiya and immediately started zipping around social-networking sites. By this afternoon it had set … [Read more...]

The Fiqh of “Weekend at Bernie’s”

Update (26 April 2012): Actually, on further reflection, this story probably is bogus.Granted, sex is part of life and there's nothing wrong or weird about a jurist discussing its various permutations frankly, but, honestly, is this a big problem that needed to be addressed?From "Egypt’s women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws: report" (The Onion Al Arabiya News, 4/25/2012): Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated par … [Read more...]