What Good is Religion? What Good is Islam?

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa Editor’s Note: This post was written as part of a Patheos symposium in response to the following prompt: “We all know the media mantra, ‘What bleeds, leads.’ Bad news sells, and there’s nothing like a juicy religious scandal to drive traffic. Yet, for every sordid religious story, there are any number of [Read More...]

Why Muslims Must Continue to Stand Up to Anti-Semitism

The Farthest Mosque (al-Masjid al-Aqsa § Bayt al-Muqaddas) in Jerusalem; Photo courtesy of Foter, Author usaid.d800 / photo on flickr

By Maha Elgenaidi On April 7, congregants of Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, Maryland, found their synagogue defaced with swastikas and profanity. The incident devastated congregants like Michael Weisel, who said, “When my wife called me and told me what happened, I was speechless. I started to cry.” Given the long history of anti-Semitism, this attack [Read More...]

Questioning the ‘ISIS Brand’ of Islam

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By Madiha Waris Qureshi Some analysts insist ISIS is a natural and unavoidable product of Islam. They couldn’t be more off-base. Since the alarming rise of the Islamic State, many political analysts and pundits across the world, especially in the West, have taken it upon themselves to inform more than 1.5 billion Muslims of the [Read More...]

Bullying Behavior: Texas School Teacher Teaches Islamophobic Lessons to Students

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By Saira Siddiqui My heart is heavy tonight as I write this.  It grieves because I am an American, a parent, a community member… But most importantly, it grieves because I am an educator. Before I go further, I want to tell you a story. The year was 1994, and I was a freshman at [Read More...]

To Ayaan Hirsi Ali – The Problem is Not with Islam, but with the Author

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By Zainab Chaudry Authors who publish books generally want to sell them. Well, what sells better then timely, dramatized sensationalism with a personal angle, which reinforces readers’ latent fears and beliefs? After reading Somali-born author and anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s disturbingly deceptive new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, I can confidently [Read More...]

Sexual Abuse Case in Illinois – Open Letter From Ulema Regarding Rights of Media and Public Discussion

Editor’s Note: In the nearly two months since the former president of the Institute for Islamic Education in Elgin, Ill, Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, was charged with criminal sexual abuse for an incident involving a 23-year-old woman (which occurred in April 2014). A Cook County grand jury recently handed down an eight-count indictment against Saleem on charges [Read More...]


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