Muslim and Jewish Communities Join to Combat Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

The anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bigotry of our current political leadership represent a methodical and ideological shift away from pluralism as a shared ideal. Trump is, quite overtly, asserting himself as the leader of a far-right white nationalist movement, as is evidenced by the violence and censure aimed at people of color who showed up at Trump rallies. [Read more…]

Is the Quran to Blame? Looking at Domestic Violence and Scriptural Interpretation

How have passages from the Quran been interpreted and misinterpreted with regards to domestic violence? What does verse 4:34 really mean? [Read more…]

Muslims and Domestic Violence – Searching for a Faith-Based Solution

Domestic violence is as prevalent in Muslim communities as it is in other faith communities. Do victims/survivors report crimes to clergy or law enforcement? Could the search for a faith-based solution reflect the idea that this is a faith-based problem? [Read more…]

When You’re Gay and Muslim – Finding Allah’s Meaning in All of It

Allow me today to describe one of those elephants. A strange elephant. Allow me to dissect it and hand it over to you, that you may ponder and hopefully open your heart and mind. Let me start off by saying these three words: I am gay. [Read more…]

Is Islam Inherently Secular?

When American Muslims say that America is the closest nation to reconcile itself to Islamic ideals anywhere in the world, they are not speaking of shariah law, they are simply reinforcing their renunciation of the dualistic view of existence. The sacred and secular are one. [Read more…]