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...]

Is Living with Islamophobia the New Normal for Muslims?

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By Arzu Kaya-Uranli Honey, don’t get me wrong, but maybe it’s better if you remove these Arabic words from above your door for a while,” my 70-year-old neighbor softly advised me as she was leaving my house. I must have given her a puzzled look because she explained, “Crazy things are happening in the world, and [Read More...]

Why Independent Investigations Promote Trust Between Communities and Law Enforcement

Protest at Ferguson, MO police department. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Junaid Afeef Not all accusations of police abuse may be legitimate, but for all but the most spurious allegations, the truth can only be uncovered after an impartial and transparent review. This is why independent investigations, at home and abroad, are indispensable for maintaining trust between the public and those charged with securing the [Read More...]

What Drives a Muslim to Leave His/Her Faith?

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Editorial Note: In recent months, we’ve seen more coverage of Islam by the Patheos Atheist channel as well as a growing spotlight on the relationship and interactions between Atheists and Muslims in wake of the Chapel Hill shootings. One of Patheos’ Atheist bloggers, Kaveh Mousavi, considers himself an ex-Muslim and writes about his conversion-to-deconversion process here. [Read More...]

#BlackLivesMatter and the Women of Malcolm X’s Legacy

Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz

By Margari Hill Often, when we talk about the history of Islam in America, we focus on the great men and their big ideas. This month, in looking at the BlackLivesMatter Movement through the life and legacy of Malcolm X, I thought of the many women who were also part of our nation’s freedom struggle. Just [Read More...]


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