What’s Islamic About “Star Wars”?

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By Farouk Peru As a lifelong fan of Star Wars (I went to see “The Empire Strikes Back” at the age of four), it is perhaps very predicable for me to link it to another great passion of my life – Islam. At one point, I watched at least one of the original trilogy every [Read More...]

Being a Black American Muslim Woman – A Study of Challenges

BlackinMSA tweet

By Margari Hill On November 21st, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative kick-started the #BlackInMSA hashtag. It began with a conversation on our steering committee’s WhatsApp group about the current tensions between black students and their non-black peers in Muslim Student Associations the night before. This conversation was important given the current struggle Black Muslim students face [Read More...]

Supporting Ourselves and Each Other – A Spiritual Response to These Times


By Afeefa Syeed “I just don’t even know how to feel; I’m either numb in my mind or hurting in my heart.” Over the past decade and half, American Muslims have seen aspects of this complicated identity play out: Besides more than one family losing a relative in the Twin Towers, in another family a [Read More...]

How Can Muslims Proactively Combat or Guard Against Extremists?

By Farouk Peru I went to bed last night praying. The news of the San Bernardino murders were just breaking out and obviously, I prayed it would not be Muslims who were responsible. Today, God answered my prayers by allowing it to be just so. The suspect is not only a Muslim but bears my [Read More...]

To Be Unknown or Forgotten – the Erasure of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

"Delta Block captives kneel during midday prayers at Camp 6, a steel and cement prison building on March 18, 2011 at the U.S. Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in this image taken and distributed by the U.S. Navy. PETTY OFFICER DAVID P. COLEMAN / US NAVY"

By Dr. Maha Hilal They can take everything you own-your property, your best years, all your joys, all your good works, everything down to your last shirt — but you’ll always have your dreams so you can reinvent your stolen world. — Yasmina Khadra When I hear the word “Guantanamo,” there is little other than [Read More...]

Dear Prisoners: A Thanksgiving Letter to those in Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba

Delegates from Witness Against Torture, including Dr. Maha Hilal, hold Thanksgiving with a symbolic prisoner of Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. Photo by WAT's Justin Norman.

By Dr. Maha Hilal The U.S.-lead “War on Terror” in response to the 9/11 attacks lead to a myriad of disastrous policies that largely and indiscriminately targeted Muslims and Muslim Americans. One of the biggest stains on the American legacy in this regard is the Guantanamo Bay prison to house an exclusively Muslim male population. [Read More...]