Between Disengagement and Changing Paradigms – A New Path for America’s Mosques

How does one resolve these two parallel realities – that while there are fewer people going to mosques than before, houses of worship can and often do help congregants integrate more into American society? Is a mosque revolution the answer? [Read more…]

On Malcolm X, Blackness and Muslim-ness Through the Lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates

How, are we to understand Malcolm X’s legacy at a time when a prominent face of American Islam has spoken out against the movement for Black Lives even as calls for solidarity between Muslims and communities of color in the age of Trump are invoking his name anew? Viewing Malcolm X through the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, “Between the World and Me” is a good place to start. [Read more…]

#Activism: How Muslims Became Maryland’s Premier Political Force

Aside from the obvious refrain many have gotten used to me sharing — that there is not a single Muslim elected to any office at the county, state or federal level in Montgomery County — there are other reasons that the Muslim Democratic Club’s political success should matter to every Democrat in our county and beyond. For one, we prove that grassroots coalition building can have a lasting impact on our county. [Read more…]

On Black American Muslim Contributions to the Fabric of Our Society

Over the years, many Black American Muslims have been at the forefront of articulating Islamic thought for the growing American Muslim community. But, this seems to have changed as a dominant narrative has taken over. [Read more…]

Working with LGBTQ & Other Allies – Moving Beyond the Kumbaya in Interfaith Work

It’s time to move beyond the holding hands and singing kumbaya. It’s time to make alliances with folks we don’t typically ally with. It’s time to have difficult conversations about difficult subjects. It’s time to recognize who has stood up for us and stand up for them as well, even if we don’t align theologically — we align as humans. [Read more…]

On Black Suffering and the Legacy of Liberating Black Spirituality

Insisting on silent suffering as a requisite for salvation, on supplication as a substitute for struggle and demanding deference to dogma or to Muhammadan descendants, whose silence is indicative of both disengagement and distance from the black and Muslim experience, as conditions of Divine deliverance from oppression is to misrepresent the meaning of mercy. [Read more…]