Black History Month: Reflect and reunite

As we reflect over this sad state of affairs in the Muslim-American community, we must ask ourselves: Have other communities been the subject of marginalization, threats, and suspicion? Have other communities had their houses of worship attacked? Have other communities had to fight for their rights? The answer is an unequivocal yes. [Read more…]

The new Egypt: What role will the Brotherhood play?

Like it or not, Islamic political parties are part of the political fabric in many countries in the Middle East, and it is time we treat each Islamist group as an individual entity, rather than lump them all together as “radicals” and “terrorists.” [Read more…]

Arizona shootings: Let’s all “refudiate” collective blame

The tragedy in Tuscon has deeply wounded our country (and Sarah Palin, in particular) but there is an opportunity for our country to be made stronger as a result of what has happened if we remember the words of Barack Obama and not “use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other” as American Muslims have experienced. [Read more…]

Media: Is there an antidote for anti-Muslim rhetoric?

There is no substitute for local engagement when it comes to changing American perceptions about Islam and Muslims. Even though much damage has been done to our reputations, there is still time and hope to set the record straight. [Read more…]

Fasting: Ramadan and God’s love

You can fake prayer: you can pray in front of other people so that they can say you pray. You can fake giving alms; you can fake going to Mecca. But you can’t fake fasting. And that is how we can show our love for God. [Read more…]

Gender segregation: On second thought…

Recent admissions by some clerics in Saudi Arabia that the monarchy’s strict gender segregation may have been the result of Qur’anic misinterpretations could help align that country more towards its moderate peers. But it also raises questions about the infallibility of past Islamic rulings. [Read more…]