Clothing bans: Burqini blues

Those who wish ban the Burqini, as is happening in Europe, should simply say, “We don’t like Muslims swimming in our pools.” Any other justification, such as hygiene or “disturbing small children” simply doesn’t hold water. [Read more…]

Hizb-ut-Tahrir: Practicing what they preach?

In their first US conference, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, the global Islamic caliphate movement, claims to “project a positive image of Islam to the West and engage in dialogue with Western thinkers, policymakers and academics.” Their actions, tactics, and past antics strongly belie this contention. [Read more…]

Politics: The elected women of Kuwait

Although women have become heads of state in Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Senegal, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, women have a long way to go to achieve full political and social equality. The electoral victory of four women in Kuwaiti elections is a huge first step. [Read more…]

NY terror arrests: A more chilling plot?

Although we must all be vigilant against this or any other attack against any community, the recent arrest of four “dimwitted” would-be terrorists, egged on by a paid government informant, continues a worrying trend of fishing expeditions substituting for real intelligence. [Read more…]

Extremism: Does Islam need a reformation?

Given the often terrible news about Islam, it is only natural to wonder whether Islam itself is the problem. Yet, as tempting as it is to apply the Christian experience as analogy, it is a flawed premise from the very beginning. [Read more…]

Darfur: Rallying to the wrong cause

It took an indictment by the International Criminal Court to rally the Muslim world to the cause of Darfur. But Muslim countries are rallying to support Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, rather than to support the victims of the Darfur tragedy. [Read more…]