Islam4UK ban: Free speech martyrs

Banning the extremist group Islam4UK does not refute the organization’s twisted beliefs and, worse still, marginalizes British Muslims who do not support them. [Read more…]

Book "Children of Dust": From madrasahs to middle America

By telling his own personal story, with all the painful experiences, Children of Dust author Ali Eteraz humanizes and contextualizes the otherwise one-dimensional “American Muslim” that most Americans read about but never get to know. [Read more…]

Interfaith: The new Christian bridge builders

A new crop of Christian leaders, such as Rick Warren, are demonstrating a willingness to reach out to Muslims in spite of the “Islam is evil” message delivered by many of their counterparts. Are American Muslims ready or able to reciprocate beyond dialogue? [Read more…]

Terrorism: The unequal treatment of two religiously motivated crimes

For two recent crimes, a Muslim, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, is charged with terrorism and murder. In a similar case, a Christian, Scott Roeder, is charged with murder but not terrorism. Yet, there are ample indications that both sought to influence government policy. [Read more…]

Education: The case for an American madrassah

In order for American Muslims to dispel the misperception of incompatibility, American Islamic scholars will need the intellectual gravitas to go toe to toe with foreign trained and overseas scholars. Zaytuna’s proposed “Muslim Georgetown” could achieve this. [Read more…]

Former British PM Tony Blair: More fundamentalism, please

Last week, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair gave a speech in Chicago that focused entirely on a “fundamental” Islam that is “the opposite of what extremists preach.” Instead, if his focus been on extremism as a global threat, he would have been justified in confronting extremist interpretations of Islam. [Read more…]