Why Independent Investigations Promote Trust Between Communities and Law Enforcement

Protest at Ferguson, MO police department. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Junaid Afeef Not all accusations of police abuse may be legitimate, but for all but the most spurious allegations, the truth can only be uncovered after an impartial and transparent review. This is why independent investigations, at home and abroad, are indispensable for maintaining trust between the public and those charged with securing the [Read More...]

Muslim Response to Chapel Hill: Honoring the Slain and Building Bridges

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha  and Razan Abu-Salha

By Alan Howard By now you have probably heard of the tragic shooting deaths of the three students in Chapel Hill, NC – Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Abu-Salha. You have no doubt also heard of the arrest a short while later of the suspect Craig Stephen Hicks who has admitted [Read More...]

Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI): Love Me or Hate Me

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The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives this week, and we welcome your comments below. By Samar Kaukab Here is a fact: most Americans, and even many American Muslims, have never heard [Read More...]

Praying for Victims in Peshawar, Praying for Humanity

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The editors, columnists and contributors at Altmuslim want to extend their grief and prayers to the 141 individuals — 132 of which are children (according to the Pakistan military) — killed in a violent attack on an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan. The Pakistan Taliban (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the horrible attack. Why a [Read More...]

Why Pakistan Should Embrace Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Malala Yousufzai

Malala yousafzai

By Zainab Chaudry It’s a proud moment for Pakistan, but many Pakistanis aren’t embracing it.Malala Yousufzai — the courageous, 17-year-old young woman who became a global beacon of hope for girls seeking to gain an education — has won the Nobel Peace Prize.Predictably enough though, it hasn’t taken long for the critics to mobilize.Since Friday morning when [Read More...]

Thank You, Bill Maher, for Proving Islamophobia is Real

Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Sam Harris

By Zainab Chaudry If there’s one issue these days that unites self-identifying liberal and conservative political pundits who otherwise can never seem to agree on anything, it’s bashing Islam. Last week, stand-up comedian and political commentator Bill Maher invited a scholar on religion, Reza Aslan, as a guest on his HBO talk show “Real Time” [Read More...]


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