Hajj 2016 – Call for Submissions of Hajj, Dhul Hijjah and Eid ul Adha Stories

The first nine days of Dhul Hijjah (the ninth month in the Muslim calendar) are upon us, a most blessed time leading up to the annual Hajj pilgrimage. (In fact, we are a little behind in putting this call out – but better late then never!) Millions are converging in Makkah and its surrounding areas for the [Read More…]

Thoughts from the RNC: We have Become a Nation of Fear

Embed from Getty Images   By Alan Howard The 2016 Republican Party National Convention has been consigned to history. And what a convention it was. It seemed like the overarching theme was one word: Fear. Fear of lost jobs, of immigrants and refugees, loss of Christian identity, fear of terrorism and Muslims, fear of black [Read More…]

Can We Build off the Inclusiveness of Muhammad Ali’s Memorial to Tackle Racism in Our Muslim Community?

By Zeba Khan Bernie Sanders rightly spoke out on the hypocrisy of people like Donald Trump, who praise Muhammad Ali in one breath and disparage his religious brethren in another: “Don’t tell me how much you love Muhammad Ali and yet you’re going to be prejudiced against Muslims in this country,” the senator said. For many American [Read More…]

In the Battle Against Islamophobia, We Must Stand with Interfaith Partners

By Maha Elgenaidi If anyone doubts the strength of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S., a poll taken last week by YouGov  should settle the issue. It revealed that 51 percent of Americans support a presidential candidate’s proposal to bar all Muslims (except U.S. citizens) from entering the U.S., while a solid plurality (45 percent) support [Read More…]

Don’t Call it Islamophobia, Call it Islamo-Racism – the “Otherizing” of Religion and Race

By Jaideep Singh February 10, Abdul Jamil Kamawal, a 68-year-old Afghani American man, was bludgeoned to death with a shovel in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Remembered as “a pillar in the Muslim community,” he had helped refugees settle in the region for over two decades. Abdul Jamil Kamawal He also founded two non-profit organizations that [Read More…]

Dear President Obama: Guantanamo will Never be Resolved

By Dr. Maha Hilal President Obama gave a speech yesterday highlighting his administration’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay, the infamous prison that has been used to house prisoners in the so-called “War on Terror.” Obama offered several rationales as to why the prison should be closed, such as U.S. national security and its standing in [Read More…]