How Ramadan Can Boost Some Towards Salafism

It is clear that Ramadan and the social activities it fosters – such as tarawih and iftar – has helped to create an environment in which conservative practices, such as the niqab, are judged by the women to be right and praiseworthy, rather than extreme and embarrassing, and has led some to embrace Salafism. [Read more…]

A Muslim Sexual Abuse Survivor Pushes Back

Regardless of these ongoing battles of community shaming, I am not defeated. I will not stop speaking out about my being a survivor of sexual abuse. I will break these barriers and keep the conversation going. I will share my story and fight. [Read more…]

In Battling FGM, We Must Center Muslims Women and Girls

By Samar Kaukab Here is a well-known aphorism: It is hard to see that which is invisible. Take oxygen. It surrounds us; without it we would cease to exist. Yet, most of us do not walk around “seeing” oxygen. Like oxygen, there are other invisibilities that permeate our worlds, are unavoidable even. Unlike oxygen, sometimes [Read More…]

Senate Holds Hearings on Hate Crimes, But No Muslims Were Invited to Speak

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding a hearing on “Responses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes” at a time when the topic could not be more relevant. But, it is disappointing that no Muslims were invited to speak at the hearing, especially since hate crimes against Muslim Americans are on the rise. [Read more…]

On Modesty and Similarities Between Pence and the Prophet Muhammad

It’s a hypocrisy to project a subconscious motivation of misogyny on Mr. Pence when the prophet of Islam (PBUH) himself invoked similar principles in his own lifetime. Owing to the heightened surveillance and scrutiny he was under, Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) applied higher standards of behavior and modesty on himself and his family than he prescribed to the greater community. When it comes to people in positions of power, self-repression can be a form of social responsibility. [Read more…]

Turkey’s Unethical Interference in American (Muslim) Civic Society is Dangerous

Why is the Turkish AKP government, which is viewed by their followers and sympathizers as exemplars of Islam, adopting tactics favored by anti-Muslim groups? Why does a foreign government feel obliged to warn U.S. citizens about “infiltration”? Is the U.S. government not capable to keeping its own citizens safe? [Read more…]