The haj: From Mecca, a promising speech

A haj speech by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia calling for moderation and condemning violence and terrorism may not seem groundbreaking, but gains tremendous significance when considering his traditionalist background. [Read more…]

Oklahoma SQ 755: The unintended consequences of anti-sharia legislation

Critics of Shariah in Oklahoma argue that they oppose it because it is against freedom of religion. In this age, when ignorance and bigotry are being celebrated in America, I am sure that most observers missed the irony in the situation. [Read more…]

Pastor Terry Jones: Florida burning

If Muslims react with anger and indiscriminate violence to a proposed Qur’an burning, then one of promoter Terry Jones’ goals will be fulfilled. Be patient, encourage everyone to be patient, let Terry Jones enjoy the monopoly on barbarity for a while. [Read more…]

Park51 : Pride and prejudice

Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf’s project to build bridges with America has inadvertently become a lightning rod for hatred. If he succeeds in building his center, it will be a triumph for America and its values. But American Muslims will have to pay a big price for it. [Read more…]

Politics: Obama’s historic first victory

While passage of President Barack Obama’s health care bill will not alleviate all America’s health care problems, it demonstrates to those in the public service that short-term political sacrifices are worth making in pursuit of long-term visions. Perhaps true progress in the Middle East will be next. [Read more…]

Dr. Muhammed Tahir ul-Qadri: A fatwa that might work

The fatwa against terrorism and terrorists by Dr. Muhammed Tahir ul-Qadri, a very prominent religious scholar from Pakistan, is neither the first, and may not be the last Fatwa of this kind. But it certainly might be the longest and most comprehensive one. [Read more…]