Muslim Kids and Bullying – They ‘May Live in America, But They Are Not American’

Muslim children find themselves immersed deeply in a country whose elected leaders regularly identify Islam as America’s bane and call for an extermination of its adherents. [Read more…]

When You’re Gay and Muslim – Finding Allah’s Meaning in All of It

Allow me today to describe one of those elephants. A strange elephant. Allow me to dissect it and hand it over to you, that you may ponder and hopefully open your heart and mind. Let me start off by saying these three words: I am gay. [Read more…]

Is Islam Inherently Secular?

When American Muslims say that America is the closest nation to reconcile itself to Islamic ideals anywhere in the world, they are not speaking of shariah law, they are simply reinforcing their renunciation of the dualistic view of existence. The sacred and secular are one. [Read more…]

Trump’s Modified Muslim Ban – What You Need to Know

President Donald J. Trump’s modified version of the travel ban, aka the Muslim ban, is set to go into affect tonight. The Supreme Court ruling on Monday partially lifted the stay on the Muslim ban, putting into place certain stipulations while allowing travelers from the six mostly-Muslim countries listed in the ban (Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Iran) to still enter the United States. [Read more…]

When Eid is Bittersweet

When I was growing up in Pakistan, it was the tradition that the grieving family would not observe Eid. The family would go into a state of quiet mourning, remembering and missing their dearly departed. For them there would be no new clothes, no gifts, no visits to families, no feasting and no greetings of Eid Mubarak. [Read more…]

Beauty and the Beast – Which of the Two Faces of Islam Will Prevail?

The challenge and struggle of our generation is which face of the House of Islam will triumph? Will it be the beautiful face briefly outlined above or the beastly dimension that will continue to dominate our airwaves? One very much hopes that just like the Beauty and the Beast story line, where the Prince and Belle host a ball for the kingdom and they dance happily ever after into the sunset, that the story line of the Islam also has a beautiful ending, [Read more…]

How ‘Act for America’ and Anti-Muslim Protesters Could Benefit from a Ramadan Iftaar

Perhaps Act for America thinks they are meeting a national crisis through this demonstration. But if they were open to discovering the real facts, what better time to determine these than during the holy month of Ramadan, a time the Koran orders believers to act peacefully. Were they to partake with Muslims in Iftar, the meal eaten after sunset during Ramadan, they might learn the real facts. [Read more…]

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…]