What Good is Religion? What Good is Islam?

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa Editor’s Note: This post was written as part of a Patheos symposium in response to the following prompt: “We all know the media mantra, ‘What bleeds, leads.’ Bad news sells, and there’s nothing like a juicy religious scandal to drive traffic. Yet, for every sordid religious story, there are any number of [Read More...]

Why Muslims Must Continue to Stand Up to Anti-Semitism

The Farthest Mosque (al-Masjid al-Aqsa § Bayt al-Muqaddas) in Jerusalem; Photo courtesy of Foter, Author usaid.d800 / photo on flickr

By Maha Elgenaidi On April 7, congregants of Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, Maryland, found their synagogue defaced with swastikas and profanity. The incident devastated congregants like Michael Weisel, who said, “When my wife called me and told me what happened, I was speechless. I started to cry.” Given the long history of anti-Semitism, this attack [Read More...]

Questioning the ‘ISIS Brand’ of Islam

ISIS fighters. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Madiha Waris Qureshi Some analysts insist ISIS is a natural and unavoidable product of Islam. They couldn’t be more off-base. Since the alarming rise of the Islamic State, many political analysts and pundits across the world, especially in the West, have taken it upon themselves to inform more than 1.5 billion Muslims of the [Read More...]

Bullying Behavior: Texas School Teacher Teaches Islamophobic Lessons to Students

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By Saira Siddiqui My heart is heavy tonight as I write this.  It grieves because I am an American, a parent, a community member… But most importantly, it grieves because I am an educator. Before I go further, I want to tell you a story. The year was 1994, and I was a freshman at [Read More...]

To Ayaan Hirsi Ali – The Problem is Not with Islam, but with the Author

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By Zainab Chaudry Authors who publish books generally want to sell them. Well, what sells better then timely, dramatized sensationalism with a personal angle, which reinforces readers’ latent fears and beliefs? After reading Somali-born author and anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s disturbingly deceptive new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, I can confidently [Read More...]

Sexual Abuse Case in Illinois – Open Letter From Ulema Regarding Rights of Media and Public Discussion

Editor’s Note: In the nearly two months since the former president of the Institute for Islamic Education in Elgin, Ill, Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, was charged with criminal sexual abuse for an incident involving a 23-year-old woman (which occurred in April 2014). A Cook County grand jury recently handed down an eight-count indictment against Saleem on charges [Read More...]

Is Living with Islamophobia the New Normal for Muslims?

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By Arzu Kaya-Uranli Honey, don’t get me wrong, but maybe it’s better if you remove these Arabic words from above your door for a while,” my 70-year-old neighbor softly advised me as she was leaving my house. I must have given her a puzzled look because she explained, “Crazy things are happening in the world, and [Read More...]

What Drives a Muslim to Leave His/Her Faith?

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Editorial Note: In recent months, we’ve seen more coverage of Islam by the Patheos Atheist channel as well as a growing spotlight on the relationship and interactions between Atheists and Muslims in wake of the Chapel Hill shootings. One of Patheos’ Atheist bloggers, Kaveh Mousavi, considers himself an ex-Muslim and writes about his conversion-to-deconversion process here. [Read More...]

#BlackLivesMatter and the Women of Malcolm X’s Legacy

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By Margari Hill Often, when we talk about the history of Islam in America, we focus on the great men and their big ideas. This month, in looking at the BlackLivesMatter Movement through the life and legacy of Malcolm X, I thought of the many women who were also part of our nation’s freedom struggle. Just [Read More...]

All Signs Point to Hate Crime in Chapel Hill Murders (and Beyond)

By Sahar Aziz Not just anyone has the capacity for cold-blooded murder. The perpetrator would have to be either a malicious criminal or severely mentally ill. In the tragic murder of three Muslim students (one at UNC-Chapel Hill, two at NC State), the perpetrator was a criminal whose motives reveal a strong bias against all religions, with particular [Read More...]


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