An Open Letter to Young Muslim Americans – This is Our Time to Struggle

Dear Young Muslim Americans: I am one of you. I write this with a heavy heart. A heart overwhelmed empathy, love, sorrow, and hope. We face many struggles right now, and with struggles come opportunities, exhaustion and questioning. Questioning about whether we’re doing it right, debates about what the best methods and solutions are, disagreements [Read More…]

Pushing Secularism over Democratic Values – France’s PM Supports Hijab Ban in Universities

By Saideh Jamshidi Some Westerners, especially in France, view Muslim women who wear a hijab or head scarf, as backward-looking, oppressed by religion and unsophisticated. Such views have intensified after the Brussels terrorist attack. France, a country in anger following the ISIS attacks in Paris and fearful of the growth of Muslim extremism, is on [Read More…]

#GiveHope1000 – Creating Opportunities for Disabled Entrepreneurs

By Amanda Quraishi The biggest challenge that most disabled people have isn’t learning how to live and work with their disability in a world that privileges the abled. No, the biggest challenge is convincing others that they are just as capable of things as anyone else. Despite the leaps and bounds that the disabled community [Read More…]

Dear Trump Supporters – A Peace House Video

Various ethnic, religious and minority groups — from Muslims to Latinos to African Americans — have watched with horror and trepidation the rise and growth of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and more so the thousands upon thousands of supporters pushing him forward and feeding into his soundbites and rhetoric. Viral videos from various Trump rallies [Read More…]

Insulting Muslim Fashion and Modest Dressing is as Bad as Forcing the Hijab

By Saideh Jamshidi To cover or not to cover, that’s the problem, but to whom? When Yves Saint Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé recently advised fellow designers to have nothing to do with Muslim fashion, he sounded less like a renowned global fashion designer and more like the Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of [Read More…]

Moving Past the Condemnations: Recognizing Muslims’ Contributions to Our Public Safety

By Alejandro J. Beutel, Stephanie Choi, Sarala Prabhu and Erika Swanson Over the past several months, questions and scrutiny surrounding American Muslims have intensified, particularly amid heated Presidential campaign rhetoric, the Paris attacks, San Bernardino and most recently, Brussels. As a result, many have raised an oft-repeated pair of questions: “Why aren’t American Muslims and [Read More…]

Why is Muslim Fashion and Modest Dressing the Story That Never Ends?

By Michael Wolfe Standing ovations at TED Talks are not that common. The last one I recall was a magician with a sword who, literally, showed his audience how to swallow fear. Imagine then the collective surprise when Dahlia Mogahed, social science research wonk, mother of two, and a practicing Muslim walks on stage, poised, [Read More…]

Why the Quran Protects Against Radicalization: A Rebuttal to USA Today’s Nabeel Qureshi

  By Tahir Nasser The dust from the bombs had barely settled in Brussels when the first anti-Islamic articles started appearing in major news outlets. In particular, Christian pundit Nabeel Qureshi was brought out on USA Today to make some rather remarkable claims about the Quran. They were remarkable, not just for their falsehood but [Read More…]

Women’s History Month: Learning from Wise Women in All Stages of Life

By Anisha Ismail Patel Its 1991, I am 18 years old, young and impressionable. My sweet sister-in-law Rubina takes me to a women’s charity event being held at the elegant Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre, Malawi.  The positive energy being radiated from the amazing role models in the room wraps me around like a warm [Read More…]

The Truth About ‘Safe Spaces’ – MPAC Addresses Changes and Criticisms

By Hoda Hawa Prior to 9/11, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) had foreseen the problems arising out of extremist views taking hold in some quarters of the Middle East and had issued policy papers on this topic, but it was really in April 2013 after the Boston Marathon bombings that MPAC decided that our [Read More…]


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