Trump, Interment Camps and Muslim Bans – an FAQ

By Maureen Pettibone Ryan Donald J. Trump has made several statements during his campaign that have given rise to concerns about civil rights in America, particularly for minority groups such as Muslim Americans. This essays serves as  a starting point to address the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s proposed policies regarding Muslims. Much of this discussion is [Read More…]

What Routes will Muslim Communities be Charting in a Trump Administration?

By Shabana Mir Faith and ideological communities should expect a painful and polarizing four years. It will be like an endless Thanksgiving dinner with the racist auntie and the anti-Semitic cousins and the sexist grandpa. Communities will be torn apart, interrogating anew what keeps them together and asking if that glue is enough to keep [Read More…]

For the Sake of the Struggle, Don’t Give into Fear – Reflections from Sh. Hamza Yusuf

Embed from Getty Images By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs, 31:8-9 As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul [Read More…]

And Then I Cried – Election 2016 Reflections

  By Sabeeha Rehman It was 5:00 a.m., and the Empire State Building was lit up in blue.  Blue! Could it really be? Miracles do happen. Four years ago, I had gone to bed well before the election results were called out. Early next morning, I looked out the window and saw the majestic Empire [Read More…]

American Muslims Leaders and Activists Respond to a Trump Presidency

By Engy Abdelkader Tuesday’s presidential election results proved traumatic for a number of Muslim Americans. Almost immediately a spectrum of emotions reigned — fear, confusion, uncertainty, disbelief, affirmation and even, determination. Like other Americans, many of us are shocked that misogyny, racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia seemingly prevailed – embodied in a single individual who will now [Read More…]

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A Show Called Trumpmania

By Kari Ansari Something called “media” provided a little, little narcissistic man with extreme insecurities a beautiful platform from which to speak; it was so beautiful it caught the attention of Joe Six Packs and Hockey Moms around the country. As he came down a golden escalator to speak to everyone from the shopping mall [Read More…]

Vote with Your Heads, Vote Against Trump

  By Imam Abdullah Antepli In the final tense day of what has been a long and bitter election contest, Muslims throughout the U.S. are feeling anxiety and concern as most of the polls paint a picture of a battle that is too close to call. What we do know is that it will be [Read More…]

Why Muslims are Pivotal in this Election and Must Vote Against Trump

By Suehaila Amen As we enter into the final few days before the presidential elections, it is important for Muslims throughout the country to consider just how significant this election is for the future of the American Muslim community – and the pivotal role that Muslims have to play in this election. We have seen [Read More…]

Election 2016: Muslim Americans Stand On a Precipice

By Imam Mansoor Sabree  Over the past couple of years, Muslim Americans have been experiencing a wave of Islamophobic abuse throughout the U.S. In a relatively short period of time, we have gone from isolated cases of Islamophobic attacks to the full blown mainstreaming of a nationwide Islamophobic discourse that threatens our social fabric. Islamophobic [Read More…]

What is CVE (Countering Violent Extremism)?

By Alejandro J. Beutel with Mimi Yu and Asma Shah The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) hosted a debate at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference over Labor Day weekend in September regarding the concept and practice of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) inside the United States, but one very basic question [Read More…]