Trump P***Y Tee: Six American Muslim Women Respond

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos The 2016 election season has been fraught with disturbing comments from and revelations about the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates – Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. These revelations subsequently produce a laundry list of excuses for whichever candidate is currently in the media hot spot as well as attempts to deflect [Read More…]

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Confronting the New Southern Strategy of Anti-Black Racism and Islamophobia

Embed from Getty Images By Dawud Walid American Election cycles normally have a polarizing effect on our society. In attempts for politicians to garner monetary support and ultimately votes, rhetoric has always been projected to show the differences between candidates’ positions and segments on their identities. At the heart of separating some from others, race [Read More…]

Why the Muslim Vote will be Crucial in this Election

This is the second in a four-part series focusing on the 2016 election cycle and how American Muslim communities factor into the political process. Click here for part one. By Youssef Chouhoud One of the hallmark theories in political science is the so-called “paradox of voting.” The reward citizens get from casting a ballot, according to [Read More…]

Beyond Party Lines: A Call for Moral Voting

By Saud Inam We’re experiencing what many would call one of the ugliest and most frustrating presidential campaign in recent US history. Regardless of party affiliation or what we may think of either candidate in the presidential election this much is clear: America is at a crossroads. Not to sound alarmist, but the very fate [Read More…]

We are Strongest When We Refuse to be Divided

By Asma Uddin and Rabbi Jack Moline What is the purpose of terror attacks against civilians, like what we saw recently in New York, Minnesota and New Jersey? They don’t just aim to harm innocent life, they also aim to inflict spiritual harm against our nation as a whole. They seek to weaken us, provoke [Read More…]

Noor Tagouri and Playboy – Empowerment, Assimilation or Colonialism?

By Hajara Shareef The Muslim community’s response to Noor Tagouri’s appearance in Playboy has been generally been one of condemnation or support. Despite the opposition of their differing opinions, the one thing they both share is that their responses are reactionary. Both fixate on the small picture of Noor’s actions (should she have done this?), [Read More…]

Noor Tagouri Responds – But is Playboy the Medium for Muslim Women’s Empowerment?

By Zehra Rizavi Muslim-American journalist Noor Tagouri posted a response piece today to the backlash she has faced for choosing to appear in the latest issue of Playboy magazine — this sentence might seem like an oxymoron, but it is all too real. The incongruity of a hijab-wearing Muslim woman posing in a publication that [Read More…]

#WeMustWin – National Call Empowers Muslims to Action for Black Lives

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos A profoundly difficult part of being Black in America is struggling with layers of individual, institutional and cultural racism, the need to fight against them and the added requirement that we articulate and justify our struggles to those outside of it. African American Muslims are members of a culture with multiple venues [Read More…]

Trending Trolls and Being Silent on Social Media

By Saud Inam Abraham Lincoln said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” We all know what trolls are when it comes to the internet. Those unbearably annoying, opinionated, arrogant, and argumentative. Unfortunately, we have trolls in other forms too. I call them Trending Trolls. [Read More…]

Hajj Reflections: Finding Peace in the Chaos

  By Naureen Aqueel I was 27 years old, and I was writing my will. I was apologizing to friends and family if I had ever done anything to hurt them. I was thinking over my life. It was an eerie feeling as I imagined the possibility of dying and never returning to my apartment. [Read More…]