12 Issues and Stories that Captured the American Muslim Communities in 2016

From the firing of Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins back in January for wearing a headscarf in solidarity with Muslims to the possibility of a Muslim registry with the election of Donald J. Trump as our next President of the United States in November – 2016 has been a banner year of issues, controversies, election coverage and the loss of some great Muslims. [Read more…]

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Dear Non-Black Muslims: Your Silence is Not Peaceful

Real peace will not come from shutting up about the oppression. It will not come from trying to shut up the oppressed who speak about their condition. And it will never come from refusing to work with the people fighting against that oppression. Islam does not say that the most religious people are the ones who sit on the sidelines and do and say nothing. Our faith and history teach that passivity is not the way to peace. [Read more…]

Imagined Q&A on Hemlines and Hijabs

here is the difference: Israeli women (and men) protested outside the Knesset, loud and clear. It may not turn the ship, but they raised their voices. Saudi women have chosen to go along, some by choice and conviction, and others by choosing the path most travelled. But one day, they too will exercise their right to choose. I lived amongst them; I have seen the spark in their eyes. It’s only a matter of time. Just wait and see. [Read more…]

9 Ways to Expand the Role of Imams in America

With the growing demands and needs of our community, it becomes important for masjid leadership to update job descriptions, roles and responsibilities of our imams in our masjids. There also needs to be adequate salaries, attractive perks and packages and bonuses to compensate our imams to ensure they perform at a high level. [Read more…]

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Moving Beyond Slacktivism on Syria: Samar’s Story

Samar’s story is one of hundreds of thousands of stories of Syrians whose lives have been cut short by war, but it’s one of the few that carries a name. Too many of these legacies have faded to numbers. In Aleppo in recent days, more than 82 civilians have been reported killed. We don’t know their names. [Read more…]

Open Letter from 300+ American Muslims to President-Elect Trump

This open letter is the first public communication from American Muslim leaders to the incoming Trump administration, and is signed by by 300+ American Muslim leaders from around the country who serve their communities and their country in their worship spaces, academic institutions, advocacy, civic life and entrepreneurship. After a year of being talked about on the campaign trail but never being talked to, American Muslim leaders are sharing their values and aspirations, their grave concerns policy proposals and cabinet appointments, and their unflinching defense of the Constitution and cherished American values. [Read more…]

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…]