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…]

Dear Fellow Activists: Be Solution Seekers and Look to the Prophets for Inspiration

By Saud Inam In this social media-driven age, with the constant flow of information on various topics and issues, it’s easy to get lost, frustrated, confused and burned out. Many activists make the mistake of latching onto virtually every injustice and “joining the cause” by tweeting the hashtag, writing an article or blog post or [Read More…]

On ABC’s ‘Of Kings and Prophets,’ – Did the Bible Really Say That?

By Ian Werrett Several weeks ago, while teaching a class on the creation stories of the Old Testament, I asked my students to reflect on the meaning of the Adam and Eve story in the Book of Genesis. After reading the section of the narrative where the serpent engages Eve in conversation, I turned to [Read More…]

Not My City, Not My Country: On Freedom of Speech and Shutting Down Trump Rally in Chicago

By Suroor Raheemullah Malcolm X said: “We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.” I carried this message on a sign at the protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago on Friday. In later remarks about the protest, Trump called [Read More…]

VIDEO: Why Muslims Must be Part of the Political Process

Why should we vote, especially now more than ever? Why should we follow what the candidates, presidential and local candidates, are saying? Why should we do the research? Why should we pay attention to the issues? Why should we inform ourselves? Professor Muqtedar Khan lays out three important reasons why Muslims must be part of [Read More…]


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