How do Honor Killings and Women’s Rights Factor into the #MuslimBan 2.0?

On March 6th, Trump replaced the original ban with a new one that not only excludes immigrants from six Muslim majority countries but also requires the government to collect data surrounding the frequency of “honor killings” in the U.S. Again, this Administration employs a stereotype to further marginalize an already marginalized minority. Still, this Women’s History Month, Trump’s concern with Muslim women’s experiences confronting bigotry, hatred and violence is a welcome opportunity to educate and dialogue. [Read more…]

#MuslimBan 2.0 Executive Order Goes from Seven to Six Countries

After anticipating and analyzing for weeks what President Donald Trump’s new version of the travel #MuslimBan would entail, the 2.0 version was signed by the president today, removing Iraq from the original list of seven countries and listing more details regarding green card and visa holders. [Read more…]

Between Disengagement and Changing Paradigms – A New Path for America’s Mosques

How does one resolve these two parallel realities – that while there are fewer people going to mosques than before, houses of worship can and often do help congregants integrate more into American society? Is a mosque revolution the answer? [Read more…]

On Malcolm X, Blackness and Muslim-ness Through the Lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates

How, are we to understand Malcolm X’s legacy at a time when a prominent face of American Islam has spoken out against the movement for Black Lives even as calls for solidarity between Muslims and communities of color in the age of Trump are invoking his name anew? Viewing Malcolm X through the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, “Between the World and Me” is a good place to start. [Read more…]

#Activism: How Muslims Became Maryland’s Premier Political Force

Aside from the obvious refrain many have gotten used to me sharing — that there is not a single Muslim elected to any office at the county, state or federal level in Montgomery County — there are other reasons that the Muslim Democratic Club’s political success should matter to every Democrat in our county and beyond. For one, we prove that grassroots coalition building can have a lasting impact on our county. [Read more…]

On Black American Muslim Contributions to the Fabric of Our Society

Over the years, many Black American Muslims have been at the forefront of articulating Islamic thought for the growing American Muslim community. But, this seems to have changed as a dominant narrative has taken over. [Read more…]