The Religion (Islam) Between Immigrant Parents and their Children on Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None”

On Aziz Ansari’s “Netflix” comedy, “Master of None,” the “Religion” episode tackles the differences between parents’ religion and that of their children. But between the religious and serious and nonreligious and fun, is there any room for those living in between? Read more

How Ramadan Can Boost Some Towards Salafism

It is clear that Ramadan and the social activities it fosters – such as tarawih and iftar – has helped to create an environment in which conservative practices, such as the niqab, are judged by the women to be right and praiseworthy, rather than extreme and embarrassing, and has led some to embrace Salafism. Read more

A Muslim Sexual Abuse Survivor Pushes Back

Regardless of these ongoing battles of community shaming, I am not defeated. I will not stop speaking out about my being a survivor of sexual abuse. I will break these barriers and keep the conversation going. I will share my story and fight. Read more

In Battling FGM, We Must Center Muslims Women and Girls

By Samar Kaukab Here is a well-known aphorism: It is hard to see that which is invisible. Take oxygen. It surrounds us; without it we would cease to exist. Yet, most of us do not walk around “seeing” oxygen. Like oxygen, there are other invisibilities that permeate our worlds, are unavoidable even. Unlike oxygen, sometimes the things that remain invisible to us are cataclysmic. Violence against women and girls is one of those things. The “otherization” of a minority, religious… Read more

Senate Holds Hearings on Hate Crimes, But No Muslims Were Invited to Speak

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding a hearing on “Responses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes” at a time when the topic could not be more relevant. But, it is disappointing that no Muslims were invited to speak at the hearing, especially since hate crimes against Muslim Americans are on the rise. Read more

In Trump’s America, are Islamic Schools a Better Choice then Public Schools?

Whether to send a child to public or private school is an important decision that is usually driven by the views of parents regarding the type of education they want to provide their children, and the extent to which they can financially support private schools. In the age of Trump, however, there are many more things to consider in assessing whether Islamic schools may be a better option for some families. Read more

On Modesty and Similarities Between Pence and the Prophet Muhammad

It’s a hypocrisy to project a subconscious motivation of misogyny on Mr. Pence when the prophet of Islam (PBUH) himself invoked similar principles in his own lifetime. Owing to the heightened surveillance and scrutiny he was under, Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) applied higher standards of behavior and modesty on himself and his family than he prescribed to the greater community. When it comes to people in positions of power, self-repression can be a form of social responsibility. Read more

American Muslims Mourn the Loss of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

News of the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, sent shock waves through American Muslim communities across the country. Abdus-Salaam became a judge for the New York City Civil Court in 1992 and served on the bench of the New York Supreme Court from 1993 to 2009. She became the first Muslim woman to be appointed to the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court in 2013. She was confirmed without any opposition. Read more

Turkey’s Unethical Interference in American (Muslim) Civic Society is Dangerous

Why is the Turkish AKP government, which is viewed by their followers and sympathizers as exemplars of Islam, adopting tactics favored by anti-Muslim groups? Why does a foreign government feel obliged to warn U.S. citizens about “infiltration”? Is the U.S. government not capable to keeping its own citizens safe? Read more

The Way We Talk about Muslim Women is All Wrong

We have a responsibility to the cohort of Muslim women who are doing their best to be good people in their everyday lives. Read more

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