The Role of Imams in the American Muslim Community – A Growing Crisis

By Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez Since my departure from the SALAM Center a few weeks ago, the chatter has been deafening in the community about the role of the Imam and the expectations the Muslim community should have of him. This new found free time has allowed me to engage in some deep rumination about my [Read More...]

Ferguson Behind the Scenes – The View from One Local Muslim Journalist/Activist

photo courtesy of Umar Lee

By Umar Lee For weeks on end the talk of the town in the St. Louis Metropolitan area had been guessing the date of the announcement of whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would be indicted or not. Locally the question was simply “when will The Announcement be?”. The week before the Thanksgiving saw plenty [Read More...]

Muslims in Ferguson – On the Ground and Active Since Day One

Anthony Merrill and Umar Lee

Troops from the Missouri National Guard are prepared to deploy around Ferguson, Missouri, as the city awaits a grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August, which ignited the city in waves of protest. The events following the tragic police killing of [Read More...]

Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” Tells a Harrowing Tale and Goes Deep Into Iranian Culture

A scene from "Rosewater"

By Zaki Hasan For his feature directing debut, Rosewater, longtime Daily Show host and “most trusted newsman in America” Jon Stewart made the somewhat counter-intuitive decision to sidestep the comedy genre entirely. Instead, he chose to tell the true-life story of Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who spent 118 days in an Iranian prison following that [Read More...]

Book Review – Aisha: The Wife, the Companion, the Scholar

Aisha_book

By Amanda Quraishi Aisha: The Wife, the Companion, the Scholar Paperback: 220 pages Publisher: Tughra Books Aisha bint Abi Bakr remains one of the most compelling figures in Islamic history.  Not only was she one of the wives of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), but her contributions to Islamic scholarship and her influence on the foundation of the first [Read More...]

Being UnMosqued and Complacent is No Longer an Option

By Maha Elgenaidi I broke down in tears recently while recording an interview for the Taleef Collective, which really surprised me.  I was talking with the filmmaker Mustafa Davis about my views on the purposes of masajid in the United States and how much the experience of being a part of one was lacking in [Read More...]


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