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…]

All Signs Point to Hate Crime in Chapel Hill Murders (and Beyond)

By Sahar Aziz Not just anyone has the capacity for cold-blooded murder. The perpetrator would have to be either a malicious criminal or severely mentally ill. In the tragic murder of three Muslim students (one at UNC-Chapel Hill, two at NC State), the perpetrator was a criminal whose motives reveal a strong bias against all religions, with particular [Read More…]

Muslim Response to Chapel Hill: Honoring the Slain and Building Bridges

By Alan Howard By now you have probably heard of the tragic shooting deaths of the three students in Chapel Hill, NC – Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Abu-Salha. You have no doubt also heard of the arrest a short while later of the suspect Craig Stephen Hicks who has admitted [Read More…]

Shaima Al-Awadi – Beyond Hoodies and Hijabs

By Nadia S. Mohammad The perplexing circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of a young mother, Shaima Alawadi, has had the Muslim American community abuzz recently. As her daughter purportedly found Alawadi’s body with a note stating, “go back to your country, you terrorist,” many rushed to label the incident as a ‘hate crime,’ even attempting [Read More…]