Beauty and the Beast – Which of the Two Faces of Islam Will Prevail?

The challenge and struggle of our generation is which face of the House of Islam will triumph? Will it be the beautiful face briefly outlined above or the beastly dimension that will continue to dominate our airwaves? One very much hopes that just like the Beauty and the Beast story line, where the Prince and Belle host a ball for the kingdom and they dance happily ever after into the sunset, that the story line of the Islam also has a beautiful ending, [Read more…]

Danger Games: An Analysis of Trump’s “Radical Islam” Foreign Policy Speech

Embed from Getty Images By Alan Howard Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump laid out his plan, or rather thoughts, to combat “radical Islam” in a “much-heralded” foreign policy/terrorism policy speech given in Youngstown, Ohio this week. While Trump is often reduced to ridiculous soundbites, I decided to watch and breakdown his speech, point-by-point, so [Read More…]

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Accepting & Welcoming Marginalized and So-Called “Bad Muslims” – A Tool Against Extremism

Embed from Getty Images By Ali Asadullah Close your eyes for a minute. Now picture in your mind’s eye the image of “good” Muslim. Visualize how that person dresses, how they walk, talk and behave. Think of their daily habits as well as those things that they avoid as they walk through their lives. Now [Read More…]

Death and Destruction in Ramadan – Baghdad, Dhaka, Istanbul and Beyond

This is day 28 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Dilshad D. Ali How many of us were taught as children and adults that upon the start of Ramadan, shaytaan (the devil) is chained up, allowing us to be free of temptations and focus even more so bettering ourselves, increasing our ibadat (worship) and [Read More…]

As Christians Rooted out KKK, so will Muslims Root out ISIS and Extremism

By Ali Asadullah Author’s note: In part one of this series, I addressed fundamental ways in which Muslims, seeking to defend Islam and portray it in a positive light, often fail in their comparison of Muslim extremists and the Ku Klux Klan.  I explored the manners in which the former and the latter are indeed [Read More…]

The Prophetic Remedy to Islamophobia

By Saud Inam For more than a decade the Muslim community has been in a struggle to overcome negative media, misconceptions and misunderstandings about Islam and Muslims. Our approach largely has been reactive and not proactive. But, the problem with being reactive is the Muslim community has let the Islamophobes and religious extremists dictate the narrative. [Read More…]