CVE Critics are Right, and CVE is Still Necessary

President Obama speaking at the CVE Summit, photo courtesy of Department of State

By Junaid M. Afeef & Alejandro J. Beutel The Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris in January 2015 seemed to renew the Obama Administration’s push for implementing countering violent extremism (CVE) as an alternative paradigm to the excesses of the War on Terror. However, many civil liberties groups, including several within the American Muslim community, have [Read More...]

#NotMyAmerica – An Open Letter to Jon Ritzheimer and Protesting Bikers in Arizona

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By Zainab Chaudry On the holy day of Friday, Muslims around the world set aside daily distractions and re-direct their focus solely on God. Today, however, as Muslim communities across the nation prepare to gather for congregational prayers, one community in Arizona has reason to be more distracted than usual. As Muslims drive to their mosques this [Read More...]

Double Standards in Media and Politicians Helps ISIS Make Its Case – That America Hates Muslims

Senators LIndsey Graham and Ted Cruz, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and CNN

By Junaid M. Afeef Many people ask American Muslims why they do not condemn ISIS or do more to counter the political violence committed by their co-religionists.  My rejoinder would be, “Why don’t more Americans outside of the Muslim community speak out against the double standards in law enforcement and against the rampant anti-Muslim bigotry [Read More...]

Why Muslims Must Continue to Stand Up to Anti-Semitism

The Farthest Mosque (al-Masjid al-Aqsa § Bayt al-Muqaddas) in Jerusalem; Photo courtesy of Foter, Author usaid.d800 / photo on flickr

By Maha Elgenaidi On April 7, congregants of Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, Maryland, found their synagogue defaced with swastikas and profanity. The incident devastated congregants like Michael Weisel, who said, “When my wife called me and told me what happened, I was speechless. I started to cry.” Given the long history of anti-Semitism, this attack [Read More...]

Bullying Behavior: Texas School Teacher Teaches Islamophobic Lessons to Students

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By Saira Siddiqui My heart is heavy tonight as I write this.  It grieves because I am an American, a parent, a community member… But most importantly, it grieves because I am an educator. Before I go further, I want to tell you a story. The year was 1994, and I was a freshman at [Read More...]

To Ayaan Hirsi Ali – The Problem is Not with Islam, but with the Author

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By Zainab Chaudry Authors who publish books generally want to sell them. Well, what sells better then timely, dramatized sensationalism with a personal angle, which reinforces readers’ latent fears and beliefs? After reading Somali-born author and anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s disturbingly deceptive new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, I can confidently [Read More...]


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