12 Issues and Stories that Captured the American Muslim Communities in 2016

From the firing of Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins back in January for wearing a headscarf in solidarity with Muslims to the possibility of a Muslim registry with the election of Donald J. Trump as our next President of the United States in November – 2016 has been a banner year of issues, controversies, election coverage and the loss of some great Muslims. [Read more…]

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Open Letter from 300+ American Muslims to President-Elect Trump

This open letter is the first public communication from American Muslim leaders to the incoming Trump administration, and is signed by by 300+ American Muslim leaders from around the country who serve their communities and their country in their worship spaces, academic institutions, advocacy, civic life and entrepreneurship. After a year of being talked about on the campaign trail but never being talked to, American Muslim leaders are sharing their values and aspirations, their grave concerns policy proposals and cabinet appointments, and their unflinching defense of the Constitution and cherished American values. [Read more…]

Trump, Interment Camps and Muslim Bans – an FAQ

By Maureen Pettibone Ryan Donald J. Trump has made several statements during his campaign that have given rise to concerns about civil rights in America, particularly for minority groups such as Muslim Americans. This essays serves as  a starting point to address the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s proposed policies regarding Muslims. Much of this discussion is [Read More…]

What Routes will Muslim Communities be Charting in a Trump Administration?

By Shabana Mir Faith and ideological communities should expect a painful and polarizing four years. It will be like an endless Thanksgiving dinner with the racist auntie and the anti-Semitic cousins and the sexist grandpa. Communities will be torn apart, interrogating anew what keeps them together and asking if that glue is enough to keep [Read More…]

And Then I Cried – Election 2016 Reflections

  By Sabeeha Rehman It was 5:00 a.m., and the Empire State Building was lit up in blue.  Blue! Could it really be? Miracles do happen. Four years ago, I had gone to bed well before the election results were called out. Early next morning, I looked out the window and saw the majestic Empire [Read More…]

Election 2016: Muslim Americans Stand On a Precipice

By Imam Mansoor Sabree  Over the past couple of years, Muslim Americans have been experiencing a wave of Islamophobic abuse throughout the U.S. In a relatively short period of time, we have gone from isolated cases of Islamophobic attacks to the full blown mainstreaming of a nationwide Islamophobic discourse that threatens our social fabric. Islamophobic [Read More…]