Seek Understanding and Stop Infighting on Countering Violent Extremism

The White House Countering Violent Extremism Summit

By Salam Al-Marayati Attorney General Eric Holder announced three pilot cities in September 2014 for a federal countering violent extremism (CVE) program – Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles — leading many to believe that funding and implementation were taking place. On the one hand, some thought those cities were chosen because they were positive examples [Read More...]

MPAC, Countering Violent Extremism and American Muslim Astroturf – A Critical Review

From Flickr common images: A clump of astroturf in the middle of grass

By Ahmed Shaikh In the Los Angeles area, one of three “pilot program cities” for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), advocacy for it inside the Muslim community has failed. It is likely to fail elsewhere. This result should have been self-evident. Anyone who believes Muslims will simply accept becoming second-class citizens more prone to violence than [Read More...]

Empowering the Community to Deal with Extremism in Our Mosques

MPAC safe spaces initiative

By Salam Al-Marayati When Adam Yahiye Gadahn was kicked out of an Orange County mosque in 2004, it was for good reason. He was a troublemaker who only meant more trouble for that mosque. Gadahn was kicked out for creating firestorms of controversies for his actions and was remembered as being “angry, rigidly pious, and hypercritical [Read More...]

Where are the Healthy Gender Relations in the Muslim Community?


By Salam Al-Marayati We have failed in engendering healthy gender relations in our community. Face it. I travel throughout the United States, and I see troubling signs of Muslim women unable to get married, primarily because Muslim men have abdicated their social responsibilities. Muslim men can marry non-Muslims– so they oblige — and Muslim women are stuck.  [Read More...]

Why are American Muslims Critical of CAIR?

CAIR under the microscope

By Rabia Chaudry A month ago Altmuslim published part one of a two-part series on the attacks and controversy surrounding the Council on American-Islamic Relations, better known as CAIR. The article received much feedback and interest, primarily from CAIR employees and volunteers and other Muslim activists. It seemed to strike many chords, both good and [Read More...]