On Ramadan Christmas Carols, The Three Stooges and Shi’a-Sunni Bonds

When we drove to big city, Des Moines, my parents would stop at payphones and search for Muslim-sounding names in the phone book. They discovered a community whose locus was a house of Malaysian students near the campus of Drake University. This makeshift mosque was the first place that I experienced communal iftaars. [Read more…]

The Religion (Islam) Between Immigrant Parents and their Children on Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None”

On Aziz Ansari’s “Netflix” comedy, “Master of None,” the “Religion” episode tackles the differences between parents’ religion and that of their children. But between the religious and serious and nonreligious and fun, is there any room for those living in between? [Read more…]

How Ramadan Can Boost Some Towards Salafism

It is clear that Ramadan and the social activities it fosters – such as tarawih and iftar – has helped to create an environment in which conservative practices, such as the niqab, are judged by the women to be right and praiseworthy, rather than extreme and embarrassing, and has led some to embrace Salafism. [Read more…]

In Battling FGM, We Must Center Muslims Women and Girls

By Samar Kaukab Here is a well-known aphorism: It is hard to see that which is invisible. Take oxygen. It surrounds us; without it we would cease to exist. Yet, most of us do not walk around “seeing” oxygen. Like oxygen, there are other invisibilities that permeate our worlds, are unavoidable even. Unlike oxygen, sometimes [Read More…]

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…]

In Search of Muslim Foster Families

There are lists of Muslim foster children, domestic and abroad, that are currently waiting for licensed foster homes to welcome them. It is our communal responsibility to care for these children and ensure their deen is nurtured. [Read more…]