Who Speaks for Islam in America?

By Khurram Dara Who speaks for Islam in America? After tragedies like the ones that occurred in Paris and San Bernardino, the dearth of central leadership in Muslim America has become increasingly apparent. While a host of Muslim organizations, communities and thought-leaders routinely condemn violence committed in the name of Islam, their voices are often [Read More…]

Being a Black American Muslim Woman – A Study of Challenges

By Margari Hill On November 21st, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative kick-started the #BlackInMSA hashtag. It began with a conversation on our steering committee’s WhatsApp group about the current tensions between black students and their non-black peers in Muslim Student Associations the night before. This conversation was important given the current struggle Black Muslim students face [Read More…]

To Be Unknown or Forgotten – the Erasure of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

By Dr. Maha Hilal They can take everything you own-your property, your best years, all your joys, all your good works, everything down to your last shirt — but you’ll always have your dreams so you can reinvent your stolen world. — Yasmina Khadra When I hear the word “Guantanamo,” there is little other than [Read More…]

Does the Quran Teach Compulsion? A Response

By Farouk Peru In the protracted media campaign to depict Islam as the enemy of human civilization, there is nothing sadder to me than the misrepresentation of the Quran. The Quran is often portrayed as a book that inspires hatred and encourages Muslims to act violently. This agenda can only be fulfilled, however, by adopting [Read More…]

Giving a Name to the Asexual Muslim Experience

By Laura P. I spend an awful lot of my time online, for work, for volunteering, for fun. But even I didn’t expect that one of the most profound realizations in my life would come from the internet. One evening in 2004, browsing news online after work, I happened upon an article called Coming out, [Read More…]

Is Islamophobia Over? 

By Saud Inam Recently nationwide rallies were held called the Global Rally for Humanity. These rallies, despite the misleading name, were actually blatantly Islamophobic rallies aimed at the Muslim American community. Most, if not all, of the rallies proved to be an utter failure with low attendance, which was a wonderful indication of how little [Read More…]