Supporting Ourselves and Each Other – A Spiritual Response to These Times


By Afeefa Syeed “I just don’t even know how to feel; I’m either numb in my mind or hurting in my heart.” Over the past decade and half, American Muslims have seen aspects of this complicated identity play out: Besides more than one family losing a relative in the Twin Towers, in another family a [Read More...]

How Can Muslims Proactively Combat or Guard Against Extremists?

By Farouk Peru I went to bed last night praying. The news of the San Bernardino murders were just breaking out and obviously, I prayed it would not be Muslims who were responsible. Today, God answered my prayers by allowing it to be just so. The suspect is not only a Muslim but bears my [Read More...]

San Bernardino: When Circles Converge in Violence

Syed Rizwan Farook. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

By Alan Howard America today is grieving. Two mass shootings on the same day, and more families weeping and knowing that their mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband will not be coming home. Last night and again this morning I found myself asking over and over, “why does this keep happening?” And by “this” I [Read More...]

Dear Prisoners: A Thanksgiving Letter to those in Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba

Delegates from Witness Against Torture, including Dr. Maha Hilal, hold Thanksgiving with a symbolic prisoner of Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. Photo by WAT's Justin Norman.

By Dr. Maha Hilal The U.S.-lead “War on Terror” in response to the 9/11 attacks lead to a myriad of disastrous policies that largely and indiscriminately targeted Muslims and Muslim Americans. One of the biggest stains on the American legacy in this regard is the Guantanamo Bay prison to house an exclusively Muslim male population. [Read More...]

Paris Attacks: When Language Inspires Hate and Terror Vs. Hope and Reason

"LeCarillon151115" by DangTungDuong at Vietnamese Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

By Ahmad Khawaja As the world begins to recover from last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Muslims around the globe have been on the receiving end of misplaced outrage, including right here at home. Mosques have been burnt down, people have been violently assaulted and one UK woman was even pushed into an oncoming train. These [Read More...]

What Can We Do as Muslims in Wake of #ParisAttacks?

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By Saud Inam Yes, we are all frustrated. We feel sorrow. We feel pain. We’ve been here before time after time. A violent act occurs in the name of Islam, and we’re expected to condemn or apologize and the same cycle of Islamophobia occurs again. We get angry, we get frustrated and have a storm [Read More...]