Abdul Sattar Edhi: ‘The greatest thing Islam teaches is humanity’

Embed from Getty Images By Salman Hasan Ali Adul Sattar Edhi, arguably the world’s greatest and perhaps least known humanitarian, passed away last month; he was 88 years old. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (“We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return”). Some people called Edhi a saint, others called him maulana (Islamic scholar); but [Read More…]

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On Shariah Law: Tolerance is the Law of the Land

By Fatina Abdrabboh I teach a course at a law school on Islamic Law, familiar to some as sharia. Yes, I teach sharia to American law students. In fact, the country’s leading law schools are increasingly offering this course alongside others meant to equip American law students with the cultural skills of a global world. In my class, we [Read More…]

Thoughts from the RNC: We have Become a Nation of Fear

Embed from Getty Images   By Alan Howard The 2016 Republican Party National Convention has been consigned to history. And what a convention it was. It seemed like the overarching theme was one word: Fear. Fear of lost jobs, of immigrants and refugees, loss of Christian identity, fear of terrorism and Muslims, fear of black [Read More…]

Don’t Forget the Disenfranchised – Lets Be a True Community this Ramadan

This is Day 17 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Nia Malika Dixon Ramadan represents many things in our faith, and practices. Some people look forward to the individual spiritual rejuvenation, some love the community aspect of worshiping together. To me, Ramadan means a balance of both. It’s a personal rejuvenation, a spiritual reconnection [Read More…]

Why Gun Control Should Focus on Right-Wing Violence instead of ‘War on Terror’ and Muslims

By Dr. Maha Hilal and Darakshan Raja Last week 49 individuals were brutally murdered at the Pulse nightclub, which caters to  queer and trans Latinx communities in Orlando. This mass shooting is one of the deadliest within the past year, and specifically targeted POC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTQGNC) communities. In [Read More…]

Dalia Mogahed: Muhammad Ali Saw the Oneness of Humanity

This is Day Eight of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. Editors note: The following are remarks made by Dalia Mogahed at the Janaza prayers for Muhammad Ali, which are more important to read and reflect on now more than ever — to recognize a man many in the American Muslim community look to as a true, positive representation [Read More…]