The Case for Boycotts and Engagement – Why I attended the White House Iftar

White House Iftaar

This is Day 11 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Wardah Khalid Sellout. Complicit in murder. Perpetuator of human and civil rights abuses. Devourer of food “laced with white supremacy and colonialism.” These are just a few of the phrases Muslims use on social media to describe their brothers and sisters who attend the [Read More...]

It is Violent Extremism, Not Islamic Extremism

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

By Junaid M. Afeef President Obama’s remarks at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast — particularly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are in fact betraying it — are timely if not overdue. Muslims in America, particularly youth, deserve to hear the president speaking accurately about Islam at a time [Read More...]

The White House Iftar Boycott – Why the Debate?

white house iftar_2

By Dr. Faisal Qazi The other day in clinic when I asked a patient of mine what he did for work, he said, “Doc, I’m embarrassed to say it, but I’m a retired deputy Sheriff from LA.” I inquired about his hesitation. He noted how the department had deteriorated in morale and discipline, adding that [Read More...]

Ramadan Controversy – Avoiding The White House (and State Department) Iftaars

Barack Obama

By Aaron Vlek Well, the internet is on fire today about the White House Iftar and why Muslims are or are not going.  Boycotters find it unconscionable to sit down to dinner with people and an administration they feel to be, among other things, guilty of numerous crimes against humanity, lying, perpetuating a foreign policy [Read More...]

Dr. King’s Dream, A Presidential Inauguration, and America Today

Martin Luther King Jr

By Zainab Chaudry Raindrops splatter against the window – briefly clinging to its cool, damp surface before slowly sliding down and collecting into amorphic pools on the pane. The myriad of drops represent people, the descent – their lifespan from birth to death. Each drop begins as a single entity. Gradually as it makes its [Read More...]

How an Accusation of Terrorism Destroys American Muslim Lives

Denis McDonough BarackObama

By Sahar Aziz At the Brookings’ U.S. Islamic World Forum in Doha, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough was asked whether President Obama would implement his Cairo speech commitment to stop government discrimination against American Muslims. Because Bush’s counterterrorism practices had stigmatized Muslims as the most distrusted minority in America, Obama’s pledge was particularly salient. [Read More...]