Empowering the Community to Deal with Extremism in Our Mosques

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By Salam Al-Marayati When Adam Yahiye Gadahn was kicked out of an Orange County mosque in 2004, it was for good reason. He was a troublemaker who only meant more trouble for that mosque. Gadahn was kicked out for creating firestorms of controversies for his actions and was remembered as being “angry, rigidly pious, and hypercritical [Read More...]

Confronting Fear One Month After the Boston Marathon Bombings

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By Obaid H. Siddiqui “To him who is in fear, everything rustles.” — Sophocles At about the 23rd mile of the Boston Marathon, Azeem Khan started receiving texts on his phone. The stream of messages weren’t out of the ordinary because he informed friends and supporters earlier via Facebook to text him with encouraging thoughts [Read More...]

Islamophobia is Only One Chapter in the Muslim-Western Story

IRAQI-AMERICAN MUSLIMS CELEBRATE IN DEARBORN OUSTER OF HUSSEIN

By Muqtedar Khan ISTANBUL – It concerns me that Islamophobia, an irrational fear of Islam and animosity toward Muslims, is becoming a dominant paradigm through which all Western-Muslim relations are now being explored. A conglomerate of five Universities, led by Yildiz Technical University and the municipality of Beykoz province in Istanbul Turkey, organised an international [Read More...]

The Truth About American Muslims is …

A woman holds a sign at the "Today, I am a Muslim, Too" rally in New York City, March 6, 2011.

By Jillian Holzbauer Read any article that even mentions the word Islam, and one is bound to see a scathing comment or two painting every Muslim in the world with the same brush of extremism. Usually these caps-lock riddled comments feature statements beginning, “The TRUTH is…” as though there exists a singular, absolute truth about [Read More...]

Real Dialogue that Breaks Down Hate, One Person at a Time

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By Kari Ansari American Muslims and Sikhs have been experiencing another uptick in aggression against them. In mid-August, shots were fired at a Morton Grove, Ill., mosque; paintball guns left ominous paint splatters all over a mosque in Oklahoma; and an acid bomb was thrown at a Lombard, Ill., Islamic school — all three incidents occurred while [Read More...]

How an Accusation of Terrorism Destroys American Muslim Lives

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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...]


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