Why I Stand With Standing Rock #NoDAPL

Embed from Getty Images   It’s been an emotional roller coaster of a week for American Muslims. This weekend, the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks overlapped with the Day of Arafah, the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and the holiest day of the Muslim calendar. Monday, millions of Muslims across the country awoke [Read More…]

Banning Burkinis Won’t Stop Muslim Integration

“Jump in – I’ll catch you!” My swim teacher is patient. I am 7 years old. My new bathing suit is shiny. My hair is in a bun under the swim cap. This is my third false start. I take a deep breath, close my eyes. Finally, I jump. Freckled shoulders, dark eyes, a supportive smile. “You did it! Now let’s [Read More…]

Muslims and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement: A Roundup

Embed from Getty Images   The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of news and many of us are still reeling from what is turning out to be a particularly bloody and disturbing summer. We’ve been witness to terror attacks throughout Ramadan, the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the shootings of police officers [Read More…]

14 Muslims to Follow on #BlackLivesMatter

It has been difficult to process the recent barrage of breaking news abroad and domestically, but it’s still critical for American Muslims to focus on the crisis of anti-Black racism in our own society. Not only do Black and African American people comprise one-third of the American Muslim population – and we are daily affected [Read More…]

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American Muslims Are Not Your Soundbite in the War On Terror

For a foreign policy wonk like me, last night’s Democratic debate was particularly interesting to follow. Clinton and Sanders engaged in rigorous debate over Henry Kissinger, the Domino Theory, Nixon opening China, Iran’s first democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, and many more subjects that I studied in college as an International Relations major. When Bernie yelled that [Read More…]

Mr. Obama Goes To A Mosque

I was traveling abroad last week when President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore. This was not his first visit to an American mosque, but it was the first during his presidency*. I finally had the chance to watch his full speech and read some commentary about the mosque visit. I rounded up a list of opinions, [Read More…]

Religion and Culture in a Caribbean Mosque

    This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory series By Saffiyya Mohammed I started attending my mosque in my mid-teens during Ramadan. I had heard my friends sharing their mosque stories about the Hafiz who recited Quran too quickly to finish before a certain day in Ramadan or too slowly and made the Taraweeh prayer [Read More…]

A Woman’s Place

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory series By Laura P As I entered the women’s building of the mosque and took off my shoes, I could hear the imam over the loudspeaker saying that Islam had honored women by lifting the requirement for them to go out from their homes. I offered two rak’ats to greet [Read More…]

Are my rights as an American linked to whether I can help eliminate ISIS?

We have birthright citizenship in this country. That means that when I was born on a wintry, late November night to Sudanese parents living in Michigan on student visas (go, Spartans!), I was granted automatic US citizenship. Days later, my parents had their first ever Thanksgiving meal with hospital staff and other new parents whose [Read More…]

Unveiling Fear in a Time of Islamophobia

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of friends and acquaintances wondering if they should replace their headscarves with hoodies. Muslim women afraid that they will bear the brunt of violent Islamophobic backlash to the San Bernardino shootings, as we have borne the brunt in most Islamophobic backlashes. I’m sad and angry on your behalf, my [Read More…]


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