Response to TheReligionOfPeace

by Imam Rizwan Khan Someone recently emailed asking if I could explain certain teachings of Islam. I googled what he wrote and found that he had entirely copy pasted his objections from the following website: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx. Obviously basing your understanding of Islam on an anti-Islamic website is not an academically honest way to approach any subject, but he seemed confident that this was an accurate representation of what Islam teaches. … [Read more...]

A Muslim-American Story

by Aamir QuraishyOn January 20th, the president of the UnitedStates passed an executive order that banned refugees from Libya, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Somalia from entering the United States. While there have been many stories about refugees, I’d like to share with you the story of my Muslim community and myself.I am a US citizen. I was born and raised in America. The two flags I have always held dear to my heart are America’s star spangled banner and Arizona’s copper star, sunset s … [Read more...]

Common Misconceptions about Islam

by Imam Rizwan Khan  The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association has been conducting a successful #MeetAMuslim campaign across the country where our youth take to the streets to introduce themselves to the community and spread peace and understanding. Taking note of this campaign, an anti-Islam website called JihadWatch put together a set of questions for their readers to ask: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/01/hugh-fitzgerald-im-a-muslim-ask-me-anything. Several of the questions are poorly formed … [Read more...]

Trump’s Ban Has Brought Us Together

by Anique Tahir As an American Muslim, this past year has filled my head with doubt and questions. Will my family face bigotry based merely on the faith we should otherwise have the freedom to follow? How can I show my fellow Americans that Islam is a religion of peace and solidarity? This past week, President Trump has helped answer and clear some of the doubt and questions that shrouded my mind. It has been truly humbling to witness the outpouring of support shown by my fellow Americans … [Read more...]

Letter to an American-Muslim Child

By Dr. Bilal Rana      My dear son, Assalaamo Alaikum. With all that’s going on, it’s time for a father-son talk.  A lot of people are saying Muslims are bad.  I want you to know you’ve done nothing wrong and have no reason to be ashamed.  You see, sometimes we adults forget what it’s like to be a child. Mark Twain once wrote “Nothing that troubles us can be called little.  A child’s loss of a toy … [Read more...]

Letter to an American-Muslim Child

by Dr. Bilal Rana My dear son,Assalaamo Alaikum.With all that’s going on, it’s time for a father-son talk.  A lot of people are saying Muslims are bad.  I want you to know you’ve done nothing wrong and have no reason to be ashamed.  You see, sometimes we adults forget what it’s like to be a child.Mark Twain once wrote “Nothing that troubles us can be called little.  A child’s loss of a toy and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same siz … [Read more...]

Where Omer Aziz Goes Wrong: A Look At The History Of Early Islam And The Caliphate

by Labeeb AhmadAs a devout Muslim who doesn’t believe Islam needs to be reformed, but instead Muslims themselves, some of Omer Aziz’s words in What ISIS Really Is are agreeable – that ISIS is not Islam, that Islam is not a monolith, and that many factors come to play when discussing extremist organizations. However, with his cliffhanger questioning regarding the nature of Islam and his subtle jabs at the “Rightly-Guided Caliphs,” Aziz’s conclusions require serious scrutiny.Who determi … [Read more...]

Preventing Anarchy in Society: The Islamic Solution

by Seidu Malik  In 2016, we witnessed an unprecedented level of violence against citizens. Men and women who have sworn to defend the community during day and night as well as adverse weather conditions tragically lost their lives in the line of duty. At unprecedented rates, civilians with no training or possession of firearms lost their lives at the hands of some law enforcement personnel. These unfortunate developments set of chains of violent demonstrations across the country and soul … [Read more...]

Open Letter to Pakistan/Pakistani Government: Ahmadi Apartheid

by Musawar SyedTo whom it may concern, "The world suffers a lot, not because of the violence of Bad people, but because of the silence of good people." - Napoleon Bonaparte In the Quran, Allah the Most Gracious and Merciful says: 1. "For you is your religion, and for me is my religion." (109:6). 2. “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32) 3. "There is n … [Read more...]

The World At War In Syria

by Kwabena OsmanThe world has watched in horror the events that unfolded in Aleppo, Syria. The siege in that city has left hundreds of people dead and thousands of people displaced.  This war between pro-government forces and rebel groups has put the citizenry in a very devastated situation especially the vulnerable one’s among them like women, children, the old and orphans who may have nothing to do with this war.In a recent report and video, orphans were seen pleading to be evacuated fr … [Read more...]