When Beggars Give You The Salam Nod


There are many not so nice things about being immediately recognizable as a Muslim in today’s world, but there are a few things that are, usually, nice. One of them is what I like to call the salam nod. You spot a fellow Muslim, and do a nod of acknowledgement, and depending on how you feel and the context, you either say a short salam or sing out the whole long greeting. And sometimes conversations happen. And sometimes this makes your day.I get the salam nod an average of three times a d … [Read more...]

A Little Old Lady vs. A Burqa-Clad Mob: The Sweden Democrats’ Banned Campaign Ad

A political ad that portrays a pensioner hobbling forward for a share of the national budget only to be overtaken by a crowd of burqa-clad women pushing baby carriages has been rejected by a Swedish TV channel on the grounds that it promotes religious hatred.The campaign ad for the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) party begins with a number signifying Sweden's national budget rapidly decreases onscreen, while a female voice over notes that "all policies are about prioritizing." As the number … [Read more...]