Burkini Ban has been Overturned in France: 5 Lessons to Know and Remember

Embed from Getty ImagesPublic outrage culminating in a fever pitch when news articles and photos circulated of armed French police standing over a Muslim woman on a beach in Nice, ordering her to remove her tunic to comply with the beach’s burkini ban, many Muslim women and allies let loose a cheer today when France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, overturned the ban that had been imposed in 26 of the country’s beach towns and cities.France endured nearly a month … [Read more...]

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Unapologetically Muslim, Unapologetically Human

Back in the late 1980s, when I first started fasting, I was the second kid to do so in my Midwestern junior high school (ok, the first was my older brother two grades ahead of me) in what was a predominantly White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community, I was somewhat unapologetically Muslim. As a 12-year-old, I didn’t advertise to my gaggle of not-Muslim friends that I was fasting. I just retreated (with permission) to the library or the counselor’s office during our lunch break.I wore long pants … [Read more...]

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‘I Will Love Until My Own Pulse Stops’ – Multiple Reflections on Orlando Shootings

To witness the world of beauty and oneness around the funeral of the people’s champ, Muhammad Ali, last week and less than 48 hours later wake up to the horrific mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida – the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history – by a man named Omar Mateen … well, words are insufficient to express how so very awful, sad and horrible this all is.It’s so very Pollyanna of me to say so, but I just don’t get why it’s so difficult for people to be, well, nice. W … [Read more...]

Ask Your Doctor About ‘Islamophobin’!

Do you suffer from fear of Muslims? Bigotry? Worse? This new drug might be the answer to restore your humanity! According to the literature:ISLAMOPHOBIN® is a multi-symptom relief for chronic Islamophobia.The maximum strength formula treats:Blind IntoleranceUnthinking BigotryIrrational Fear of MuslimsU.S. Presidential Election Year ScapegoatingSIDE EFFECTSSide effects include loss of Islamophobia and bigotry, development of ability to think rationally, and … [Read more...]

Why Brandon Stanton’s Letter to Trump Means the World to Muslims, to Humans

Let's pause.Let's pause in a time of frenzied information and sharing of videos, news, quotes, facts and opinions, in a time of seemingly endless what-the-hell moments in listening to the dumbfounding and hateful rhetoric and thoughts spewing from the mouth of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (and other candidates too - I see you Ted Cruz and your hiring of noted Islamophobe Frank Gaffney as a foreign policy advisor) -- and let's slow it down.Slow it waaaaaaay down for a … [Read more...]

#OurThreeBrothers – Mourning the Loss of Three Innocent Lives

Say their names: 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab.Shot, execution style, last week in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Is this another horrible by-product of the growing anti-Muslim hate and rhetoric being pumped by presidential candidate Donald Trump and others? Is it a hate crime? Are Muslims being targeted? (Omar and Tairab were Muslim. Mekki was Christian, according to news reports.) Is it random, but tragic, violence? Or, is this another example … [Read more...]

Dalia Mogahed’s TED Talk – How Do You See Me? (VIDEO)

Several years ago, Dalia Mogahed , then Gallup's executive director of Muslim studies, co-authored a seminal book with Georgetown University Professor John Eposito - Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Based upon the largest Gallup study of global Muslims of its time, the book presented fascinating and sobering findings, addressing (among many other things) what the actual views of the Muslim publics were in contrast to this question: "Are the growing violence and negative … [Read more...]


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