3 Muslim Reactions Sum Up Feelings Ahead of Trump’s Speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia

"President Trump to give a speech on Islam in Saudi Arabia."That one headline made Muslim Twitter and Facebook come alive with humor, horror, concerns, questions and general befuddlement. Learning hours later that White Adviser Stephen Miller (who harbors noted anti-Muslim viewpoints), who wrote Trump's anti-Muslim travel ban, was penning his speech didn't go over well either. According to Mediaite, The speech will be delivered to leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries that will gather in … [Read more...]

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Muslims (Depending on Who You Ask) at Oscars 2017

To save one life is to save all of humanity. – Quran, 5:32Do we talk about Iranian director Asghari Farhadi’s winning his second Academy Award for his film, “The Salesman,” but boycotting the event because Iran is one of the seven countries targeted by President Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan?Do we talk about how Khaled Khateeb, a 21-year-old cinematographer and Syrian national who filmed “The White Helmets” was denied entry to the U.S. to attend the 2017 Oscars because of aforementioned #Musl … [Read more...]

Eid-ul-Adha and the 15th Remembrance of 9/11 – How Should Muslims Proceed?

Many Muslims probably breathed a sigh of relief when the start of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah was declared to be on September 3 in the U.S. and many parts of the world. I know I did. This makes the holiday of Eid-ul-Adha fall on September 12, not on September 11 -- 9/11. Eid-ul-Adha, which commemorates the story of the Prophet Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son at the command of God, also coincides with the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Many Muslims were worried … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Religion, and Islam, Up Front and Center in Pres. Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

He's got nothing left to prove, nothing left to lose. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to hearing what President Obama has to say in his very last State of the Union Address. And, judging from the line of VIP and other guests, religion will be up front and center.Two employees of CAIR (Council on Islamic-American Relations), an organization viewed with suspicion by the government in the past, will be there at the invitation of lawmakers This is pretty huge. Writes CAIR-Chicago … [Read more...]