News and views on all-things Muslim for May 11- 18, 2015.
This week, Mehdi Hasan writes an important piece about reformation of Islam and Adnan Syed gets another chance.
I give to you newsworthy links I think you should know about. Check out the links and please let me know if you think I should add anything.
Articles/Statements by Muslims:
Why Islam doesn’t need a reformation by Mehdi Hasan is a must read. I suggest you read and share this piece where he says that “Islam isn’t Christianity. They are are not analogous, and it is deeply ignorant to pretend otherwise.”
Read the Statement by Prof. Emad Shahin on his death sentence about the Egyptian Justice system. It is a thoughtful read that will make you emotional.
Sayeeda Warsi writes, If we are to fight extremism we must bring people together, not silence and ban them. “To build British values, we must listen to British Muslims. Let’s not legislate for tolerance by being intolerant.”
Articles About Muslims:
I can’t say that I am shocked: Israel sentences Palestinian to 9 months for Facebook posts. The Israeli magistrate’s court in Jerusalem handed sentence of prison time to Omar al-Shalabi, The former secretary-general of Fatah in Jerusalem, after he was convicted of inciting anti-Jewish violence and supporting “terror” in posts and comments on Facebook.
Interesting Stories About Muslims:
Hassan Anmar is a photographer for The Associated Press. He travels across the Middle East and often see women wearing the niqab. He “decided to begin shooting images through a full niqab to offer a glimpse of what it must be like to look through them.” Read Behind The Niqab: A View From Underneath The Veil Worn By Some Muslim Women and check out the images.
If you are a fan of Serial or even just a fan of justice, you will be happy to know that Serial’s Adnan Syed Gains an Alibi Witness and a Chance at Freedom. We are all watching closely and praying for justice. Props to Rabia Chaudry for her perseverance and hard work and as she says, “This is what you call a miracle. Adnan will get another chance in court.”
A high school senior’s sassy and confident yearbook quote has gone viral and is getting her loads of attention on social media.
For all y’all wondering why everyone’s freaking out over my senior quote
Must Watch Videos of the Week:
Jon Stewart plus Reza Aslan
A Tale of Two Red Carpets
Sabina Khan-Ibarra is a freelance writer and editor. She regularly contributes to her blog, Ibrahim’s Tree which she created after the loss of her infant son in 2011. She created Muslimah Montage as a platform for women to share their stories. Sabina currently lives in Davis, CA and working on her memoir. Follow Sabina on Twitter: @muslimahmontage