Guest Column by John Elzufon Each April the Jewish people honor the victims of the Holocaust—the men, women and children who were brutally murdered by the Nazis and their allies. For almost 2000 years before the Holocaust the Jewish people were subjected to discrimination, forced conversion (the Spanish Inquisition), wholesale slaughter (the Crusades), forced exodus (many European countries) and pogroms (Russia) but none of these calamities approached the Holocaust in its scope. Before the Holocaust Jews were able to avoid… Read more

You can listen to this article in audio podcast by clicking here. Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman is projecting himself as a champion of moderate Islam who promises to return Saudi Arabia to what it allegedly was: “a country of moderate Islam.” In an interview with the Washington Post, he said that Islam was a sensible and simple religion that has been hijacked. However, his envisioned moderate Islam requires not just theological reform but also political reform. You can listen to this article in… Read more

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ He is Allah, there is no god but He. The supreme Sovereign, the Holy one, The Peace, the giver of Faith and the determiner of Truth and Falsehood, the the One who subdues wrong and restores right, 30  the One to whom all greatness belongs! Utterly remote is God, in His limitless glory, from anything to which men may ascribe a share in… Read more

  The Center for Global Policy, a Washington based think tank, recently published a comprehensive report that identified five different ideological perspectives that inform American foreign policy towards the Muslim World.  The Report can be read here: The video above discusses the basic themes in the report and the video below is a conversation on Al Jazeera Balkans with Harun Karcic about the report and US Policy in the Middle East in general.   Read more

This comprehensive report explores the impact of ideology on American Foreign Policy. It identifies five schools of thought that shape US policy in the Muslim World — conservative, neoconservative, realist, liberal and progressive. The report unpacks the assumptions that each school of thought makes about Islam and Muslim politics and identifies the policy recommendations that they make. The report examines how Presidents George W. bush, Barrack H. Obama and Donald J. Trump drank from this reservoir where ideology and  politics,… Read more

Dear Coptic Brothers and Sisters in God, I want to express my deeply felt anguish at the horrible attacks on your community in Egypt. I wanted to let you know that there are many Muslims  who condemn such terrorism in the strongest of terms. Words cannot ameliorate the pain you feel, but know that you are in our prayers and our thoughts and we pray for the security and safety of your families and friends. We stand with you in… Read more

By Maria Faiola “Can You Hear Us Now?” features six different Muslim women explaining their perspective on what Islam says about women in society. They are all advocates and leaders in their communities and share ways that they try to break stereotypes that many Americans have about Muslim women. The idea for the video began in response to the controversial statements made my Donald Trump where he insinuated that Muslim women were not allowed to speak out in public. His… Read more

I am amazed at the bias that English commentators, Nasir Hussain and George Dobell, are showing towards Moeen Ali after the recent 4-0 thrashing of England by India. Ali was the second-best batsman and second best bowler on the English side. For neutral observers that should say something. He made the second highest runs and took the second highest wickets for England.  He made more runs and took more wickets than Broad and Stokes and yet both Hussain and Dobell… Read more

President-elect Donald Trump ran a campaign that can only be described as racist, xenophobic, sexist and Islamophobic. Now that he has won elections, it appears that Donald Trump’s crusade against Muslims may become a reality. A day after the election his call for a ban on Muslims was removed from his website and many commentators understood that as a signal that he was not going to pursue that policy. Anti-Muslim rhetoric was just a dog whistle used to garner support… Read more

And Allah invites to the Home of Peace and guides whom He wills to the straight path (10:25). This post is a form of Thanksgiving. I have experienced many beautiful and blessed moments in my life. One of these recurring blessings is the opportunity to visit St. Andrews School in Middletown and speak in their religious service. I spoke tonight and it was my fifth discourse in as many years.  I thank Allah All Mighty for giving me these opportunities…. Read more

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