July 22, 2016

It has been difficult to process the recent barrage of breaking news abroad and domestically, but it’s still critical for American Muslims to focus on the crisis of anti-Black racism in our own society. Not only do Black and African American people comprise one-third of the American Muslim population – and we are daily affected by anti-Black racism – but we know our faith to be inherently, explicitly, and unequivocally anti-racist. I’ve curated a list of some of the most… Read more

February 12, 2016

For a foreign policy wonk like me, last night’s Democratic debate was particularly interesting to follow. Clinton and Sanders engaged in rigorous debate over Henry Kissinger, the Domino Theory, Nixon opening China, Iran’s first democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, and many more subjects that I studied in college as an International Relations major. When Bernie yelled that Kissinger is not his friend, I felt the urge to throw donuts at students at the library in celebration of the awesome one-liner. All they had to… Read more

February 7, 2016

I was traveling abroad last week when President Obama visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore. This was not his first visit to an American mosque, but it was the first during his presidency*. I finally had the chance to watch his full speech and read some commentary about the mosque visit. I rounded up a list of opinions, articles, interviews, and multimedia of the President’s visit that I’ve shared below. Barack Hussein Obama is a man who was smeared as “a Muslim” from the… Read more

January 8, 2016

    This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory series By Saffiyya Mohammed I started attending my mosque in my mid-teens during Ramadan. I had heard my friends sharing their mosque stories about the Hafiz who recited Quran too quickly to finish before a certain day in Ramadan or too slowly and made the Taraweeh prayer hours long, and having never heard the entire Quran recited, it was an experience I wanted to have. So, I went to a mosque where… Read more

December 18, 2015

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory series By Laura P As I entered the women’s building of the mosque and took off my shoes, I could hear the imam over the loudspeaker saying that Islam had honored women by lifting the requirement for them to go out from their homes. I offered two rak’ats to greet the mosque then sat down among the sisters in their brightly colored hijabs and abayas. The imam was now talking about women’s vast reward as wives… Read more

December 9, 2015

We have birthright citizenship in this country. That means that when I was born on a wintry, late November night to Sudanese parents living in Michigan on student visas (go, Spartans!), I was granted automatic US citizenship. Days later, my parents had their first ever Thanksgiving meal with hospital staff and other new parents whose babies were in NICU. Today, my family are naturalized American citizens. My mom is a school teacher who has empowered hundreds of teenage girls in… Read more

December 4, 2015

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of friends and acquaintances wondering if they should replace their headscarves with hoodies. Muslim women afraid that they will bear the brunt of violent Islamophobic backlash to the San Bernardino shootings, as we have borne the brunt in most Islamophobic backlashes. I’m sad and angry on your behalf, my dear Muslim sisters, that so many of you fear for so much for your safety that taking off your hijab seems like a viable option. Islamophobia… Read more

November 25, 2015

*These remarks were given on November 22 at the annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Prayer service hosted by the Community of Congregations Thank you St. Giles Parish and the Community of Congregations for the invitation to speak at your annual interfaith Thanksgiving service. Thank you to all of you who are joining us in this cold November night. I am humbled to stand in front of all of you tonight to offer a few short words. On this day last year, police shot… Read more

September 4, 2015

The story America likes to tell about herself is full of rugged individuals. A family of pioneers heading west to make a new life for themselves. Two young men road tripping across the country searching for God. Wearing rags and dreaming of riches. Pulling bootstraps. That’s our mythology, anyway, immortalized by national storytellers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jack Kerouac, and reinforced every year by literature teachers in high schools everywhere. Anyone can make it if they work hard enough… Read more

August 28, 2015

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory Friday series By Laura P That moment when you realize you would leave your current mosque without a second thought and not go back, if there was an alternative. That moment when you discover there is going to be an alternative. I was minding my own business last Wednesday, checking Facebook during my lunch break, when I saw a post from the (now-former) imam of my local mosque. Most of his posts are… Read more

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