October 31, 2018

  Forgive us Asia Bibi, for we have failed you. You asked for a cup of water: we took away nine years of your life. Not that we expect your forgiveness, we certainly don’t deserve it. For far too long we stood impassive as minorities were dehumanized, ostracized and murdered in our name. We were unmoved by your afflictions because we were insulated from them. We neglected your suffering because we were far too busy convincing ourselves that our faith,... Read more

August 29, 2018

According to news reports, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five social activists. These individuals include Isra al-Ghomgham who could become the first Saudi female executed for political activism if things go the regime’s way in court. According to Human Rights Watch the charges against them include “participating in protests in the Qatif region,” “incitement to protest,” “chanting slogans hostile to the regime,” “attempting to inflame public opinion,” “filming protests and publishing on social media,” and “providing... Read more

June 14, 2018

  I support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement for several reasons. In the absence of any effort by world powers to end the apartheid and economic constraints forced on Palestinians, civil society has the right to innovate its own embargo. While BDS is unlikely to exert any significant economic pressure, the cultural and academic boycott component is already producing results. The intent of BDS is not to punish all Israelis but to impel the rejection of state persecution of... Read more

May 30, 2018

Ramadan brings with it a sense of closeness to others who are immersed in fasting and remembrance of Allah. This creates a shared subjective feeling those who fast are familiar with since childhood: that through the collective emphasis on prayer and acts of righteousness sin is in abeyance and virtue in ascendancy. This is not quite working out going by what has transpired during Ramadan in recent years. Not only has the violence raging in Syria and Yemen continued through... Read more

April 19, 2018

Much has been written about the role the West and Russia have played in creating turmoil and imposing war on Muslim majority nations from North Africa to Afghanistan. Rarely has attention focused on the role played by the “Ummah”-the much hyped global community of Muslims united by the ties of creed that we hear about so often. What have the leaders and defenders of this supposed spiritual family of 1.8 billion people done while innocents are led to slaughter and nations... Read more

March 22, 2018

The most ubiquitous epithet in conservative and centrist circles these days is “regressive leftists” — liberals and leftists who are purportedly betraying their values by restricting the parameters of free speech and enabling extremists. These regressives are said to be stifling criticism of Islam and refusing to mention the role of religious ideology in terrorism. Whenever someone engages in the “intellectual” exercise of criticizing Islamic doctrine and pointing out the role it plays in the genesis of terrorism, they immediately... Read more

March 6, 2018

Over four hundred thousand Syrians have been killed in what is now six years of unrelenting war. More than six million people are internally displaced while almost five million are displaced in neighboring countries and Europe. Furthermore, this disaster is still unfolding as the horrors in Eastern Ghouta illustrate. As multiple simultaneous battlefronts ensue it is evident that the divergent interests of world and regional powers are sabotaging peace efforts. The fragmentation and power struggles that allowed the ascension of... Read more

February 9, 2018

Co-authored by Jennah Adam. Jennah is an artist, editor, and writer whose work has been published on websites like The Muslim Vibe and Coming of Faith. A cardiologist by profession, Kashif Chaudhry is currently training in the field of Cardiac Electrophysiology in the Greater Boston area. Aside from blogging regularly on The Huffington Post, his articles have been published on CNN, NYT, NJ Record, Daily Caller, and Pakistani papers including DAWN, Daily Times, The Nation, and Express Tribune. He moved... Read more

February 5, 2018

  Last month the Pakistani government announced a new “national narrative” with the pro-patriotic moniker “Paigham-i-Pakistan” (Message of Pakistan). The document was prepared after consultation among religious scholars and parliamentarians. It includes a “Fatwa” (religious ruling) against terrorism endorsed by 1,800 clerics.  Among the speakers were the President, Foreign Minister and Interior Minister-indicating that the government wanted this to be as high profile an occasion as possible. A new national narrative is badly needed at a time when the forces... Read more

January 15, 2018

  December 1999: A man sent a letter to the Lahore Police confessing to the murder of a hundred children. Following an unsuccessful manhunt (the largest  in Pakistan’s history) the man surrendered himself at the offices of Pakistan’s best known newspaper. Between 1985 and 1999, Javed Iqbal Mughal had abducted, sodomized and murdered at least a hundred boys ranging in age from six to sixteen years.  His trial, controversial sentence, and death in his jail cell prior to execution were widely publicized.... Read more

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