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In 2002, the Bush Administration created a Muslim Registration Database, called NSEERS. It was finally dismantled in 2011 by President Obama and had a perfect score of 0 terrorists caught out of 100,000 registered. The architect of NSEERS, Kris Koback, […]

I saw the tragedy in Nice yesterday and like everyone else with a conscience, I despaired. My prayers are humble but I offered them regardless for the victims and their families, and the people of France. I hope that the […]

The overwhelming priority of most people during Ramadan is to decide what to eat and when. However, for those with an active lifestyle, food is just half of the equation. Professional athletes have long balanced Ramadan and training – from […]

The day after the Orlando shooting, my friend Wajahat Ali addressed a crowd of mostly professional, fairly religious Muslim Americans in Houston. Here is a transcript of his remarks, a call to action for the Muslim community. Reprinted with his […]

The tragedy in Orlando is a harsh return to reality from the fantasy escape of the Muhammad Ali funeral. CAIR Florida launched a donation page at LaunchGood for the victims’ families: Muslim scholars have expressed sorrow and condemnation – Omar […]

Ramadan has begun! We know, because of the sightings of statements by politicians in social media. Let’s review, and grade: President Obama: "As Muslim Americans celebrate the holy month, I am reminded that we are one American family" —@POTUS on […]

Why yes, it is almost Ramadan, and food becomes the most important thing on every Muslim’s mind! Inshallah I will post daily during Ramadan this year, as I have in years past. As a prologue, what better way than to […]

I’m going to throw out some quick half-formed ideas in response to this article by Sufi Synik (via the indomitable Samar Kaukab): Half of the Muslims want me to shut up and take every single hadith (without considering its historical […]

This is a guest post by Ali Asghar Alibhai. There is no question that the America my generation grew up in is much different than the America of now. I grew up in West Texas, a place that some might […]

It’s fundamentally problematic for a man to weigh in on hijab. That hasn’t stopped me from wading into the topic before (see: The Burka and the Bikini), but the only conversation of substance that can happen on the topic is […]