Islam In America

Islam In America

Hold Pakistan Accountable

posted by Suzy Shuraym

pakistanOne of the reasons Islam has such a bad rep in the United States is the behavior of Muslims in other countries.

As Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writes, “Religious persecution is a global scourge. Many of the worst oppressors are Muslim nations. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iraq and Egypt are all important international actors. All also mistreat, or acquiesce in the mistreatment of, anyone not a Muslim. A few of them even victimize Muslims — of the wrong variety.”

The biggest problems seem to arise in Pakistan, where lack of education and warped religious zeal combine for often lethal results.

Bandow reports, “Pakistan has jailed more people for blasphemy than any other nation, but it is not the only country which religious free speech. An incredible 14 of 20 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa criminalize blasphemy.” (Blasphemy, as we all know, is in the eye of the beholder rather than an absolute term.)

Many (if not most) Muslims in the U.S. have relatives in Pakistan and other countries where freedom of belief is nonexistent. Many of us moved to America specifically to escape this atmosphere of persecution. Even though we, ourselves, were not the objects of persecution, we had friends and colleagues who were.

How can we, as Muslim Americans, fight this kind of intolerance in our ancestral lands? What can we do to increase tolerance of “the other”?

(Flag of Pakistan courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

Generations Rise: Elevating Muslim American Culture

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The 51st annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America is set for August 29 through September 1, 2014 (Labor Day Weekend).

It will be held in the Cobo Center, 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan.

Who’s going?

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag Released on Bail

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 26, 2014

The State Department has received confirmation that Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been released on bail and is no longer being detained at a Sudanese police station. She and her family are in a safe location and the Government of Sudan has assured us of the family’s continued safety. The Embassy remains highly engaged in Ms. Ishag’s case. We will provide more information as it becomes available consistent with privacy laws.

“Honor” Killing in Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Are we mired in the past? Do we condone “honor” killings, such as this one in broad daylight in front of a courthouse in Lahore, Pakistan?

A pregnant 25-year-old killed by her father and brothers for marrying for love?

The father’s justification for the stoning? “I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it.”

“…[H]undreds of women are murdered every year in so-called honor killings carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior,” wrote K.M. Chaudry and Zaheer Babar in their report for the AP.

You can read more virtually anywhere in the media, but also here.

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Hold Pakistan Accountable
One of the reasons Islam has such a bad rep in the United States is the behavior of Muslims in other countries. As Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writes, "Religious persecution is a global scourge. Many of the worst oppressors are Muslim nations. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia,

posted 1:15:04am Aug. 07, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 8:12:40pm Jun. 29, 2014 | read full post »

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