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June 2012 Archives

The Oldest Mosque in America

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Mother Mosque of America, once known as The Rose of Fraternity Lodge, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is said to be the first permanent structure to be built specifically to serve as a mosque in the United States. Construction was […]

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Black Muslim Leaders: Elijah Muhammad

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

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Muslims Among African Slaves

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The shipments of human cargo in the mid-16th century (via the efforts of Sir John Hawkins) disembarked on Hispaniola, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico rather than on the North American mainland. The first black slaves to arrive in what is […]

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Who’s going to ISNA’s annual conference?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The 49th annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America takes place over Labor Day weekend in Washington, D.C. “One Nation Under God, Striving for the Common Good” is the theme for the event, set for August 31 through […]

What are the sacred places in Islam?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Well, sure, there’s Mecca. Let’s compile a list of the rest! Some (say, Medina) are obvious, others not so much. When you name the place, give some reasons why it should be on the list. For ideas, check out this […]

Black Muslim Leaders: Wali Fard

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

Visions of Islam Collide in the U.S.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Two overarching stories can be told of Islam in America: that of traditional Islam as practiced in Muslim-majority countries and that of indigenous Islam, whose practitioners are popularly known as Black Muslims. These two threads began to intertwine in the […]

Back to the Beginning

posted by Suzy Shuraym

No: Islam did not arrive for the first time in North America in the mid-20th Century. It’s likely that the first Muslims to set foot in the Western Hemisphere arrived in 1492 on one of the three ships captained by […]

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Women and Sharia
"No group is more harmed by sharia than Muslim women -- a reflection in part of the patriarchal tribal culture out of which Islamic law emerged." Admittedly, the writer is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a controversial figure in Islam. However, she does have a point: men and women are treated differently

posted 2:44:26pm Mar. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Erasing History?
"The recent vandalization of Nimrud and Hatra by the so-called Islamic State—and the destruction of lesser shrines in Libya by local Islamists, which started in 2012—is not an isolated phenomenon. It stems from deep-seated pathologies afflicting the Muslim world," writes Ann Marlowe in The Daily

posted 1:23:41pm Mar. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Meanwhile, Back in Pakistan....
The idiots have targeted and killed Christians on their way to church yesterday (and a couple of Paki police in the bargain) -- idiots because they're suicide bombers and idiots because killing people who have different beliefs than yours is a mug's game. Here's one place to read more about this

posted 1:32:45am Mar. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Islam and Middle School in NYC
Sharon Otterman, a reporter for The New York TimesMK/I> penned a thoughtful article on Sandra Ibrahim. The middle school student's tentative steps toward wearing hijab have been met with derision, teasing and hazing. This writer wonders whether this Arab custom from the seventh century really

posted 1:24:48pm Mar. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Why is ISIS Afraid of History?
ISIS began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq last week, reports the Agence France Presse Why is ISIS afraid of history? Best guess: they're uneducated. History is humanity's backstory, and tearing down the past does not erase it.

posted 1:22:38pm Mar. 09, 2015 | read full post »

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