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New York’s new mosque fight

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Who could possibly object to a new building with a religious purpose? Evidently some folks in Brooklyn, New York. Read it here.

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NYPD Surveillance of Muslims…in New Jersey

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s a report on one surveillance post operated by the New York Police Department in neighboring New Jersey: Spying in New Brunswick.

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Bachmann’s teacher in hate

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Salon.com has an interesting look at the current campaign by some Republican congresspersons to link people in the U.S. government with the Muslim Brotherhood. “We know one of [Michelle] Bachmann’s inspirations for her Muslim witch hunt is Frank Gaffney, the […]

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Ramadan and the Olympics: A Dilemma for Athletes

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s no question that travelers are able to postpone the fasting requirement of Ramadan. But what does that mean to an Egyptian-born fencer in 2012? Here’s a look at Sherif Farrag’s dilemma: “How Best To Compete During Ramadan Fast”.

“Unfair and Misguided”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

On the Huffington Post today: “A leading Jewish organization on Friday forcefully condemned the allegations made by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other members of Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the U.S. government. “‘These sweeping accusations by […]

American Imams Too Few

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Has a mosque in your town had difficulty in finding an imam who knows both Islam and America? Here’s a news story to ponder: “American Imams Too Few to Meet the Demand”.

Why We Need an Islamic Tartan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Muslims in non-Muslim majority countries have special needs. Perhaps a tartan is among them. Read all about it from the perspective of a Muslim in Scotland

Zakat for Ramandan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Where is your charitable contribution during Ramadan going? .

Ramadan Begins Friday

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan is a Holy Month for Muslims. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar (which is lunar, not solar), it begins tomorrow, July 20, 2012. Significantly, the first verses of the Qu’ran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during this […]

McCain Defends Abedin

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Sen. John McCain (R.-Arizona) has leapt into the fray over the alleged influence of the Muslim Brotherhood on the United States Government. Read one report of his remarks here.

An Islamic School for Girls

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Intriguing (especially in the midst of Syria’s civil war) is a new video about Houda al-Habash, who started a Qu’ranic school for women and girls at the Al-Zahra Mosque in Damascus in 1982. Read about it (and check out a […]

Abedin: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrator?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) is concerned about Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. She cites “familial connections to the Muslim Brotherhood” and raises concerns over Abedin’s security clearance. Read it all here.

“Put Up or Shut Up”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, has weighed in on the letters sent by Michele Bachmann and others alleging Muslim Brotherhood “infiltration” of the United States Government. In an article on the Huffington Post, he writes, “The evidence […]

Why Shouldn’t Saudi Women Drive?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Arab News, transportation costs consume half of a woman’s income in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. What possible reason could there be in the 21st century to forbid women to drive? From an American perspective, it looks […]

Michele Bachmann vs. the Muslim Brotherhood

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Salon.com, Michele Bachmann, “the Minnesota Republican, joined by Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland, sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration […]

Ramadan: the basics

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan has two basic meanings. First, it is the name of the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. Second, it is the designated month of fasting (from dawn until dusk). It can be compared to the Christian observance of […]

CAIR Comments on Grantham’s Assertions

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The only news is that it’s no longer news that a Republican lawmaker spews anti-Muslim bigotry,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. This is from an article published yesterday (9 June 2012) in The Colorado […]

A Lota for Istinja: An Explanation for Non-Muslims

posted by Suzy Shuraym

You just have to read Secrets of the Muslim bathroom for yourself.

Dutch Parliamentarian Spoke in Colorado

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s what Ernest Luning of the Colorado Statesman reported: “Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders brought his crusade against the Islamic religion to Denver last weekend, warning an audience at the Western Conservative Summit that Europe and the United States are vulnerable […]

Islamic Schools Should be Model

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to WND News, a U.S. lawmaker – who prides himself on being only the second Muslim elected to Congress – has declared that America “needs Muslims” and U.S. public schools should be modeled after Islamic madrassas, “where the foundation […]

Images of Women in Hijab for Target Practice

posted by Suzy Shuraym

This news story is so astonishing it’s hard to believe the whole thing really happened. According to Kate Wiltrout, writing for The Virginian-Pilot, the United States Navy “will not use a target depicting a Muslim woman holding a gun at […]

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"Of Dogs, Faith and Islam"
The Qu'ran doesn't label dogs as untouchable (in fact, there's quite a nice vignette of the Prophet Muhammad setting a guard for a dog with a litter of puppies). According to Mohammed Hanif, writing in The New York Times, "[m]ost of Muslims' ...

posted 1:46:42pm Aug. 01, 2015 | read full post »

The False Dichotomy of Islamophobia
There's a nuanced discussion of one of our favorite topics: Islamophobia, by Massimo Pigliucci on the website Scientia Salon. One snippet: "While the statistics on international terrorism are complex and can be read in a number of ways, ...

posted 8:00:16pm Jul. 30, 2015 | read full post »

"How are you queer and Muslim at the same time?"
As the 21st Century rolls along, American Muslims are dealing with ever more complicated questions regarding religious observance and personal behavior. Here's what one Muslima has to say: "Yes, it’s possible to be queer and Muslim" "I ...

posted 10:55:47am Jul. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Here We Go Again
Yet another gunman with an Arabic name has opened fire in an American city. This time the gunman was born in Kuwait and the city was Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those killed: four United States Marines. According to the New York Times: "The ...

posted 2:43:39am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Qu'ran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices
As the Independence Day celebrations draw near, it's time to talk (once again) about the role of women in American Islam. Yes, this blog (despite digressions abroad) centers on Muslims in the United States. Women here are regarded differently ...

posted 7:16:51pm Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

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