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August 2012 Archives

Are Muslims Allowed to Sing and Dance?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“While moderate Muslims generally don’t object to music and dancing per se, a large portion of the faithful view sexually suggestive movement, racy lyrics, and unmarried couples dancing together as haram, because they may lead to un-Islamic behavior. This viewpoint […]

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Middle Eastern Immigrants Want ‘To Harm’ The U.S.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Gabriela Mercer, the likely Republican congressional candidate in Arizona’s new 3rd District, once declared that the only goal of Middle Easterners crossing America’s southern border was to ’cause harm to the United States’.” Really? You can read it all here.

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Middle Eastern Males vs. Grandmothers

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that the TSA’s security screening in U.S. airports needs to be more selective so grandmothers don’t get ‘the spread-eagle search’ while a ’20-year-old Middle Eastern male waltzes through with a smirk on his face’.” […]

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GOP Embraces Anti-Shariah Movement

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The Republican Party platform will likely include a plank this year opposing the imagined threat of Islamic law,” writes Alex Seitz-Wald on Salon.com. “’I’m not aware of any court that’s accepted the argument, but in cases involving either spousal abuse […]

Muslim Spying Led To No Leads

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Huffington Post, “In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department […]

Blasphemy Arrest in Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

A girl with Down’s syndrome has been arrested and charged with blasphemy in Pakistan. You can read more about the incident here: “Pakistan disabled girl arrested for blasphemy”. In my humble opinion, this is the kind of news that gives […]

Be Careful Out There

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From NBC News: “On Sunday and Monday, when Muslims will celebrate the end of Ramadan, even many who are less observant the rest of the year will be at mosques to pray. But many worshippers will celebrate amid heightened security […]

“19,250 Deadly Islamic Attacks”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Huffington Post, “Pamela Geller…has posted a new, large billboard on the Metro-North train platform in Hartsdale. ‘19,250 DEADLY ISLAMIC ATTACKS SINCE 9/11/2001,’ the sign reads. ]IT’S NOT ISLAMOPHOBIA. IT’S ISLAMOREALISM.’” Have you seen this billboard? What’s your […]

The sham “terrorism expert” industry

posted by Suzy Shuraym

A detailed examination of the topic (read it all here) by Salon.com‘s Glenn Greenwald explains just how “common group identity and career interest” is used by a group of “terrorism experts” to sustain “the myth of the Grave Threat of […]

The Nuances of the Burqa

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The burqa can be seen as a tool to increase mobility and security, a nuance often missed in the outside world’s image of the garment. Assuming that a burqa-clad woman is not empowered and in need of liberation is a […]

Ramadan Around the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Ramadan is observed in diverse ways in different Islamic countries and Muslim communities around the world. Here’s one author’s round-up. Do you do something differently? How do you observe Ramadan where you live?

Wearing Muslim Head Scarf At Work

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Huffington Post, “A former hostess at a Disneyland restaurant is suing Disney for not allowing her to wear her Muslim head scarf, or hijab, at work.” Have you (or do you know someone) who’s had similar problems?

“Mistaken Identity”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Mistaken identity” implies that there is a “correct” target, and it further implies that hate violence should rightfully be directed at Muslims. This is absolutely unacceptable. This quotation is from a blog post on The Washington Post site yesterday (August […]

Murfreesboro Mosque Opens

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Washington Post reports [on August 10, 2012], “Muslims in the Tennessee city of Murfreesboro said Friday they hope the opening of their new mosque after more than two years of controversy will be a new beginning for relations with […]

More on the Muslim Brotherhood

posted by Suzy Shuraym

On August 8, 2012, former Federal Prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy spoke at the National Press Club in Washington DC on Muslim Brotherhood influence operations in the United States. Read the transcript of his speech.

U.S. Rep. Walsh: “Another Anti-Islam Tirade”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Joe Walsh (R.-Ill.) said “radical Muslims are ‘trying to kill Americans every week’, and that ‘it’s not a matter of “if” – it’s a matter of “when”’ a 9/11-like attack will happen again”. Want the context? Read it all here.

Muslim Brotherhood Claims Dismissed

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The allegation that the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the U.S. government lost further credibility on Wednesday when John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, dismissed it out of hand.” Read more here.

Islamophobia unleashed

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“We have yet to determine if [Wade Michael] Page mistook Sikhs for Muslims, but such questions are irrelevant.” Are they? Read more here.

Missouri Mosque Burns to Ground

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Read about this latest arson attack here.

Were Sikhs Mistaken for Muslims?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Everyone here is thinking this is a hate crime for sure,” said Manjit Singh, who goes to a different temple in the region. “People think we are Muslims.” That quotation from a New York Times article on the shootings earlier […]

An Auction of a Suicide Bomber?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What do you think of this video?

Mitt Romney and the Palestinians

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The familiar Republican tactic of demonizing victims? “Romney’s statement that Israelis’ cultural superiority explains their economic success — and, by extension, that the “backward” Palestinians are to blame for their failures — isn’t particularly surprising.” True? What do you think? […]

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What’s your take on her participation in the Olympics? One report is here. A snippet: “In remarks carried on the Olympics website, Shahrkhani said her journey was only just beginning.” Is she a trailblazer for Saudi women?

Islam and the Olympics

posted by Suzy Shuraym

For the first time — ever — women from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei are competing in the Olympic Games. Methinks Muslim women from non-Muslim-majority countries have competed before. Why is this different?

Honor Killings?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Is the concept of honor killing still valid in the 21st Century? According to the AP: “In Britain, more than 25 women have been killed in so-called honor killings in the past decade.” Here is an article about parents who […]

Bachmann Witch Hunt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Now, here’s a scary thought. Michelle Bachmann (R.-Minn.) has raised more than $1 million in campaign contributions because of her Muslim-bashing. “Bachmann said July’s harvest came from more than 22,000 contributions with an average donation of just under $50, typical […]

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"Headscarves and Hymens"
“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” a new book by Mona Eltahawy, should be required reading for every American Muslim woman (it'll take longer to enlighten the men). Snippet: "I think if you whittle ...

posted 6:50:40pm Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

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