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There We Go Again!

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Violent outrage over a photograph makes the rioters look like idiots. Here’s the latest example: “Muslims Attack Buddhist Temples, Homes Over Quran Facebook Photo”

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Women Can’t Make the Hajj?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Nigerian officials say 908 Muslim women pilgrims traveling to Mecca face deportation from Saudi Arabia for traveling without male relatives.” Read the rest here. What would the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say?

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What’s Wrong with Blasphemy?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Suppose there had not been a single riot in response to the now infamous video ‘The Innocence of Muslims’. Not a single car burned, not a single embassy breached, not a single human being physically hurt. Would the makers of […]

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The Sin of Sowing Hatred of Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Read a rabbi’s take on the ads placed in the New York City subway by the American Freedom Defense Initiative: The Sin of Sowing Hatred of Islam

Iran Bans Women From 77 College Majors

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The BBC reports from Iran that “over 30 universities have agreed to ban women from about 80 different degrees such as engineering, business, nuclear physics, and computer science”. Read about it here. “Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi told the […]

The Satanic Video

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“THE alchemy of modern media works with amazing speed. Start with a cheesy anti-Muslim video that resembles a bad trailer for a Sacha Baron Cohen comedy. It becomes YouTube fuel for protest across the Islamic world and a pretext for […]

Exploiting the Prophet

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In The New York Times on 22 September, Nicholas D. Kristof asks, “why do parts of the Islamic world erupt in violence over insults to the Prophet Muhammad?” Read his conclusions here.

A 21st-Century Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The Muslim world cannot have it both ways. It cannot place Islam at the center of political life — and in extreme cases political violence — while at the same time declaring that the religion is off-limits to contestation and […]

A Ransacked Book Market

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Does anyone wonder why Islam is considered a repressive, positively medieval religion? Actions such as this: “Historic Baghdad Book Market Bulldozed”.

What’s Happening in Muslim Majority Countries?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From a Western perspective, the violent rioting over something as innocuous as a poorly-dubbed, badly-acted, low-budget film (or, rather, just the YouTube posting of a trailer purporting to preview the film) is baffling. As the story has developed over the […]

Anti-Islam Ads to Debut in NYC

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A provocative ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up in the city’s subway system as violent protests over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sweep over much of the Muslim world. “A conservative blogger […]

Editorial Commentary from the New York Times

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The anti-Islam video that set off attacks against American embassies and violent protests in the Muslim world was a convenient fuse for rage. Deeper forces are at work in those societies, riven by pent-up anger over a lack of jobs, […]

Sometimes the Only Solution is Humor

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Check out these great photos of “Muslim rage” and you’ll see what I mean: Gawker.com gives the “controversy” the seriousness it deserves.

Salman Rushdie

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Sir Salman Rushdie has said he does not think his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses would be published today because of a climate of ‘fear and nervousness’.” Read the whole BBC story here.

War Crimes in Syria

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Reuters, “United Nations human rights investigators said on Monday [17 September 2012] they had drawn up a new secret list of Syrians and military units suspected of committing war crimes who ought to be prosecuted.” What can American […]

Coptic Christian & Muslim Leaders to Hold Joint Press Conference in Los Angeles

posted by Suzy Shuraym

On Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. PST, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Coptic Orthodox Church, Diocese of Los Angeles, will hold a press conference to stand together in strongly condemning all violent reactions that have been […]

CAIR Releases Video Appeal in Arabic

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From the Council on American-Islamic Relations 15 September 2012 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a video appeal in Arabic to those protesting an anti-Islam film, portions of which have been circulating on the Internet. In the video, […]

MPAC Weighs In

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From the Muslim Public Affairs Council 14 September 2012 During our nation’s commemoration of the 11th anniversary of 9/11, our country lost four heroes, one of which was U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens Stevens was a dedicated servant, who, until his […]

Where Are the Adults?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In a nutshell: “if friendship between Egypt and the United States is contingent upon no American ever saying anything that will offend the religious sensibilities of Egyptians, then it is time to declare that friendship dead.” So writes Tarek Masoud […]

Dear Muslims….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Dear Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Jews, “You’re living in the age of the Internet. Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it. “If you don’t, what’s happening this week will happen […]

OK, Folks: What’s the Real Reason?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Surely no more than a handful of the thousands of demonstrators in the Middle East and North Africa have even seen the 14-minute amateur video. Theirs is not a protest against an anti-Islam “film” made for the express purpose of […]

More on “Innocence of Muslims” Video

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say […]

Libya, Egypt and the “Butterfly Effect”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

An interesting essay on the “Innocence of Muhammad” fallout here. Snippets: “The group behind the film, in other words, managed to evoke all the classic themes of anti-Semitism as a way of disguising the Coptic and evangelical network out of […]

30% of Republicans Think Obama is a Muslim

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“If you wonder why a desperate Mitt Romney rushed to lie about President Obama’s handling of crises in Cairo and Benghazi and make the ugly claim that Obama’s first response was ‘to sympathize with those who waged the attacks’, the […]

The Whole Thing May Just Be a Hoax

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“[Sam] Bacile, the producer of the film, is not Israeli, and most likely not Jewish, as has been reported, and that the name is, in fact, a pseudonym.” There’s more from The Atlantic on the search for the folks behind […]

U.S. Ambassador Killed in Libya

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The United States ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed along with three of his staff in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi Tuesday night by an armed mob angry over a short American-made video mocking Islam’s founding […]

Sometimes Words are Insufficient

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What do you think about this suggestion from televangelist Pat Robertson? “Become Muslim So [You] Can Beat [Your] Wife”.

10 Myths About Muslims

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From Doug Saunders, author of Myth of the Muslim Tide: 10 Myths About Muslims.

Why is the Muslim Brotherhood Stuck on Rerun?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Women are erratic and emotional, and they make good wives and mothers — but never leaders or rulers. That, at least, is what Osama Abou Salama, a professor of botany at Cairo University and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, […]

Shari’a in America Blog

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What do you think of this new website on Shari’a in the United States? Sharia in America: The Role of Shari’a Law in U.S. Courts by Abed Awad, Attorney, Islamic Law Expert; Adjunct Professor, Rutgers Law School & Pace Law […]

Here We Go Again!

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Hank Williams Jr. Blasts Obama Again, Says President Is Muslim, ‘Hates Cowgirls,’ ‘Loves Gays’” Read it all here.

Egypt Abuzz as Newsreader on State TV Wears Hijab

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“In what was called a first for Egyptian state television, a woman wearing a head scarf presented headlines in a newscast on Sunday, breaking with a code of secular dress that for decades effectively barred the wearing of Islamic head […]

Answering Difficult FAQ: 49th Annual ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Several sessions at the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America centered on one topic: how to answer difficult but frequently asked questions about Islam. Maha ElGenaidi (pictured) moderated a discussion with Ameena Jandali and Jamal Badawi […]

“Our American Heritage”: 49th Annual ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Altaf Husain started the session on “Our American Heritage” during the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America with a challenge. “Who are we as a community,” he asked the audience on Sunday [2 September 2012]. “What […]

“Forming a More Perfect Union”: 49th ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What should be the role of Muslims in politics? That was the question before the panel Saturday morning [September 1, 2012] at the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America in Washington, D.C. First up was Mustafa […]

Overview of Objectives of Shari’a: 49th ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Muzammil Siddiqi and Muneer Fareed discussed shari’a in an afternoon session today (August 31, 2012) at the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America in the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center. Dr. Siddiqi (pictured), chairman of the Fiqh […]

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