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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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.

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’.” […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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