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Morocco’s Hassan II Mosque

posted by Suzy Shuraym

AFKTravel has a photo essay about the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Said to be the seventh largest mosque in the world, it cost some $12 million and was completed in 1993. The photo shows the top of the […]

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Islam is as American as a Rodeo

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As The New York Times noted on Sunday (8 February 2015): “there is an inconvenient footnote to the assertion that Islam is anti-American: Muslims arrived here before the founding of the United States — not just a few, but thousands.” […]

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What Is an Islamist State?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“There is really no such thing as a specifically Islamic or “Pakistani” blueprint for running a modern state. None. Nada. Nothing. There is no there there. Yet school textbooks, official propaganda and everyday political speech in Pakistan endlessly refer to […]

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“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Religion: Values, Not Laws
"For most inhabitants of modern, Western countries, religion is an incubator of values, not the source of binding law," writes Sheila Kennedy in a meditation on "The Retreat of the Puritans". This realization is at the heart of what's causing ...

posted 5:26:45pm May. 29, 2015 | read full post »

ISIS and "The West"
"Much of the imagery of Western Orientalism of the past two centuries has a similar message, highlighting a binary difference between 'us' and 'them',” writes Frederick Bohrer in The Los Angeles Review of Books. "Would the ISIS videos even ...

posted 12:15:30am May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Black. Gay. Imam.
"Think you have challenges in your life? What do you think the challenges are for a gay, black, Muslim who is the United States’ first openly gay Imam?" Read more about Daayiee Abdullah, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.: Meet ...

posted 1:34:31pm May. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Do Muslim Babies Always Grow Up to Be Muslim Adults?
Here's a provocative assertion: "The recent Pew survey shows that Islam is the fastest growing religion, not because people are converting to Islam, but because they’re having more babies. The fertility rate is much higher than that of any ...

posted 12:01:15am May. 17, 2015 | read full post »

ISIS is at it again: Palmyra in its sites
The jury of public opinion is still out about whether ISIS had anything to do with the shootings in Garland, Texas, but there's no doubt they're still causing havoc in the Middle East. This week's target? The ancient city of Palmyra. (One ...

posted 12:38:56am May. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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