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The Hooligans of ISIS

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Various reports and videos of ISIS troops destroying ancient monuments reminds one of teenage boys and their destructive pranks. Except with bulldozers and explosives. How a serious “caliphate” can justify such behavior is beyond belief. The reason for UNESCO World […]

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Foreign Workers: 90% of Qatar’s Population.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“In Qatar, where at least one immigrant worker dies per day working to complete its World Cup infrastructure by 2022, workers were bused in to run a marathon in whatever clothes they had in order to break a Guinness World […]

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Erasing History?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The recent vandalization of Nimrud and Hatra by the so-called Islamic State—and the destruction of lesser shrines in Libya by local Islamists, which started in 2012—is not an isolated phenomenon. It stems from deep-seated pathologies afflicting the Muslim world,” writes […]

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Meanwhile, Back in Pakistan….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The idiots have targeted and killed Christians on their way to church yesterday (and a couple of Paki police in the bargain) — idiots because they’re suicide bombers and idiots because killing people who have different beliefs than yours is […]

New York City schools will close for Eid holidays

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the New York Daily News, New York City will recognize Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha on the official school calendar starting in September.

A Danish Muslim Opens Fire

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Soren Esperson, deputy chairman of the Danish People’s Party, … derided pleas from leading mainstream politicians, including the prime minister, that Islam not be blamed for the violence. ‘Of course this has something to do with Islam just as the […]

ISIS Continues to Horrify the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From executing prisoners to enslaving captives, the brigands known as ISIS continue to horrify the world. Here, courtesy of theGuardian, is the latest: “During their bloody rampage [last summer], Isis kidnapped an estimated 5,000 Yazidi women and children, the majority […]

Is Hijab By Definition Un-American?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The following is courtesy of Travel Industry Today, a Canada-based organization: “The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is asking Delta Air Lines to take action after an employee threatened to remove a Muslim family from a Detroit-bound flight when another passenger harassed […]

ISIS Continues to Horrify the World

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to imagine, but ISIS has committed an even more brutal atrocity than beheading its captives. It has claimed to have burned their Jordanian prisoner alive. There’s no need to point out — but I will anyway — why […]

Religious Warfare Continues in Nigeria

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It never ceases to amaze me that some folks think the way to win hearts and minds is by killing people. Yes, I’m thinking of Boko Haram in Nigeria. The Islamist militants have overrun an army base in the remote […]

Generational Conflict at the Local Level

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s going to be a recurrent problem: older members of a mosque in conflict with younger members. It’s a situation that has been repeated in religious institutions in the United States since Colonial days (think of the immigrant Pilgrims’ conflicts […]

How Could It Get Any Worse?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Let’s see: Islamic militants are killing school kids in Pakistan, young women who refuse to marry ISIS fighters in Syria and elderly Nigerians. It’s hard to imagine who’s safe from these rampaging terrorists. Yes, there’s no other term that describes […]

The Torture Report

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As an American, it’s painful to read the recently released Torture Report (United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques). The only U.S. Senator who was tortured — that would be John McCain — […]

André Carson

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Huffington Post‘s Paul Vale has penned an extensive interview with one of two Muslim congressmen, André Carson. He covered a wide range of topics, including the interplay between the Christian and Muslim communities in the United States. A Democrat, […]

Here We Go Again: Somalia/Kenya

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard for Westerners of whatever religion to fathom, but some self-described Islamic extremist rebels from Somalia (who go by the sobriquet al-Shabab) are at it again. They attacked a bus in northern Kenya Saturday (22 November 2014) and shot […]

ISIS Apparently Beheads Muslim Convert

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From a Western perspective, it’s a bad bit of PR. ISIS — which purports to fight for a world where an Islamic Caliphate is dominant — has released a video purportedly showing that it has beheaded Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an American […]

Older Men Manipulating Younger Men?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Have you been following the “feud” between Bill Maher and his critics over Islam? He contends that references to violence in the Qu’ran are a literal “call to arms”. Here’s a nuanced discussion of the dispute. Key take-away: “people often […]

What the Heck’s Wrong with Pakistan?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In yet another chapter in appalling news from Pakistan, a Christian couple has been beaten and then burned death by a mob which allegedly believed they should die for having desecrated the Qu’ran. How in the name of all that […]

Islam Inspires Conflict?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Whether or not Islam itself inspires conflict, debates about it certainly do,” writes Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. Why do you think that is so?

Condemned to Death? In the 21st Century? Really?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here we go again. Yet another idiotic decision by a court that causes Americans to consider Islam a barbaric religion. How can it be possible in the 21st Century that a personal belief merits the death penalty in a country […]

The Boko Haram Conundrum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Sometimes a person’s gotta wonder what gets into some people’s minds. Take Boko Haram for example. These self-proclaimed Islamists in Nigeria are doing more harm to the reputation of Muslims worldwide (but especially in the West) than anyone since Al […]

NYPD Stops Routine Surveillance of Muslims

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s about time! The New York Police Department has shut down its controversial Muslim surveillance program. As reported on The Huffington Post, the decision “comes amidst two federal lawsuits against the NYPD’s secretive Demographics Unit, and is the first major […]

London’s Islamic Vigilantes

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A band of Islamic vigilantes has admitted to roaming the streets of East London, confronting and threatening to kill non-believers in an effort to enforce Sharia law. Three men have pleaded guilty to related charges after self-proclaimed ‘Muslim Patrols’ attacked, […]

Permission Needed to Wear Hijab?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Melona Clark, a student at Hampton University in Virginia, was forced by the school to obtain a letter from her chaplain and a letter from her mosque before the university would allow her to wear her headscarf on campus, reports […]

Buddhists Burn Homes of Muslims in Burma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Members of a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob torched dozens of homes and shops in northwestern Burma following rumors that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman, officials and witnesses said, as the country was once again gripped by […]

A Boycott is In Order

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Huffington Post reports, “Signs posted at a Spring Branch, Texas, shopping center earlier this week that called for ‘No Muslim parking’ shocked worshippers on their way to services at a nearby mosque.” Read all about it here: ‘No Muslim […]

Gay, Muslim, and Seeking Asylum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Yet another wave of Muslim immigration heads West. Joseph Mayton writes: “Facing discrimination and violence in their home countries, homosexual Muslims are flocking to the U.S. and Britain—where immigration hurdles await.” Check it out here.

Pressure Cooker Sparks Hotel Evacuation

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Police in Dearborn [Michigan] are trying to understand why a pressure cooker was left in the restroom of the Adoba Hotel, forcing the evacuation of guests until the early morning hours. The evacuation also canceled Sunday night’s banquet of the […]

Anti-Muslim Incidents Soar Across Britain

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Slate.com: “In the days following the murder of a British soldier in London [22 May 2013], there has been a huge spike in anti-Muslim incidents, according to an interfaith charity. Faith Matters, an organization that works to reduce […]

“Traveling While Muslim”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

There’s a long-standing discussion in the United States about DWB arrests (that “driving while black” is reason enough for the police to pull over a motorist). Now, evidently, this has been expanded to “traveling while Muslim”. This story is simultaneously […]

Prince Rahim Aga Khan Engaged to American Model

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Aga Khan Development Network, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of Shi’a Ismaili Muslims, announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan (age 42), to Kendra Spears, (age 24), a model from Seattle, Washington. […]

The Tsarnaev family: A faded portrait of an immigrant’s American dream

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Marc Fisher, writing in The Washington Post, has penned a thoughtful narrative of the Tsarnaev family’s life in the United States. Most interesting, perhaps, is the differing experiences of the two brothers, Ruslan and Anzor (the latter being the father […]

Radicals Not Raised in Mosques

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Suhaib Webb and Scott Korb, writing in today’s New York Times point out what many of us know: “radicalization does not happen to young people with a strong grounding in the American Muslim mainstream.” Bottom line? “The American Muslim community […]

Guiding Our Boys to a Straight Path

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“I would like our community to take responsibility for how it is that we — yes, we — have allowed an interpretation of Islam to prevail in this world that turns this boy of innocence into a bomber and murderer,” […]

What Can We Learn from the Boston Bombings?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The New York Times has a poignant editorial about immigrant children in today’s issue. “Taking in what Emma Lazarus called the ‘wretched refuse’, including asylum seekers like the Tsarnaev brothers, without providing a scaffold of support undermines the promise of […]

What Do Feiz Mohammad and Ismail Menk Have in Common?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Both Feiz Mohammad and Ismail Menk are among the Islamists “favorited” by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. You can find out more here: “Meet the Muslims Quoted and Cited and Favorited…”

Bombing Suspects: Chechen?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Media sources have identified the suspects in the bombing at the Boston Marathon as brothers with the last name of Tsarnaev: Dzhokhar, 19, and Tamerlan, 26. Unfortunately for us, they’re Muslim Americans, children of Chechen parents who immigrated to the […]

Here we go again….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Guilty until proven innocent! There’s absolutely no indication that a Muslim, American or otherwise, detonated explosives in Boston.

Is Glenn Beck Right?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Glenn Beck has a theory about why Michele Bachmann is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, and it’s not because her 2012 presidential campaign allegedly committed campaign finance violations: It’s because the U.S. has been ‘infiltrated’ by ‘radical […]

Why Are Tennessee Lawmakers Upset by a Mop Sink?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

They were afraid Muslim men would use it to wash their feet! Read it all here: “Tennessee lawmakers upset by mop sink that could be for Muslim foot washing”

Morsi Issues Warning

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Egypt’s president delivered a stern warning to his opponents on Sunday, saying he may be close to taking unspecified measures to “protect this nation” two days after supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood and opposition protesters fought street battles in the […]

Aurora Killer Latest Convert to Islam?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“There’s a hot new meme blowing up on the conservative blogosphere: James Holmes, the alleged Aurora, Colo., theater shooter, has become a devout Muslim.” Read the rest here: “Hot GOP source: The National Enquirer” “Suddenly the tabloid becomes reputable when […]

Islamophobia still has its place at CPAC

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Though, for the most part, the fringiest conservatives were shut out of [the Conservative Political Action Conference] CPAC this year, one unofficial panel hosted by Breitbart.com did not disappoint, bringing out “The Uninvited” anti-Islam activists for a panel on national […]

AFID “Anti-Jihad” Ads on MUNI Buses in SF

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The ad shows Osama bin Laden and the burning twin towers. The tag line says, ‘That’s his jihad, what’s yours?’ The campaign is the latest from the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which says it is educating America about what it […]

Conflating Islam and Nation of Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Fox News’ “Sean Hannity attempted to tie Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., to controversial Nation of Islam pastor Louis Farrakhan and his national assistant Khalid Mohammed, following an explosive interview on Fox News earlier this week in which Ellison accused […]

Terrorism isn’t an American-Muslim Problem

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“None. Zero. That’s the number of fatalities or injuries from terrorist acts by American Muslims over the last two years, according to a recent report from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security,” reports Dana Sher of the Washington […]

“Friends of Hamas” and the “Junior League of Hezbollah”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Two of the groups allegedly linked with Chuck Hagel, who’s facing a Senate confirmation fight for Secretary of Defense, are bogus. As Salon.com reports, “None of the charges were more ridiculous on their face than the allegation that Hagel took […]

Controversy Over a Cemetery?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

After residents voiced strong opposition to a proposed Muslim cemetery in a rural part of unincorporated Bullitt County in Kentucky last week, the county’s Board of Adjustments voted 4-1 to deny the request to loud applause from the crowd of […]

Hagel Confirmation Conundrum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Some opponents of the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense allege that he has shadowy Hamas ties — yet the group they pinpoint apparently does not exist. See: “Friends of Hamas”: The Scary-Sounding Pro-Hagel Group That Doesn’t Actually […]

Muslim Prisoners vs. US Justice System

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Muslims have refused to abide by rules of justice in this country that apply to all others and have been successful in being awarded special rights,” writes Gary R. Welsh in AdvanceIndiana.blogspot.com. Read the entire article here. What do you […]

Michele Bachmann Reappointed to Intelligence Committee

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“While [Minnesota Republican] Rep. [Michelle] Bachmann’s Islamophobic fear mongering is a hit in conspiratorial right-wing circles, it’s beneath the level of discourse Americans should expect from members of Congress,” Ben Betz of People for the American Way, said in an […]

Top Five Islam-Bashing Republicans

posted by Suzy Shuraym

You have to read this to believe it. How can one of America’s two major political parties get away with this nonsense? It’s got to stop!

Time Warner Cable Subscriber?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Time Warner Cable left the door open Thursday [3 January 2013] to the possibility of carrying Al Jazeera’s new U.S.-based network, which is set to replace Current TV following Wednesday’s acquisition. “‘We are keeping an open mind and as the […]

Rashad Khalifa: A Murder Trial

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“It was called the Masjid of Tucson [Arizona], a mosque where Muslims could worship and study the Koran in the Arizona desert under the idiosyncratic tutelage of Rashad Khalifa, its founder. On Jan. 31, 1990, the mosque, at the intersection […]

“She Pushed the Man Under a Train Because She Hates Muslims”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A woman who told police she shoved a man to his death off a subway platform into the path of a train because she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he was one was charged Saturday with murder […]

“Fox News Made Me Do It”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“An Indiana man who pleaded guilty yesterday to setting an Ohio mosque on fire told a judge he was motivated by media accounts – specifically those on Fox News – suggesting Muslims were threatening Americans and were in control of […]

Neo-Nazis Arrested for Assaults on 3 Middle Eastern Men

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Federal authorities in New Jersey are ending 2012 with the arrests of two accused white supremacists who allegedly went on a hate-filled assault spree last New Year’s Eve,” reports Bill Morlin of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “Christopher Ising, 31, […]

The Egyptian Referendum

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Both Islamists and secular liberals need to learn that compromise is not a dirty word.” That’s the conclusion of Jane Harman, director, president and CEO of the Wilson Center. Read the rest of her article here: “Egypt and the Art […]

Arab Men and Arab Women

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Despite what you see on TV, Arab men today want equality for their daughters, love in their marriages, and, yes, condoms.” So says Marcia C. Inhorn in “I Am With the Uprising of Arab Women” . “Arab men in the […]

Texas Textbooks Investigated for Islamic Bias

posted by Suzy Shuraym

CSCOPE, a Texas curriculum development firm, was accused of “pro-Islamic bias” by a chain email — so, of course, an investigation was launched. The result? A “72-page report — compiled by a former social studies teacher described by CSCOPE’s director […]

A Questionable Conviction in Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Alber Saber Convicted Of Blasphemy By Egyptian Court; Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison. “The case of Alber Saber is one of several seen by rights advocates as a campaign led by Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamists to curb free expression. Many […]

It’s Not About Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Here’s Thomas L. Friedman’s take on the current turmoil in Egypt: “What has brought hundreds of thousands of Egyptians back into the streets, many of them first-time protesters, is the fear that autocracy is returning to Egypt under the guise […]

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan….

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Afghanistan Women’s Rights Abuses Prevail Despite New Law, U.N. Says. What’s so difficult about the concept of a nation’s future depending on women as well as men? Putting handcuffs on half the population does nothing except further ignorance. Muslim-majority countries […]

Egypt Still in Turmoil

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The political crisis over Egypt’s draft constitution hardened on both sides on Sunday, as President Mohamed Morsi prepared to deploy the army to safeguard balloting in a planned referendum on the new charter and his opponents called for more protests […]

Egypt: It Only Gets Worse

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“At least seven people have been killed and more than 770 injured in clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Yikes! Read more here.

Protests Escalate in Cairo

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Thousands in Cairo protest Egypt president as opposition rejects talks. Egyptian protesters break through barbed wire barricade at presidential palace; more than 10,000 protesters were penned behind barrier, guarded by army tanks.” Read more here.

Tanks Deployed at Morsi’s Palace

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Egyptian government deployed tanks outside of President Mohamed Morsi’s presidential palace early Thursday after overnight clashes between the president’s supporters and opposition killed at least seven people and wounded 400. Read it on Al Jazeera Engish.

UN Recognizes Palestinian State

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to grant Palestine the upgraded status of nonmember observer state in the United Nations, a stinging defeat for Israel and the United States and a boost for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian […]

Turmoil Continues in Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Egypt Factions Scramble as Deadline Nears on Constitution” How closely do you follow developments in Muslim-majority countries? Do you take the news “personally”, even if you’re not an immigrant?

Muslim Converts

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the following article in The Huffington Post, “experts who study homegrown terrorism said the case [in Upland, California] highlights the susceptibility of new converts to radicalization, particularly among the young.” Read it here: California Terror Suspects: 2 of […]

Protests Grow in Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Egypt’s judges have called for a nationwide strike in protest against a decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting himself extensive new powers.” Read more on Al Jazeera here: “Egypt judges call for nationwide strike”

Protests Continue in Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Although there are street protests, the business community also is objecting to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s decree that gave him virtually absolute power. Here’s more: Egypt’s Stocks Tumble as Protests Over Morsi Decree Continue

Morsi’s New Powers

posted by Suzy Shuraym

‘”We are facing a historic moment in which we either complete our revolution or we abandon it to become prey for a group that has put its narrow party interests above the national interest,” the liberal Dustour Party said in […]

Just in Time for Thanksgiving

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Israel-Gaza Conflict Reaches Cease-Fire After Egyptians, U.S. Broker Deal

Israel vs. Gaza

posted by Suzy Shuraym

What goes through your mind when you read headlines and articles such as this one? Israel Gears Up for Gaza Invasion Is this a religious issue? A territorial issue? What’s happening here?

Anti-Muslim Ads Pop Up in Chicago

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that anti-Muslim ads have appeared on CTA buses. “’In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad,’ the ad reads. “The ad is financed by conservative […]

What’s Your Take on the Islamist Movement?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Islamist groups in the Arab world are diverse in their political agendas, goals, and activities and thus defy simple categorization. But several trends and common denominators have emerged in the early twenty-first century,” writes Annika Folkeson for the Wilson Center. […]

Good News from Egypt

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Egypt’s streets have long been a perilous place for women, who are frequently heckled, grabbed, threatened and violated while the police look the other way. Now, during the country’s tumultuous transition from authoritarian rule, more and more groups are emerging […]

Why Do Prominent Republicans Demonize Muslims?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Locked in the toughest fight of her congressional career, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann defended her witch hunt against alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltrators in the federal government last night during the final debate against her Democratic challenger, Jim Graves.” Read […]

Family of Slain Mosque Leader Sues FBI

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The family of a Detroit mosque leader has filed a lawsuit against FBI agents, saying his rights were violated when he was gunned down during a raid. “Luqman Abdullah was killed when agents tried to arrest him at a Dearborn […]

Here We Go Again: Afghanistan Edition

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing 36 people and wounding 23, officials said. “The attack in the town of Maymana, capital of northern Faryab province, came as people were gathering at […]

Islamophobic Moments

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Salon points out the “10 most disgraceful examples of bigotry, ignorance and hate — from obscure county parties to the halls of Congress”. Check ‘em out here: “From Allen West to Michele Bachmann, these are the most hateful examples of […]

Egypt’s Wrangling Over a New Constitution

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“If Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood is the world’s most important experiment in how Islam and democratic modernity can be reconciled,” writes Roger Cohen in The New York Times, “then the country’s constitution, now in its last phase of drafting, […]

Anti-Jihad Ads Reminiscent of McCarthyism

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Have you seen the anti-jihad advertisements? What do you think? Here’s Mike Honda’s take in The Washington Post: “Anti-jihad ads reminiscent of McCarthyism, 1950s fear mongering“. He notes: “The reality with religion — whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu […]

Why the Taliban Fears Teenage Girls

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A teenage girl speaking out for girls’ education is just about the most terrifying thing in the world for the Taliban. She is not some Western NGO activist who just parachuted into Pashtun country to hand out ESL textbooks. She […]

Good News from Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Pakistan Erupts in Anger Over Taliban’s Shooting of Schoolgirl That’s the headline in today’s New York Times. The article goes on to say, “Pakistanis from across the political and religious spectrum united in revulsion at the attack on the 14-year-old […]

Abu Hamza al-Masri, 4 Others, Arrive in US

posted by Suzy Shuraym

After losing a long battle to avoid charges, five terror suspects were extradited to the U.S. from Britain. Read more from the Associated Press here.

Why Is Calling Obama a Muslim a Bad Thing?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“President Barack Obama’s campaign building in Des Moines, Iowa, was vandalized with the words “Muslim Lier” (intended to be “Liar”), spray-painted on a large banner.” Read it all here.

Is Islam an Obstacle to Democracy?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“As Arab populations ‘pursue values like freedom, justice, equality, autonomy and pluralism, and new models of democracy and of international relations,’ the scholar Tariq Ramadan wrote in The New York Times this week, ‘they need to draw on Islamic traditions.’ […]

Muslim Advocates of Liberty

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Where are the moderate Muslims? Right under your nose, making the case for freedom of expression,” reports William Saletan in Slate magazine. Read the whole article and see who’s quoted: “Muslims for Free Speech”.

There We Go Again: Mali Edition

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Radical Islamists in northern Mali executed a man on Tuesday evening [2 October 2012] who had been accused of killing someone, a punishment that was witnessed by about 600 people in the town of Timbuktu. “The public execution was the […]

There We Go Again: Tehran Version

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Dozens of Iranians angered over an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in a weekly in France have attacked the French Embassy in Tehran.” It’s all here. Are people so desperate for television […]

There We Go Again: Pakistan Edition

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“$200,000 Bounty Offered In Pakistan For Anti-Islam Filmmaker’s Death” What is the point of this? To show that “due process” (and other 21st century civil liberties) don’t exist in Pakistan? Perhaps it is truly just window-dressing, since there’s absolutely no […]

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?

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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

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“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

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“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

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“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 […]

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.

“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 […]

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

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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 […]

“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 […]

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”

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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

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“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

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“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

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Read about this latest arson attack here.

Were Sikhs Mistaken for Muslims?

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“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?

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What do you think of this video?

Mitt Romney and the Palestinians

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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

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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 […]

“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

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?

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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 […]

CAIR Comments on Grantham’s Assertions

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“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 […]

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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