Islam In America

Islam In America

The Third Generation Dilemma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Some American mosques are altering their programs to suit the needs of the Second- and Third-Generation Muslim immigrants — those young people who were born in the United States.

An article last week in the Wall Street Journal pointed out that “younger congregants are searching for mosques that are less rigid about separating genders during prayers and that have leaders who understand American culture.”

The younger generations are less willing to listen to the admonitions of imams imported from Muslim-majority countries, causing a staffing problem at Muslim institutions.

Who’s involved with the Next Wave Muslim Initiative? What do you think should be done to include the youngest American Muslims?

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 citizen.

This Muslim convert was known as Peter Kassig before he headed to Syria to work in civilian relief efforts.

Have cooler heads (if that term can even be applied to ISIS leadership) lost control of their troops? What possible reason could there be for an Islamic State to kill a Muslim convert? Isn’t one of their tenets that all people should be (or become) Muslim?

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 seek to blame an outside influence for violent and destructive actions of individuals.”

In this case, Heather Digby Parton of Salon. com argues that it’s not the Qu’ran doing the influencing, but radical imams (and the FBI). Yeah: not kidding.

Read the whole thing here.

Remembrance Day Icon is Controversial?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

poppy-royalbritishlegionSome people have way too much time on their hands. Object to a commemoration of Muslims who lost their lives in war? How can that possibly be a bad thing — especially when it’s in a particularly Muslim way.

Yes: I’m talking about the controversy in Britain over the poppy print scarf: “a Muslim head scarf with the iconic poppy print, launched by the Islamic Society of Britain, and sold online by British Future, with the money going to the Poppy Appeal“.

Methinks it’s a beautiful way to remind the world that Muslims, too, have died for their country. After all, it was a century ago now that Sepoy Khudadad Khan, of the 129th Baluchis regiment, became the first Muslim to receive Britain’s Victoria Cross for bravery.

As British Future puts it: “It is hoped that the garment will serve as a symbol of Britain’s diverse and shared history and the coming together of people from all backgrounds to remember in this centenary year.” Only a fanatic would disagree.

(Photo of Royal British Legion’s Paper Poppy by Philip Stevens courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

Previous Posts

New York City schools will close for Eid holidays
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.

posted 1:45:59pm Mar. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Use of Sharia Law in the U.S.
"According to Islamic law specialist Abed Awad, bans on sharia law are actually unconstitutional. Sharia law, like any foreign law or other religious law, is to be used as 'parol evidence' or 'extrinsic evidence' and provide cultural context for a ruling," writes Rahel Gebreyes in The Huffington Pos

posted 1:15:16pm Mar. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Morocco's Hassan II Mosque
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 60-story minaret, where there's a laser light shining the way toward Mecca. (

posted 1:25:36pm Mar. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Applying for a Job Wearing Hijab
According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court indicated yesterday (25 February 2015) it will side with a Muslim woman who didn't get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code to her job interview.

posted 1:56:41pm Feb. 26, 2015 | read full post »

An Example for ISIS?
"More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend," Reuters reports. The response? Norwegians said they'd form a peace circle a

posted 11:50:27am Feb. 23, 2015 | read full post »


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