Check out the discussion going on here.
In this writer’s opinion, if the purpose of the hijab is “female modesty”, it should not be worn in non-Muslim majority countries precisely because it calls extra attention to the wearer — which is the opposite of modest.
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 has actively and repeatedly, day in and day out, rejected such radicals on religious grounds: they do not know mercy.”
Read it here: “No Room for Radicals”
Suhaib Webb is the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. Scott Korb, who teaches writing at New York University and the New School, is the author of “Light Without Fire: The Making of America’s First Muslim College.”
“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,” writes Asra Q. Nomani. “We need to work with compassion and love to guide these boys to a “straight path,” as mentioned in the Quran’s first chapter, Al-Fatiha, ‘the Opening’. And that straight path should be one of nonviolence.”
Read more of her commentary on The Daily Beast.
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 America.” write Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Carola Suárez-Orozco in “Immigrant Kids, Adrift” (read it all here).
“The alleged involvement of two ethnic Chechen brothers in the deadly attack at the Boston Marathon last week should prompt Americans to reflect on whether we do an adequate job assimilating immigrants who arrive in the United States as children or teenagers,” the authors assert.
This is something that Muslim-Americans can agree on. Even though we’re not all mosque-centric, as immigrants and the children of immigrants, we must to a better job of acculturating our young people. We know — often first hand — the challenges they face “fitting in” to a new home.