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Islam In America

Generations Rise: Elevating Muslim American Culture

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The 51st annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America is set for August 29 through September 1, 2014 (Labor Day Weekend).

It will be held in the Cobo Center, 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan.

Who’s going?

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Meriam Ibrahim Ishag Released on Bail

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 26, 2014

The State Department has received confirmation that Meriam Ibrahim Ishag has been released on bail and is no longer being detained at a Sudanese police station. She and her family are in a safe location and the Government of Sudan has assured us of the family’s continued safety. The Embassy remains highly engaged in Ms. Ishag’s case. We will provide more information as it becomes available consistent with privacy laws.

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“Honor” Killing in Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Are we mired in the past? Do we condone “honor” killings, such as this one in broad daylight in front of a courthouse in Lahore, Pakistan?

A pregnant 25-year-old killed by her father and brothers for marrying for love?

The father’s justification for the stoning? “I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it.”

“…[H]undreds of women are murdered every year in so-called honor killings carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior,” wrote K.M. Chaudry and Zaheer Babar in their report for the AP.

You can read more virtually anywhere in the media, but also here.

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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 that officially recognizes freedom of religion?

Sure, as it’s reported in the Huffington Post, “Sudan’s penal code criminalizes the conversion of Muslims into other religions, which is punishable by death.”

And, yes, Roman Catholic Christians used to burn heretics and non-believers at the stake — but that was centuries ago.

The world has learned from its mistakes and moved on — so should countries such as Sudan if they wish to be taken seriously in the modern era.

Previous Posts

Women and Sharia
"No group is more harmed by sharia than Muslim women -- a reflection in part of the patriarchal tribal culture out of which Islamic law emerged." Admittedly, the writer is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a controversial figure in Islam. However, she does have a point: men and women are treated differently

posted 2:44:26pm Mar. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Erasing History?
"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 Ann Marlowe in The Daily

posted 1:23:41pm Mar. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Meanwhile, Back in Pakistan....
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 a mug's game. Here's one place to read more about this

posted 1:32:45am Mar. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Islam and Middle School in NYC
Sharon Otterman, a reporter for The New York TimesMK/I> penned a thoughtful article on Sandra Ibrahim. The middle school student's tentative steps toward wearing hijab have been met with derision, teasing and hazing. This writer wonders whether this Arab custom from the seventh century really

posted 1:24:48pm Mar. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Why is ISIS Afraid of History?
ISIS began bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq last week, reports the Agence France Presse Why is ISIS afraid of history? Best guess: they're uneducated. History is humanity's backstory, and tearing down the past does not erase it.

posted 1:22:38pm Mar. 09, 2015 | read full post »

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