Islam In America

Islam In America

One Reason Islam is Viewed Negatively

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In the eyes of most of the world, there is no reason for the capricious restrictions on women’s movement in Saudi Arabia.

Is there another country in the world that restricts driving to one sex?

When women drive on Saudi roads — thus defying the ban — and police stop them for this “crime”, it makes me cringe. (It’s not as though the Qur’an forbids women to drive cars.)

Another episode of such free-wheeling civil disobedience took place in the kingdom this week.

The good news is that some of the male drivers were cheering their female counterparts on the roadways (read about it here).

It’s only a matter of time before things change, but this is only one change of many needed in Saudi Arabia.

A New North American Flap Over Headgarb

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In the Canadian province of Quebec, “the separatist Parti Quebecois [wants] to make the provincial government religion-neutral. It wants to do so by banning symbols of religious faith such as Jewish skullcaps, Sikh turbans, Muslim head scarves and large crucifixes from public work places.”

Read more here: Quebec Seeks Ban On Religious Symbols In Public Work Places

“Some worry the ban would force them to choose between their religion and their job.” No kidding.

The cultural wars continue.

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 the Huffington Post.

“A historically black university in southeastern Virginia, Hampton specifies in its dress code that students ‘seeking approval to wear headgear as an expression of religious or cultural dress’ need to make a written request through the chaplain, who then has to ask the student affairs vice president ‘for final approval’.”

Our Founding Fathers Included Islam

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to a new book by Denise A. Spellberg, Thomas Jefferson didn’t just own a Qur’an — he engaged with Islam and fought to ensure the rights of Muslims.

Check out this article in Salon, and consider getting a copy of Islam and the Founders.

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