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Black. Gay. Imam.

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Think you have challenges in your life? What do you think the challenges are for a gay, black, Muslim who is the United States’ first openly gay Imam?” Read more about Daayiee Abdullah, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.: […]

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Texas Muslim Capitol Day

posted by Suzy Shuraym

It’s hard to know where to begin on this one. Surely the organizers knew that the name itself — Texas Muslim Capitol Day — would bring out anti-Islam demonstrators on January 29, 2015, (and it did). What wasn’t foreseeable, however, […]

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Michelle Obama Bareheaded in Saudi Arabia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Associated Press reports: “Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.” […]

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What’s Next for Saudi Arabia?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

King Abdullah has died. Whither Saudi Arabia? As The New York Times put it: “The king’s death adds yet another element of uncertainty in a region already overwhelmed by crises and as Saudi Arabia is itself in a struggle with […]

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 […]

Consequences of Insults

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Muslim-majority countries need to get a grip. First Turkey jails a 16-year-old boy for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then Mauritania sentences a journalist to death for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Really? In the 21st Century? We […]

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, […]

Richard Dawkins is Not an Islamophobe

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The fact [Richard] Dawkins presents – that so few Muslims have won Nobel Prizes — does raise legitimate questions that Dawkins himself addresses in a blog post about the controversy he stirred up by his tweet. He points out that […]

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 […]

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…”

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 […]

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 […]

The Prophet Muhammad Thru Western Eyes

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Guest Editorial By Sarwat Husain Council on American-Islamic Relations The Prophet Muhammad was born on the 12th day of Rabi-Al-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic lunar calendar, more than 1,400 years ago. He remains misunderstood in much of the […]

This Time It’s Pakistan’s Turn

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Huffington Post, “Sherry Rehman, the Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, is under investigation by Pakistani police for allegedly blasphemous remarks she made more than two years ago on a Pakistani talk show, Agence France-Press reports. If […]

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 […]

30% of Republicans Think Obama is a Muslim

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“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 […]

Overview of Objectives of Shari’a: 49th ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Muzammil Siddiqi and Muneer Fareed discussed shari’a in an afternoon session today (August 31, 2012) at the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America in the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center. Dr. Siddiqi (pictured), chairman of the Fiqh […]

“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 […]

Abedin: Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrator?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

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.

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 […]

Black Muslim Leaders: Elijah Muhammad

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

Black Muslim Leaders: Wali Fard

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Among Black Muslims, two names stand out: Wallace D. Fard and Robert Poole. Even if you’re familiar with the history of this indigenous Islamic religion, you may not recognize them — both were better known under different monikers: Wali Fard […]

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posted 5:26:45pm May. 29, 2015 | read full post »

ISIS and "The West"
"Much of the imagery of Western Orientalism of the past two centuries has a similar message, highlighting a binary difference between 'us' and 'them',” writes Frederick Bohrer in The Los Angeles Review of Books. "Would the ISIS videos even ...

posted 12:15:30am May. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Black. Gay. Imam.
"Think you have challenges in your life? What do you think the challenges are for a gay, black, Muslim who is the United States’ first openly gay Imam?" Read more about Daayiee Abdullah, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.: Meet ...

posted 1:34:31pm May. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Do Muslim Babies Always Grow Up to Be Muslim Adults?
Here's a provocative assertion: "The recent Pew survey shows that Islam is the fastest growing religion, not because people are converting to Islam, but because they’re having more babies. The fertility rate is much higher than that of any ...

posted 12:01:15am May. 17, 2015 | read full post »

ISIS is at it again: Palmyra in its sites
The jury of public opinion is still out about whether ISIS had anything to do with the shootings in Garland, Texas, but there's no doubt they're still causing havoc in the Middle East. This week's target? The ancient city of Palmyra. (One ...

posted 12:38:56am May. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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