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Dr. Faheem Younus
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Dr. Faheem Younus is the Senior Fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Ethics at the University of Baltimore and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland. In the post 9/11 America, where Islam is a source of intrigue to some and angst to others, Dr. Younus initiated a dialogue surrounding Muslim and American values. That dialogue led to the birth of his blog – Muslimerican.com – where you can find his archived works.

Awards: Dr. Younus is the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Service Award (Gold) by Barack Obama in 2009 for his work with Muslim Youth in America. He received an honorable mention at the 2011 Annual Volunteers Service Award by the Governor Martin O’Malley. In 2006, he was recognized by then Governor Robert Ehrlich for his services in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He has also received numerous awards for excellence in writing, civic engagement and patient care.

Service: Dr. Younus served as the National Youth President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA (MKA USA) from 2006-10. This leading Muslim youth group has thousands of members organized in over 60 chapters across USA. As President, he helped to build a strong Muslim American identity by demonstrating that there should be no conflict between an American Muslim's pledge to the Holy Quran and his pledge to the flag of United States. Under his leadership, Muslim American youth adopted over 50 highways across the nation, collected thousands of units of blood, organized massive community outreach events and held large-scale conventions. He currently serves as the National Secretary for Education for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

Teaching: Dr. Younus teaches a popular course, Islam: Fact and Fiction, at multiple campuses across the nation. He has delivered over 100 lectures about Islam to students at institutions like the Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, Notre Dame University and various community colleges in Maryland. He also teaches medical students from the University of Maryland and the medical residents at the Franklin Square Hospital. Dr. Younus has addressed audiences as small as 10 to as large as 10,000.

Writing: Dr. Younus is a Huffington Post blogger and an award winning writer of the Muslim Writers Guild of America. He has published and syndicated over 80 opinion-editorials in various newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, AOL News, and The Baltimore Sun. His short pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, and The Boston Globe. These publications are archived under the “Published Op-Eds” tab on Muslimerican.com. In addition, he has over a dozen scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.

Media: “Where are the moderate Muslims?” Responding to this call, Dr. Younus has represented Islam on major cable TV channels such as FOX News and ABC News. You can also listen to more than 100 of his media interviews on Muslimerican.com.

Leadership: A strong believer in the philosophy of “servant leadership,” Dr. Younus serves on the Board of Directors of various non-profit organizations including University of Baltimore, Humanity First, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

Profession: Dr. Younus is a respected physician, currently in the full-time practice of Infectious Diseases at a Maryland Hospital. During his career, he has helped thousands of patients, taught hundreds of residents and students, and implemented dozens of process improvements at the hospitals in which he serves.

He can be reached at talk@Muslimerican.com

Entries by Dr. Faheem Younus

A Brown, Bearded Muslim American Gives Thanks to Gap on Thanksgiving

(8) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 8:46 PM

As this brown, bearded Muslim was getting ready to pick up his Thanksgiving turkey order from a local Boston Market, news broke of racist graffiti in New York city.

Gap had recently launched a holiday ad campaign featuring diverse models. One such ad showcasing the famous designer...

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How Prophet Muhammad's Humility Could Shape the US-Iranian Peace Deal

(7) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:37 PM

As the freezing winds pierced through Washington DC this past weekend, Tehran warmed up to a nuclear peace deal. Since you may have gotten an earful about the three decades of US-Iranian diplomatic quagmire, the two decades of Israeli-Iranian mien of ancient warriors, and a decade old label of "Axis...

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DC Navy Yard Shooting: Let's Not Shirk Our Responsibility

(8) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 1:24 PM

There is never a dispute about the "what" and "who" of mass shootings. For instance, take the recent attack on September 16.

What: Thirteen killed and over a dozen injured in a rampage at the Washington D.C. naval yard.

Who: A 34-year-old African American male, Aaron Alexis with...

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Syrian War is Not a Prelude to The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

(83) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:53 PM

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls a U.S. military response, some theologians hope for an alarming endgame to the 30-month-long Syrian conflict.

For these Christians and Muslim, the civil war in Syria is a prelude to the Second Coming...

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CNN: Don't Link the Terror Alert to the 'Night of Power.'

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:23 PM

I was putting my shoes on, leaving for my evening prayers, when my phone buzzed with a text: "Saw a CNN byline linking 'night of power' to the recent terror alert. Talk of sensationalism."

You know how it goes. The story was largely accurate -- prompted by fears of a...

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Who Will End the Anti-Muslim Discrimination: The White House or the 'Right' House?

(85) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 1:34 PM

This is the story of two Washington Iftar dinners.

First, the Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren invited Muslim leaders to a diplomatic Iftar dinner last week and Imam Antepli of Duke University wondered aloud if the event was meaningful. And then the Obama administration invited Muslim leaders...

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Understanding a Billion Muslims: Ten Days, Ten Deeds

(47) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 6:44 PM

Who can decipher the mind of a terrorist? In the post 9/11 America, there is a dollar-spending, ink-spilling, competition between the government and the academia to answer this question.

The faith of the terrorist in the above question is typically implied while the magnitude of the problem -- less...

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Pakistan's 'Separate But Equal' Elections

(65) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 9:30 AM

On May 11, the world's second most populous Muslim country, Pakistan, marked a historic election. The country's 66-year history is marred by the presence of martial laws and never before has one elected government replaced another. As Pakistanis rushed to the polling stations to cast their vote, more...

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Do #PrayforBoston But Don't Stop at the Hashtag

(11) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Our hospital's chapel is typically empty. I offer my afternoon prayers there. Yesterday, as I was hopping from one patient room to another, I saw the dreadful slide of "Breaking News" of the Boston Bombings across TV screens. And even before I knew the death count, my Twitter feed was...

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Gay Marriage and the Shifting Sands of Time Magazine Covers

(30) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Here are your choices: flay, frown, fume or feel any number of positive emotions about Time Magazine's covers, but don't make decisions based on them.

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Take for example, last week's dual-covers of the Time, flaunting two men and two women kissing with a...

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Blasphemy Laws and Pakistan: Whose Islam Is It Anyway?

(106) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Billa was his nickname. A poor, uneducated Christian boy who cleaned sewer lines, removed garbage and, on a good day, played cricket with us on the streets of Lahore. I fondly remember how he could hit the ball out of the park and make the team proud.

But life...

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5 Differences Between a Catholic Pope and an Islamic Khalifa

(105) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 9:14 AM

More than 30 years ago, when my parents enrolled me in St. Anthony's, a Catholic school in Pakistan, our neighbors expressed a concern: Will my faith be at risk because of attending a Catholic school?

But I experienced no conflict. I noted how the nuns wore a...

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If Prophet Muhammad Had His Way, There Would Be No Guantanamo Bay

(1408) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Sen. Mitch McConnell is guilty on both counts: What he believed to be news was a joke, and what he missed was the real news.

It started on Nov. 12, when on The Duffle Blog, America's John Stewart for the fake and funny military news made an...

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Why Ban Cousin Marriages?

(59) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Never go to a barber shop while you are still mulling over controversial news like, "Obama invokes gay rights in inaugural address."

Because your mind may sputter an even more controversial question like, "Why then we smother the discussion on the topic of first cousin marriages?"

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Muslims: #RemoveHate or Pakistan Will Disintegrate

(88) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Pakistan went through a Rosa Parks moment on Jan. 10 when twin bombings killed more than 100 members of the persecuted Shiite Muslim sect. The families refused to bury their kin. They protested -- in subfreezing temperatures -- by sitting next to the dead bodies for four days,...

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Why Would a Church Turn Down Free Flu Shots?

(77) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Let me guess: A flu-like illness afflicted you or someone you know in the past two weeks.

What else would you expect? CDC is now reporting widespread Influenza (flu) activity in more than 41 states. Since the virus infects blacks and whites, gays and straight, Christians and Muslims...

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Why (and How) Should Muslim Americans 'Celebrate' Christmas?

(202) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Every December, Muslim youth, parents and converts in the Western countries face a familiar dilemma: Why (or how) should they "celebrate" Christmas?

On this issue, Muslim scholars are divided. Integrators like the British Cabinet Minister, Baroness Warsi admonish immigrant Muslims to "celebrate Christmas in traditional style, with carols,...

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Sandy Hook Elementary: Where Scar Killed Simba

(5) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:45 AM

Last week, I was taking pictures at my son's elementary school's winter concert. The kindergartners were dressed as elephants, monkeys and other animals; my son was wearing the zebra costume. The children were singing; the parents were clapping. It was like watching The Lion King on Broadway.

Then on Friday,...

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Gaza Is Longing for an Arab-Israeli Spring

(20) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 11:19 AM

Plato may have inadvertently summed up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 2,500 years ago when he is thought to have declared: "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

The cyclical bloodshed in the Arab-Israeli...

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Give Afghanistan Schools Today (or Don't Blame Islam Tomorrow)

(61) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 10:39 AM

After a gruesome reelection campaign, President Obama should unwind. And instead of playing basketball, he should watch a movie. How about the 2007 biographical drama, "Charlie Wilson's War"? It's about the period when the United States was leaving Afghanistan after wrapping up its covert anti-Soviet operation there. Tom...

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