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Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor of Islam and Global Affairs at the University of Delaware and a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understating. His website is www.ijtihad.org.

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Orlando Massacre and Challenges for America and Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 3:54 PM

The mass shooting in Orlando this week underscores several serious challenges that we as a society must face. The three most important ones in my view are homophobia, radicalism and gun violence. But before I explore these critical issues, let me first address the legions of Islamophobes in...

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Countering Violent Extremism: The War on Terror, Reset

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 2:54 AM

On April 6-7, there was a major symposium on CVE, Countering Violent Extremism, that brought, experts, government officials, national leadership and practitioners together to deliberate on the state of America's efforts to respond to the challenge of rising extremism. The symposium was hosted by Creative Associates,...

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Terror in Brussels: A Muslim Response

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 4:51 PM

"By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer!
By Allah, he is not a believer. One whose neighbour does not feel safe from
his evil" -- Prophet Muhammad.

A Muslim response to the terror attacks in Brussels

Once again terrorism has rocked a major global city. The Center of global Diplomacy and global governance, Brussels, was rocked by terrorist attacks, claimed by ISIS that have killed at least 30 and injured over 200. Globalization has brought much that is desirable and is truly bringing people closer, but it also has its dark side and one of them is the globalization of terror -- Paris, Ankara, Peshawar, Brussels.. the trail of blood and devastation is truly worldwide.

I express my condolences to the friends and family of the victims, they are in our prayers and I vociferously condemn the ideas, values and impulses behind this dastardly act.

While the world is shocked and in sorrow, political opportunists and hate mongers are going to town. This is the time to unite, share comfort and security and remind ourselves that it is our values of tolerance, pluralism, love for humanity and the desire to do good that make us human and not hate, anger and violence.

As hate mongers move to capture the moment to gain politically, people who care for a pluralist and harmonious world must unite and repel these advances. We must unite to fight terror and also work to remove the structural incentives for terror. I fear that our leaders may not respond prudently. I anticipate political reaction that may add fuel to fire.

The door for refugees escaping war, famine and terror, specially in the Middle East will most surely be shut by European leaders worried about the spread of ISIS.

Those who were reluctant to join the emerging fascist tendencies in Europe and the US, will be one more step closer to supporting them. Every act of terror is nutrition to fascism. Today, Donald Trump has surely won many new voters to his case.

Islamophobia already raging like a fire will gain more strength and more venom. All Muslims, everywhere, regardless of their politics will feel the heat.

May God protect us all.


This was also posted on the Rational Sufi at...

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Delawareans Reject Islamophobia and Affirm Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Profoundly hateful comments by Donald Trump, reminiscent of Nazi Fascism, and a number of incidences of violence, vandalism and arson against Muslims and Islamic centers has focused global attention on the outbreak of Islamophobia in America. No doubt, Republican presidential candidates have unleashed a mini tsunami of hate...

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Delaware Muslims Stand Up For Social Justice

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:26 PM

"Oh my Servants, I have forbidden injustice for myself and have forbidden it among you, so do not be unjust with each other" -- Islamic tradition.

Social justice has become the issue of our times. Whether it is gender equality or the struggle against racism, whether it is about...

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Turkey at a Crossroads After the Ankara Bombing

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 6:41 PM

The news of the horrible attack that killed nearly a hundred peace activists in Ankara on October 10th came as a punch in the gut! By now most people are used to shocking and violent events in the Middle East and with each event we are getting more and more...

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Racism in America and Islam: Remembering Bilal

(44) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 6:59 PM


"I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise."

Slavery is America's original sin. It was there from the beginning. While the civil war eventually abolished it, what remains is an insidious, institutionalized and pervasive racism that has persisted in spite of the triumph...

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Ramadan Fasts: Four Levels of Spirituality

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 2:49 PM

Indeed, only through the remembrance of God, do hearts find contentment (Quran 13:28).

The holy month of Ramadan is once again upon us and those Muslims who are fortunate to witness it are obligated to fast for the entire month, unless, they are old, traveling, ill or...

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Can Religion Play a Positive Role in Politics?

(17) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 5:25 PM

Are Religion and Politics Separable?

The twenty first century began with two major religious crises that have horrified the world -- the sexual extremism in the Catholic Church and the violent extremism of Islamic groups. Together they have helped place religion in a very unfavorable light and one has...

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The Muslim World Needs Social Scientists Who Know the Islamic Tradition

(9) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 6:30 PM

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Power is a function of knowledge.

Say: Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? [Quran 39:9]

The Ummah is powerless because those who they consider as knowledgeable have failed for over 500 years to provide...

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Indian Muslims in the Age of Muslim Uprisings

(113) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Muslim lands and Muslim communities are in a state of violent and intense political transformations across the Muslim heartland. States are destabilized, national identities are being deconstructed, sectarian and ideological fault lines are getting exacerbated and radicalism, extremism and state oppression is escalating. In this ocean of despair, one finds...

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Can American Muslims Become a Cohesive Political Force in the 2016 Election?

(10) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 6:17 PM

The Presidential election campaigns in the U.S. have begun. Major candidates like former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Ted Cruz from Texas have thrown their hats into the fray. Once again we confront the challenge, what role can American Muslims play in American politics?

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New Atheists and the Economy of Outrage

(272) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:32 PM

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The recent discursive assault on Islam and Muslims by the so-called "new atheists" is another moment in the sequence of never ending vilifications of Islam that Western culture seems to have an insatiable appetite for. There is a perverse quality to...

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Contemplating Islamic Reform

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 3:57 PM

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"Whoever starts a good practice in Islam he will be rewarded for it and whoever starts evil practice in Islam he will be burdened with it." (Prophet Muhammad pbuh from Sahih Muslim)

The concomitant usage of the two terms Islam and...

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The Crisis in Yemen: An Opportunity to Restore Regional Order

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:12 PM

One of the problems the Middle East and the broader Muslim World has faced since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire is the absence of a major power that can guarantee international security. In the absence of such a power, Muslim nations have had to rely on super powers like...

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5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read

(86) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and YouTube stalwarts enjoy. What this tells us is that people are beginning to value knowledge but are...

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In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo: We Need a More Honest Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 9:13 PM

The massacre at Charlie Hebdo, a French Satirical magazine, by Muslim extremists that led to a nationwide manhunt and ultimately 17 fatalities has once again focused global attention on religiously motivated violence by Muslims. From Peshawar to Paris, Muslims have left a bloody trail that challenges the claim...

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Pakistan Needs Regional and Global Alliances to Fight the Extremists

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Pakistan on Sunday launched another military operation -- Zarb-e-Azb -- against the extremists in Waziristan. The name of the operation means sharp and cutting or surgical. This is not the first such operation and perhaps will not be the last of its kind. But if this one is...

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The Empire (Ottoman) Strikes Back

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Prime Minister Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won the municipal election in Turkey on the 30th of March with a significant margin and surpasses its performance in the previous elections in 2009. As always AKP supporters have used the ballot to send a message to the...

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Celebrating Prophet Muhammad in Delaware

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 4:24 PM

The Tuesday before last was very special for the Muslim community of Delaware. We celebrated the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) for this first time in a public ceremony. Nearly a hundred members of the community, including children and grandparents, gathered to mark the 1,444th birthday...

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