It's not that too many Muslim immigrants are causing a safety hazard by coming to America--it's that too many of us are coming and self-segregating. There is a lot -- I repeat, a lot -- of structural and institutional racism that goes into this segregation, but it is also at least in part undeniably willful.
We Muslims are already a deeply marginalized people in mainstream American culture. We shouldn't be perpetuating our marginalization by marginalizing others. Rejecting the right to same-sex marriage, but then expecting empathy for our community's struggle, is hypocritical.
The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving Islamic State (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region.
To my Jewish friends, I want to say that I understand and share their fear and pain of seeing their country, France, stained again by anti-Semitism. Who would have believed that 70 years after World War II Jews would still be murdered in our country because they are Jewish?
Tunisia is viewed as the lone democratic success story in the Arab Spring. But the North African nation has many issues, including an uneven economy and the distinction of having more citizens thought to have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight as jihadists than any other country.
This survey should not be taken seriously. It comes from an organization with a history of producing dubious claims and "studies" about the threat of shariah, and was administered using an unreliable methodology.
Islam is a religion that teaches duty and responsibility. We are made dependent on one another so that we may help each other. My relationship with the earth isn't limited to just my lifetime, but to those born after me.
Somewhere, the sun is setting and a circle of old Arab men are huddled behind a minaret, lighting their first cigarettes -- and hoping their daughters won't see. Somewhere, a cabbie is arguing with a fare. He remembers the holy month, pulls away, and thanks God for the miracle of air conditioning.
It's time to remember that someone's color of skin, religion, ethnic background, gender, age, status and traditional or religious attire are not to be used as weapons to oppress or persecute our innate human rights and responsibilities.
The so-called religious freedom laws Republican wannabees seek are fig leafs for discrimination against gay couples. But should such laws become reality, they would go far beyond the ability of a Christian business to refuse to cater a gay wedding.
Fasting is a great test of your mental fortitude and willpower. How much are you willing to sacrifice for your own betterment, and how much are you willing to invest into yourself? I believe this to be the crux of Ramadan and the hardest part to grasp.
I haven't come across any statistics showing how Muslim Americans approach the topic of gay marriage, but my experience tells me that there are diverse opinions about it.
Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.
Any society has to indulge into an honest intellectual discourse at the time of crisis. Unfortunately, we not only resist it, but are completely blinded to our own faults.
The personality of Bilal captures the American black experience, as I understand it, in a nutshell. His story is a narrative from slavery to freedom, from darkness to faith, from obscurity to historic centrality.
Liberation movements want a place at the table. The Islamic State, on the other hand, wants to destroy the table. The Islamic State isn't simply an insurgency. Though it certainly aspires to overthrow the current regimes in Damascus and Baghdad, it doesn't have any particular attachment to this territory. It maintains a warm spot for the holy sites in Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, it doesn't care about national boundaries.