In what sense is ISIS Muslim? They are the fringe and extreme minority yet the most radical and furthest away from Islam and Muslims. They have named themselves Islamic, robbed the language of the Quran, and donned on 7th century dress and symbols.
Traveling is my greatest passion. I love exploring the world. I have been traveling my entire life and as a result, have friends of different socio-economic positions, backgrounds, and faiths in nearly every corner of the globe.
We've read the accounts of French women embracing one another in the streets, regardless of religion, race or creed, united by tragedy. May this letter be our embrace.
I don't want to spend time constantly explaining this to people. That Islam is a religion of peace. I would not choose Islam every single day if Islam is what ISIS says it is.
Motivation: the state or condition of having a strong reason to accomplish something. In today's world, one's motive, can get convoluted by mere cho...
In the moments before I first learned of the darkness unfolding in Paris on Friday, I was sitting in a circle of light. Some fellow seekers and I were seated as we often are on Friday evening, pondering on the path of those yearning for closeness and presence with God.
Americans of diverse backgrounds should redouble our efforts to reach out to the peaceful Muslim majority and speak out in opposition every time that prominent demagogues -- including presidential candidates -- assert that American Muslims should be stripped of basic constitutional rights.
The right-wing's manic desire to turn every horrific and bloody terror attack into a political vendetta against immigrants and Muslims is a worn script. But it's a serviceable one.
In the wake of the heinous attacks on civilians in Paris, the French are now prone to repeating the same mistakes the United States made after the even more barbaric 9/11 attacks.
Let us count the civilian death toll in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan. The number is high. Shockingly high! These deaths occur in the face of imperialism. Our imperialism. It is our terrorism, but nobody thinks of it that way. That, in itself, is racist.
I'm an attorney, a community organizer, a female Pakistani-American Muslim immigrant. Being Muslim in America means being identified by only one aspect of my identity. It means being told exactly what it means to be Muslim in America and having very little control over the narrative.
Every life has importance, and if we believe that, we need to be more global in our empathy. We need to distinguish between the vast majority of Muslims for whom Islam is a religion of peace and love, and the small but visible minority who use it for terrorist ends.
You probably think I'm talking about terrorists or jihadists. Well, I am and I'm not. Because what I'm talking about is the cataclysmic clash between people who believe in oneness, love and connection and those who believe in violence, domination and prejudice.
I was a bit hesitant going out of my room and to the Aqua gym session this morning. I am an Iranian-American, in a clinic in Cannes, France, where a good 25 percent of the people voted for the extreme right party Front National, so my paranoia was not entirely unfounded.
At this juncture the West and the Muslim world need to work together because organizations like ISIS are our common enemy as they have targeted both of us.
As we all #PrayForParis and apply Facebook filters to our profile pictures, we cannot turn a blind eye to human suffering around the world just because "those people" are not "us."