I serve as a University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. Earlier today, I delivered a short sermon that I was recommended to share with you by some of my community members as today's reflection.
We need civically engaged Muslims to tackle these issues from all fronts. We need organizers and activists, daring demonstrations and diplomatic dinners. We need Malcolm Xs and Martin Luther Kings, Pauli Murrays and Ella Bakers.
Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.
Prejudice against Muslims and Islam is still rampant among the U.S. public, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Institute.
If you are privileged to ascend the pulpit, then honor the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and speak to the people rather than speaking at them. Put forth a message that is coherent, thought-out, and takes into the consideration the moment and all of the people who are present in it.
The American mosque has a unique opportunity and necessity to embrace the Prophetic practice of unreservedly receiving women in mosques.
I now understand that I am not alone. Indonesian Muslims including myself are gradually becoming strangers in their own skin struggling to cope with the socially-constructed standard of becoming good Muslims by trying to look and act as Arab as possible.
The Palestinians of Gaza are guilty of that new post-Cold War misdemeanor: voting while Muslim. The punishment for this crime has been eight years of economic hardship, international isolation, and periodic Israeli bombardments.
Iraqi soccer pitches have emerged as an alternative battleground in the struggle for control of Iraq between the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of northern Iraq, and embattled Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
The highly politicized pro-choice/anti-choice dispute is usually fought on the battleground of religion, though not religions agree on it. It involves complex moral and personal questions that are framed by some religions as theological.
Our issue is that when we think of our charitable giving, especially that which is religiously mandated, we think of it too much at times of the fulfillment of our obligation and not what the beneficiary class is really in need of.
Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.
Barely halfway through its month-long run, the TV serial Saraya Abdeen had already ruffled Egyptian feathers, irked historians, and upset the surviving son of Egypt's ousted King Farouk whose forebears occupied the palace after which the show is named.
The Muslim community has no federation or established systems of networks of any kind. On a local, state, or national level, there is virtually no communication or strategy being employed whatsoever. Moving aside from building coalitions external to the broader Muslim community, the development of intra-community coalitions is necessary.
In today's world, I get inspiration from the American Muslims who abhor all the violence and who host and invite me and Jews and other Christians of my kind to their hyper-peaceful Iftar dinners during Ramadan. These are small beginnings, but they are beginnings.
With so much misunderstanding in the world about Islam, I hope these simple facts serve to redress some common misconceptions.