Muslims were indeed here from the beginning, but the beliefs and practices they brought with them only rarely endured. Their experiences serve as a reminder that every faith woven into the fabric of our country has been made up of strands both light and dark.
As Muslims, our initial and understandable response to the atrocities committed in the name of our religion is disbelief, outrage and a natural instin...
The Islamophobes who do not see the value in Muhammad's qualities are simply being close-minded. If the Prophet were alive, he would show them mercy and compassion in spite of their actions. He would also tell them to seek more knowledge.
I am not going to apologize for being Muslim, or for any crime I did not commit, no matter how seasoned and convincing the imposters of Islam have become, because an apology for a crime I did not commit, is insulting to my intellect and yours.
What if the real problem in the Middle East isn't a few thousand crazy guys running around in the desert chopping off heads? What if the real problem is the established order that inspired them to organize, the very order the U.S. continually helps perpetuate?
Transhumanism is not a religion, nor is it in competition with religion. It is simply a mode of being that embraces evolving the human being with science, reason, and technology.
Inasmuch as President Obama has been more than clear about his Christian commitments, continuing to question his faith is merely a more socially acceptable way of calling him a liar.
This is, nonetheless, my country. It always has been, and it always will be, and it has been so for generations of Muslims. I am not asking, and I will never ask, for the permission of my neighbors for it to remain so.
It's not fair. Everybody deserves the right to express him or herself, without the fear that someone will treat you differently because of it.
It is imperative that when discussing issues such as what constitutes a "small minority" of religious extremists, that we be armed with the proper statistical information along with the ability to process the relevant data in a fair, accurate, and unbiased manner.
New York is celebrated as a leader in our nation's quest for progress because ours is a city built by the labor of a thousand different shades and accents. Now, it is the time to lead once more by championing inclusion towards the Muslim-American community at a time of rising tension, mistrust, and, yes, Islamophobia.
As a 34-year-old Muslim man with an older brother I look up to, I hated how much we had in common with 34-year-old Said Kouachi and his brother Cherif, the terrorists who murdered 12 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.
One thing the biographies of Jihadi John, the Islamic State's executioner of foreign hostages, and several of his European associates have in common is their passion for soccer and their dashed hopes of becoming professional players.
If the Supreme Court imposes stringent notice requirements on job applicants and employees, it will set the clock back on religious rights in the workplace by decades. Employers will be able to duck their heads into the sand any time a visibly religious Sikh, Muslim or Jew walks in.
9/11 has changed the life of Muslims substantially. Almost overnight, they became the target of media-hype, various "anti-terror" efforts, religious intolerance and hate crimes.