Let begin by clearing the deck -- Islam is not the problem, but is instead the solution for a better future for Muslim countries. The fact is that Islam has been undermined and hijacked by corrupt hereditary rulers, clerics and strongmen to "legitimize" their illegitimate rule.
Growing up Jewish in America, I was never encouraged to associate with Muslims. It's not that anyone ever said, "don't talk to those people" -- there ...
Muslim millennials are committed to their faith; recognized a need for renewal in Muslim discourse; saw a need for a more visible role for women in religious life; believed that religion would play an important part in their country's future; and rejected extremist groups as a perversion of their faith.
Never has it been so easy to conduct legitimate background checks or verify credentials; and never has it been so easy to surreptitiously research prospective employees' religion, race or personal views. Employment discrimination is, of course, illegal. However, we know that discrimination occurs, and online searches can covertly facilitate it.
It was 1998, I just migrated to the United States from Jordan with my mother to start a new life. As I reflect now on that time period, I realize that I had subconsciously sought a certain cultural trace in order to understand and appreciate America.
What is it about cartoons and caricatures that riles politicians, religious figures, business fat cats, authorities and people of different stripes?
Imagine a local bookseller in the United States being arrested by the federal government in his own bookstore and being charged with a federal crime. His crime: the sale of books deemed hurtful or hateful to another religious group's beliefs. His punishment: eight years in prison.
As an interfaith activist, the question of God comes up frequently in my discussions. Who do we worship? As a Muslim, my belief is simple: there is one Creator, and He is the God everyone worships. But I realize that for many other belief systems, that answer is less simple.
In a free society, often uncomfortable things must be said to opposing parties to effectively work out complex issues. But when someone attempts to criticize the beliefs of a religion (mostly Islam), the left will invariably attach that criticism to racism.
Co-authored with Ilhan Cagri As we start the new year, it is a time for us to reflect on how our society is addressing relations between the US and...
Yes, I have high expectations when it comes to African Americans and Islamophobia. I do not expect black Americans, who experience hate crimes more than any other group in this country, to turn around and treat with contempt another group that does not look like the white majority.
While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.
For decades, Arab militants in the Middle East have been praying for the creation of Islamic caliphate modeled after the first caliphate established in Medina after the death of Prophet Muhammad.
Despite mainstream media condemnation of Nimr's execution, the response from the American Muslim community and some of its leading figures has been mixed, if not muted.
The problem in the never-ending presidential campaign is that words matter, and candidate Donald Trump has had an impact on Republicans, and sometimes even the Obama administration, when it comes to refugees and migrants. The nativist repetition about the evils of Islamic foreigners and Hispanic migrants resonates.
The story of Isaac and Ishmael is difficult to read. The account follows two half-brothers born to the same father and different mothers. As the story played out, one was adored and one was banished. One was considered the heir of their common father; one was disinherited.