When it comes to American Muslims, our nation's actions often do not match the principles of equal treatment and religious freedom enshrined in our Constitution. I do not lose hope, though. A key source of inspiration comes from American Muslim communities and allies themselves.
What is the best way to combat Islamophobia? Meet a Muslim. Research and studies are periodically conducted measuring the population and reach of Muslims, but just about zero exist when it comes to how many people speak about Islam and Muslims and have never met a Muslim or read the Quran.
On this tragic day, the heavens screamed as three angels were killed. But on this very same day, a legacy was born. Here are 10 things we can learn from Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha, in the words of their closest friends.
"Thank you so much for your program! I'm Muslim, but no one here knows it." This confession sent chills down my spine, evoking the histories of when others felt compelled to secretly whisper: "I'm Jewish, but no one knows it".
When society uses groups or stereotypes to sort, it discards the very thing that creates value. It's a lazy man's approach to thinking. Or, maybe it's not thinking at all. This laziness denies the very best thing each of us have to offer: ourselves.
Patting ourselves on the back for voting for racial minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals, or people with disabilities obscures the systemic discrimination these groups still face. The "friend" discourse masks deeper problems that scream for better understandings of diverse experiences.
As student journalists who hope to work in media, and as graduates who are already working in the media, it is often difficult to report with empathy and compassion when the emphasis for a successful media model is put on how many hits are garnered for a story.
This long-awaited trip penciled on the president's itinerary comes during a critical time for members of the Islamic faith. The visit will not be a magic bullet to cure every problem or resolve every grievance. But it will go a long way to restore faith in American ideals.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- During the cartoon crisis of 2006, an association with European xenophobia and Islamophobia had grave consequences for Denmark's international diplomacy and its exposure to international terrorism. Now, its new migrant law threatens to do the same.
Muslim women are celebrated as courageous when pushing back against legal, social and cultural norms within their faith communities. But, Rose Hamid's recent silent protest at a Trump rally begs the question: aren't Muslim women pushing back against Islamophobia "courageous," too?