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As a Muslim, ISIS's Religion Is Not My Religion

Sana Tayyen | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Sana Tayyen

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.

5 Promises to My Future Daughter

Qasim Rashid | Posted 10.19.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

My daughter, I promise to create a world around you in which your brothers and I educate men to control their behavior and subdue their anger and violent actions, and hopefully soon we can end violence against women.

My Struggle Against Islamophobes

Atif Rashid | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Atif Rashid

I feel as though I'm in an almost-daily battle with Islamophobes whether online or in my mind trying to figure out why these people have so much hatred against Islam.

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard

Atif Rashid | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Atif Rashid

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his majestic spiritual power, brought man from barbarity to humanity. From ordinary human beings, he made them into highly developed moral beings.

Why Success Isn't What Everyone Thinks It Is

Atif Rashid | Posted 09.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Atif Rashid

We're all looking for it -- success. But what is it and how can we get there? Photo by bernavazqueze When the veils, garbs and blindness of succes...

New Petition Proclaims ISIS Is Guilty of Genocide

Craig Considine | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Genocide Initiative has launched a petition that calls on political powers to unite and proclaim the crimes being committed by ISIS as acts of religious, cultural, and ethnic genocide.

ISIS Violates The Consensus Of Mainstream Islam By Persecuting Christians

Qasim Rashid | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Qasim Rashid

Daesh ("ISIS") recently destroyed an ancient monastery and a church. This, after abducting several Christians, in what has become the group's long scourge on humanity. Contrary to ISIS's ignorance and propaganda, Prophet Muhammad sought to protect the rights of Christians.

The Truth About Islam and Sex Slavery History Is More Complicated Than You Think

Kecia Ali | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Kecia Ali

Islamic State atrocities, including systematic rape of captive Yazidi women and girls, have prompted debates over Islam and slavery. Simplistic claims that Islam accepts or forbids slavery ignore complex issues of interpretation and implementation. They also obscure both the lasting impact of slavery on Muslim sexual ethics and the troubling ways that only some violence merits notice or condemnation.

I Don't Want to See Another All-Male Muslim Panel, Ever Again

Coming of Faith | Posted 08.14.2015 | Religion
Coming of Faith

Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, was a feminist. That is not a matter of opinion, but rather fact based upon all the information we have available on the Prophet, including both religious and academic text.

The Imitation of Buddha

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 08.05.2015 | Weird News
Alexander Reynolds

No fun. No sex. No booze. No hair. No eyebrows. Could a playboy adventurer like myself find enlightenment by binning life's materialism and becoming a Buddhist monk? Could a period of abstinence in the remote cloisters of a Thai monastery save the cankered soul from additional rot?

Calling Millions of Muslims to Secretly Check in for This Flight

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 07.13.2015 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

To my Muslim family, you know Ramadan starts on June 18 this year. Many in the West believe it's a month when we abstain from food and drink during daytime. That's true. But in reality, Ramadan is about abstaining from all carnal desires, not just food. It's a spiritual flight requiring us to follow certain protocols.

Did Prophet Muhammad Warn Us Of ISIS 1,400 Years Ago?

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

1,400 years ago, the Prophet Muhammad prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of Islam but its name, nothing of the Quran but its word, and that many "Mosques would be splendidly furnished but destitute of guidance" (Mishkatul Masabih).

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: Hunger Is Not A Choice for Some But Giving Is

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

They had no tangible means to move it so one came up with the idea of saying a prayer to God by a sincere deed that they had respectively carried out at some time prior for Him.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

The Women Who Guard the Prophet's Mosque

Mashal Abbasi | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Mashal Abbasi

They are called Mursheeda, "those who guide." They aren't just security guards; they are scholars of Islam, women with a purpose.

Ramadan Reflection Day 4: How to Be Truly Rich -- On Surat al'Adiyat Part 2

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those who missed my last reflection, I had started to discuss the profound impact the 100th chapter of the Quran, Al 'Adiyat, had on me. At a time when I felt quite isolated and confused, I found solace in it like I had never found in the Qur'an before and it helped me to read the Quran in an entirely different way. It helped me to understand the human condition, my own condition, in a deeper way.

Ramadan Reflection Day #1: #CharlestonShooting -- Healing Requires Admitting We're Sick

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

A failure to acknowledge and deal with illness doesn't mean that it's not there. I can pretend like I'm not sick, but my body will let me know otherwise. We can pretend like our society is not in pain and in need of healing, but atrocities like Charleston will let us know otherwise.

9 Things You Should Know About the Women's Mosque of America -- and Muslim Women in General

M. Hasna Maznavi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
M. Hasna Maznavi

Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men.

Free Speech Is a Stupid Reason to Draw the Prophet Muhammad

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

When you continually and overtly belittle people for being who they are, eventually some of the people in these groups will respond violently. Is the answer to their violence really to be more offensive?

The Price I Pay For Respecting Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Studying Islam has come at a price. Old friends see me as a traitor; family members see me as "strange," and Muslims see me as someone who will never be good enough. These developments make me think deeply about the issues of loyalty, love, and knowledge.

Pamela Geller and the Professional Islamophobia Business

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

If we are at war, it's not a war against Islam. It's a war against hatred in all its forms, including anti-Muslim hatred. We cannot win this war by returning hate for hate, as Angelou so wisely noted. We must fight this war by employing our most powerful weapons: empathy, hospitality, and acceptance of religious diversity.

Vatican Newspaper: Muhammad Cartoons Pour 'Gasoline On The Fire'

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as “blasphemous” but also con...

Muslims React To Garland Shooting With Strong Condemnation Of Violence

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion

Muslims are encouraged not to draw images of the Prophet. While the Quran doesn't explicitly prohibit images of Muhammed, the issue is mentioned in t...

Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad Followed "The Golden Rule"

Craig Considine | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Christianity and Islam are often painted as mortal enemies that will be forever fighting in a war for religious supremacy. Christians and Muslims would be wise to remember that Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad are kindred spirits.

This Response To An Islamophobic Demonstrator Is Totally Perfect

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

When an anti-Muslim demonstrator stationed herself outside the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor IN Michigan last week, a member of the congregation decided...