These tips or suggestions aren't meant to tell faith communities what and what not to do, but Islamophobia, hate, racism, and bigotry cannot be overcome by the Muslim American community itself. We need allies and we need friends to overcome these societal ills.
The issue is not religious zeal. The issue is for what are we zealous. The problem in the above cases is not the certainty, it's the link to violence. One can be zealous without being violent.
On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.
If we're going to talk about self-radicalized shooters, and it's unfortunate that we increasingly have to, we need to be egalitarian, and identify as "self-radicalized" all those disconnected individuals who commit mass murder in the name of Christianity, Islam, white power or any other ideology or creed.
This past week I've been celebrating a holiday that commemorates the unlikely survival of a people and a culture in the face of attempted eradication....
I am frightened, but courage is acting in the face of fear. I've named my fears and refuse to let them blind me. I will not be swayed by fear-mongering leaders and their cheering followers who seek to further divide our nation based on stereotypes.
My 1-year-old niece, Zaynab, is a serious threat to any inanimate object that has the capacity of being moved and relocated. She just learned how to walk, so now she's overly excited about it and her mind moves faster than her body.
For religious people, of all sorts, prayer is doing something. We do believe that God can intervene, to comfort the hurting and even to energize ourselves and others for right action.
There is much we cannot know this far from Election Day. Yet there is at least one, perhaps surprising, certainty: the 2016 presidential race will be as faith-based as any in American history.
I have jokingly called myself a "bad Muslim" in the past on account of all of this, but that stops today. If only to check the true infidels -- that is, the enemies of peace, truth, love, and therefore, the enemies of the Islam I know and hold so dear -- I cannot continue to make this joke.
To begin with, we were just making a silly video - a little cheeky, maybe even a little political - but mainly, we thought it would be funny to dres...
Perhaps the greatest failure of the modern church has been its inability to portray the biblical view of freedom or liberation.
Let's pray God will open our minds to solutions and our hearts to those in need. Let's pray for peace and healing. Let's pray God will give us the courage to act, and the wisdom to know when to speak and when to sew our mouths shut.
The call to welcome the refugee is practically an essential tenant of Christianity, and yet after the Paris terrorists attacks, many Christians are calling to halt our (already paltry) resettlement of Syrian refugees.
If the people of France want to be safe within their borders, rather than build walls, or barriers to immigration, they must build bridges. France must create a future for their minorities, and live up to the constitutional promises of freedom of religion and assembly.
Salt Lake City has long been a blue island in a deeply red sea. And the city has become an especially welcome home to the LGBT community, even as Utah remains a stronghold of social and religious conservatism.