Our challenge to Zaytuna Institute, religious schools and imams of every mosques in America -- for once and for all: End the teaching of demonizing homosexuality in the name of Islam in your curriculums and your sermons.
I truly understand how "hating sin" feels like it could produce religious stability or moral certitude. It's imperative, however, that we acknowledge that the hatred of mankind -- our hatred -- is causing death, not life. It's producing separateness, not communion.
My eagerness to be desired, liked, validated and appreciated, was strong. But it also stood in the way of two very important relationships. The one with God and myself.
Because so few Americans personally know Muslims, media depictions of them as terrorists are especially potent, leading many to believe that all Muslims are terrorists.
As imam at Harvard University, I’ll admit that it’s been a new and sometimes uncomfortable feeling to tackle the LGBTQ issue, but it must be done.
How utterly pathetic that it took 49 lives slaughtered for me to pack up my "thank you for your point of view on why queer lives are not fully human" table and close shop.
Today, it is our obligation as a queer community to remember that islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia work together.
The LGBTQ community has been one of the foremost allies with Muslims in almost every sector. In some ways, we are indebted to their bravery and solidarity.
As a Mormon and a Christian, I would hate is always wrong. Love is always right.
Being Muslim in America is watching the country praise Muhammad Ali one day and an outpour of racist comments the next.
It's time to jettison the idea that America is at war with "radical Islamic terrorism." Islam is not America's enemy.
I will not pray for Orlando because the truth is that God has already answered our prayers. We're just not paying attention.
It has become so predictable that you can practically set your clock by it. I'm talking about the point after a national trauma when actual Christianity gets hijacked by someone spewing hate.
I hope the next time you hear a racist, sexist, Islamophobic remark you think about me, my family, and this story. I'm a member of your community and so are billions of others just like me. Let's move forward from fear and discomfort to a place of courage--together
I am convinced that the world will be a better place if only we practice various forms of empathy. This requires us to take it upon ourselves to research and learn about traditions and view points which are practiced and yet foreign to us.
The LDS church can be incredible for many people, I believe that. But I also believe that when you search your own heart and allow yourself to be one with the universe (or some may say the spirit) and something doesn't feel right, it isn't.
You love your son and you should. But love him enough to teach him to own the terrible decisions he's made, to pay the debt to society as prescribed, and then to find a redemptive path to walk, doing the great work in the world that you say he will.
Hena Khan, 42, an American Muslim author, thinks children's books and religious literacy might be a partial answer to increased Islamophobia.
Ramadan in the United States is not as dreary as some people may think. The Muslim diaspora here is large, and the ties between them grow stronger during Ramadan.