Today, over 400,000 American Muslims constituents across the State of Florida are fighting a decisive battle against ignorance, intolerance and indifference in the Florida State Legislature. Sen. Hays has placed a special burden on our legislators to negotiate complex issues brought on by SB 864.
A four-month hunger strike, mass force-feedings, and widespread media coverage have at last brought Guantanamo back into American consciousness. Still unnoticed and out of the news, however, is a comparable situation in the U.S. itself.
We don't have any official confirmation yet whether or not the two brothers who Boston Marathon bombers are Muslim or not. There are many reports, though, and already anti-Muslim statements are being made. Today I am praying for my Muslim friends. Because I know they are afraid.
Often, when Muslims in the U.S. reference "the community," they are alluding to fellow co-religionists. Perhaps there is a silver lining to the anti-Muslim hate ads: an opportunity to redefine the traditional parameters of that reference to encompass so many more.
Each of us can decide whether we will feed conflict or feed peace. As Americans, we can play the role of bridge-builder, innovator, bringing together parties in conflict -- to listen to the pain and grief that are embedded in stories currently in circulation.
Citizenship in this country and the promise to follow its laws is a contract under Islam; therefore, following the laws of the country we live in is a religious mandate for Muslims. So just watch us vote.
To me, Obama's address to the UN General Assembly was one of his better speeches, ranking alongside his momentous and historic address at the University of Cairo, in the early months of his presidency.
We need to leave off the "savage" language and the mindset that is behind it. Instead Americans need to double down on the strength of our country which is our commitment to pluralism and respect of the other.
As the nation mourns for the thousands of victims who perished on 9/11, I am compelled to also mourn for the loss of humanity as the terrorists slowly but surely succeed in sowing the seeds of discord and malice within our nation and around the world.