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Islam in America

Alexander the Great through Jean Racine's eyes

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

It was no accident that the great Hellenist French dramatist of the 17th century studied and worked on Alexander! He is one of the unique writers and ...

Muslim Woman Asks Local Wisconsin Official About Buses, Gets Grilled About Sharia Law

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

For one city alderman in Wisconsin, it's perfectly appropriate to respond to a constituent question about city transit on Election Day by asking the c...

ISIS Is a Cult That Uses Terrorism: A Fresh New Strategy

Steven Hassan | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Steven Hassan

The good news, and I speak here as a former member of a totalistic group, is that the 'cult' word has finally leapt into the conversation about ISIS. But it does so in a way that barely scratches the surface of what makes ISIS a cult; what draws people to it; and how to stop them.

Violence Against Women

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

November 25 has been enacted and instituted by the United Nations Council as the Day against women's violence in remembrance of the Mirabal sisters wh...

The Silent Reason You're Not Hearing More From American Muslims

Saqib Rahim | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
Saqib Rahim

Muslims, like many other groups that have come to America, are in their immigrant infancy. They have yet to grow the deep roots -- in politics, in the media, in neighborhoods -- that would demystify them to the wider American culture.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

The Woman's Status in Islam

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

We cannot disregard the status of the native women who live as genuine "products" of their human oppression who effortlessly accept their degrading part not only because they are not aware of anything different.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

Who Are Muslim Americans?

Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion

The recently formed U.S. Council for Muslim Organizations is intended to represent and serve the American Muslim population, which numbers roughly 2.7...

IslAmerica: The Trials of Islamic Converts in The United States

Michele Moses | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion
Michele Moses

Converts to any faith seem increasingly abnormal as the United States gravitates farther away from religion. Yet the number of Muslims in the United States is increasing.

These Are The Faces Of Islam In America

Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts

In a gorgeous series titled "The Converts," photographer Claire Beckett captures portraits of the American men and women who have chosen to convert to...

What Are Christian Mystics Doing at a Mosque?

Kemal Argon | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
Kemal Argon

Over the last 20 years I have been inspired to ponder the benevolent potential of interfaith work when I have seen mystically oriented Christians and Muslims successfully dialoguing to show their goodwill.

Eid Mubarak!

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 12.17.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Tomorrow, 1.7 billion Muslims around the world will complete the four-day celebration of one of the two most important religious festivals in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Adha.

Only in America...

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

It has been an incredibly rewarding and humbling 10 years for the Anteplis. Only a decade later, that broke graduate student and his family have not only established themselves successfully and put their roots in this beautiful country, but more importantly, we feel more at home here in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world.

Governor Vetoes Anti-Shariah Bill

Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the seventh in the nation t...

Tony Blair Is Right About Islam

Khurram Dara | Posted 08.02.2013 | Religion
Khurram Dara

For the better part of the last 10 years, many Muslims in America have been searching for ways to change the image of Islam. But every time there is a terrorist attack committed by a Muslim, it sets back years of work by activists and decades of Muslim integration into American society.

How Can Interfaith Work Again?

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Rahfin Faruk

Since 9/11, two interesting effects have taken place in America. In response to growing anti-Muslim sentiment, a consortium of interfaith groups have ramped up their efforts to connect diverse religious communities. At the same time, anti-Muslim sentiment has increased.

Muslims In Massachusetts: Beyond The Boston Bombing Narrative

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Saleem H. Ali

As a Pakistani-American, I have sadly become a bit numb to terrorist attacks in Pakistan itself which are an almost routine news story. However, the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon hit me far more acutely.

Making A Farce Of A Faith: Where Do We Draw The Line?

Deanna Othman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Deanna Othman

Countless comedians have been branded as racist, misogynistic or homophobic, and as a result their careers have gone the way of the dinosaurs. So why is the lampoon of Muslims as terrorists acceptable?

A Challenge For The Media To Counter 'Burn The Quran Day'

Craig Considine | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Many people feel that the media plays a significant role in escalating tension between Americans and Muslims around the world. Giving coverage to One Film 9/11 is an opportunity for the media to prove their critics wrong.

Muslims Are Not Fighting The War You Think We're Fighting

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

Our Ummah was founded on love: love for Muhammad that made us follow him, love for each other that made us care for each other, and love for this world God gave us that made us strive for a better and more just world. However, love is the opposite of what we are known for now.

Muslim Leaders Need To Stand Up

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rahfin Faruk

The least I can do as an American Muslim is to stand and shout: I condemn those that turn to violence against innocents. I refuse to consider radicals to be good Muslims -- or Muslims at all.

Poll: U.S. Muslims More Moderate Than Muslims Worldwide

Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) Muslims in America are much less inclined to support suicide bombing than other Muslims abroad, and ...

American Female Converts To Islam Facing Growing Scrutiny

Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service BOSTON (RNS) When Karen Hunt Ahmed and her Muslim husband divorced four years ago, many friends asked her,...

The Boston Tragedy: American Muslims Could Play A Positive Role

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

The Boston bombing was a huge tragedy, but there could be a silver lining if we understand that Islam is a simple faith, open to new norms which enable it to make a positive contribution to the country in which it resides. It is up to us Muslims to make that happen.