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Islam in America

Building Bridges at the U.S. Embassy in London

Craig Considine | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed's "Journey into America," which I had the privilege of directing, documents our travels across the length and breadth of the U.S. If there is one person in the world today that could ease the conflict between America and the Muslim world, it is Amb. Ahmed.

Who Are You Calling A Jihadist?

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Jihad, Jihadi, jihadist, even -- most ridiculous of all -- counter-jihadist. These labels are used by laypeople and journalists alike, often using jihad as a synonym for "any violence undertaken by Muslims." So what does jihad really mean?

A Muslim Convention In A Church? You Better Believe It

Wardah Khalid | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

I commend All Saints Episcopal Church for standing their ground and opening up their doors and hearts to their Muslim neighbors. I pray that one day we, too, can do the same for them.

Muslim Libertarians Fight Islamophobia In A New Way

Javed Ali | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Javed Ali

Bias hurts both the general public and specific communities. The American Muslim community, in particular, has been exploring new ways of addressing Islamophobia -- the irrational fear of Muslims.

An Interfaith Advent

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Join us in lighting a Candle of Hope that people of faith not only can but will stand together against polemic and polarization by focusing instead on the mobilization of God's values of love, justice and compassion.

Muslim Scholar Wins Prestigious Award

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 11.30.2012 | Religion

(RNS) For the first time, the University of Louisville's prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion, a $100,000 cash prize, will go to a female Muslim s...

Our History Of Religious Intolerance Must Come To An End

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

We have a moral duty -- as both people of faith and Americans -- to take a stand for religious liberty and to make space for the Muslim-American identity to grow and prosper. Indeed, we will fail the guiding principles of this nation if we do not.

U.S. Dominates List Of World's '500 Most Influential Muslims'

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 11.29.2012 | Religion

(RNS) There are more Muslims from America than any other country on this year's "The Muslim 500: The World's 500 Most Influential Muslims," compiled b...

Violent Acts Leave Some Thankful For Their Lives

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Some of our neighbors are grateful just to be alive -- not because of natural disasters but because of members of their community. Two incidents of violence, one extreme, were perpetrated at houses of worship in recent days.

Misapprehending Muslims And The Media's Misinformation

Hasan Azad | Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion
Hasan Azad

What does it mean for an average, middle-aged lady from Texas to embrace a Sikh man, and at the same time declare Muslims to be hell-bent on taking over America with "Siran"?

Muslim Americans: Into The Salad Bowl Or Just The Melting Pot?

Ruwa Alhayek | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Ruwa Alhayek

Will the Muslim American community be a force to be reckoned with? One that speaks truth to power? Or will we merely speak to defy an authority and submit to another which suits our taste?

Tennessee Muslims Instrumental In Getting The Vote Out

Common Ground News Service | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Common Ground News Service

I am in awe at how motivated and determined Muslim communities are to make an informed decision during this political season. Voting, in our community, is an opportunity to improve the future, a future in which Muslims will be seen as an intricate part of the American fabric.

Reflecting On Today's Election In The 2030s And '40s

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Reflecting on today's presidential election decades later, I believe many Democrats and Republicans who were actively involved in 2012 elections will be highly ashamed of what has been said of the American-Muslim community during this critical election.

Sultans Of Satire Aims To Bridge Gaps With Muslims, Arabs Through Comedy

Religion News Service | Megan Sweas | Posted 11.04.2012 | Religion

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Unshaven and wearing a black hoodie and cap, Omar Elba looked out from the lectern, surrounded by a gold cross and organ pipes. "Mos...

How Would The Prophet Muhammad Vote? You Might Be Surprised

Sarah Moawad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sarah Moawad

We've heard plenty about the "threat of sharia" to American culture, but noting about how Muḥammad would vote the issues. What does Islamic law have to say about the federal deficit, tax-cuts, gay marriage and other hot-button issues?

What Would America's Founding Fathers Say About Islam?

Craig Considine | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Craig Considine

In today's seemingly divisive world, I cannot help but think of the values of America's Founding Fathers and their faith that America would always be a place that is open to people from all religious backgrounds.

Hajj And The Journey Of A Peacemaker

Najeeba Syeed-Miller | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Najeeba Syeed-Miller

Hajj calls upon our inner eye, the one that sees the spiritual worth of a person over the physical manifestation. Your beauty is found not in the physical aspects, but emanates from your capacity to exhibit kindness

Malcolm X's Hajj: An American Story

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 12.23.2012 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

One American's personal transformation through his Hajj experience changed the course of his personal history, and the history of his community, his country and beyond.

Obama Campaign, Ignore Muslim Americans At Your Peril

Kari Ansari | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Kari Ansari

For too many reasons to list here, Mitt Romney is not the candidate many Muslims will support. However, President Obama should not take our vote for granted. But before Rep. Bachmann gets out her witch-hunting gear, let me explain.

Writing My Own Narrative As A Muslim

Nasser Siadat | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Nasser Siadat

By entering the socio-political sphere, Muslim Americans are quickly becoming the authors of their own narrative.

America's Perception Of Muslims Needs To Change

Dr. Zahid Bukhari | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Dr. Zahid Bukhari

As violence proliferates abroad we must ask ourselves a question: How is this affecting the image of millions of Muslim Americans who live here in the U.S.?

A Possible Commuter Threat From Anti-Muslim Subway Ads

Mike Ghouse | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

If a nut case sees the innuendo loaded Jihadi ad in the subway, and sees a woman next to it, be it a Muslim, Sikh, Catholic, Hindu or other, he is tempted to hurt that woman, the woman can scream that she is not a Muslim. Do the nuts know any difference? What if she is a Muslim?

Open Mosque Day 2012

Megan Sweas | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Megan Sweas

Eleven years after 9/11, bigots continue to promote the idea that American Muslims plan to convert us all by sword and impose sharia, Islamic law, on America. But the Muslim American community has opened its doors. It's up to us to see where they may lead.

'One Film 9/11' Can Make A Difference

Craig Considine | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Craig Considine

We learned through "Innocence of Muslims" that one film can make a difference in the way Americans and Muslims perceive each other. Now is the time for another film to make a difference -- for the better.

NYU Fast-a-Thon: Fasting For Charity

Zain Memon | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Zain Memon

I've gained a strengthened sense of personal achievement, value and increased confidence because I succeeded in bringing a positive impact on communities in East Africa.