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An Honest Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Qasim Rashid | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

You've likely heard the old saying, "You can't wake up someone pretending to be asleep." This thoughtful proverb crossed my mind as I read new atheist Ali Rizvi's letter, which I can only assume is addressed you and I.

The Golden Journey To Samarkand

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 10.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

The poem "The Golden Journey to Samarkand," by James Elroy Flecker, has no doubt launched countless journeys to the ancient Silk Road city in southern Uzbekistan.

Answering 7 Charges of Animal Cruelty Against Muslims

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Animals do feel the pain and we don't deny that. But the Prophet's intent was "...to cause as little pain as possible." Since affording Muslims will be sacrificing an animal on Eid-ul-Adha this weekend, it's time to answer the top seven charges of animal cruelty against them.

Why Do We Poke Each Other in the Heart?

Ari Andersen | Posted 10.02.2014 | Religion
Ari Andersen

Look at the lengths to which people have gone to force their version of reality onto others in the name of this thing we call God. Think about all the religious wars that have taken place in human history, the degree to which we have made each other suffer because we find it unacceptable that two different versions of the same thing can exist.

Two Islams -- The Mangled-up and the Pristine

Mike Ghouse | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

To be a Muslim is to be a peace-maker who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity.

Can We Preserve Religious Freedom and Diversity as Muslims Fight Muslims?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

In the turmoil of our world, what's at stake? Religious freedom. What's required? Religious tolerance.

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.

A Muslim Reflection on Global Crisis

Amaar Ahmad | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Amaar Ahmad

The message that "let not the enmity of a people incite you to act other than with justice" is the only true means of uniting nations.

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.

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.

A Final Ramadan Reflection

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these remaining few hours or Ramadan, do your best to spend a little bit of time with yourself and look inside your heart to see what are you carrying with you as you leave this month. Each of you has so much to share with this world.

A Muslim's Ramadan Message to ISIS: You Don't Speak for Islam

Qasim Rashid | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

ISIS must be brought to justice for their crimes against Christians and all humanity. Whatever religion they claim -- it is not Islam.

Ramadan Reflection Day #20: Selfless Worship -- What Have I Done This Ramadan? (Video)

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I serve as a University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. Earlier today, I delivered a short sermon that I was recommended to share with you by some of my community members as today's reflection.

Ramadan Reflection Day 16: Small Acts, Big Impacts

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

It's remarkable at times how little it takes to make someone feel good and special. What would compel this brother to go the extra step and out of his way to do what he did? And, more importantly, would we do the same if the opportunity came in front of us?

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me-- two very different things.

Ramadan Reflection Day 11: 'I'm Just Here to Pray' -- A Woman's Story About Being in the Mosque

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

"'Sisters, your place is here,' he said pointing to the first floor oven, 'or the basement -- not anywhere else.' And just like that, he killed my Ramadan spirit."

Ramadan Reflection Day #6: Bringing Life Back Into Our Work/Life Balance

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Even though I don't probably do what most people do for a living, I was making the same mistakes that many people make in regards to how they prioritize their careers over themselves.

Ramadan Reflection Day #4: Mopping vs. Manliness -- You Don't Have to Be a Woman to Clean

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In a discussion with a few other men, the idea came up that women are "supposed" to be the ones that take care of the home and that's why they don't really do too much. Because Islam tells them not to. Our ability to do should not be stifled by a weak argument of whether we are obligated to do or not.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: The Problem With Conditional Compassion

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I empathize with the fact that others have suffered and have had hard experiences, but how does that makes sense that I, or anyone else, should suffer as well? Have we become so complacent in our dealing with pain and suffering that we are indifferent to its ongoing existence?

Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Ramadan Is Making Me 'Hangry'

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

One of the harder things to deal with in these first days of Ramadan is patience, both from people who are testing our patience and people who aren't doing anything necessarily, but we get bothered by them nonetheless.

Of Islam, Boko Haram and Sexual Slavery

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

The assertion that Islam did not necessitate marriage and permitted the rape of female "slaves" and captives is utterly baseless. Quite to the contrary, Islam broke the prevailing taboo regarding marriage with "slaves."

Celebrating Lailat Al Miraj

Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion

Lailat al Miraj is a Muslim holiday that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's nighttime journey from Mecca to the 'Farthest Mosque' in Jerusalem where ...

Boko Haram and Bill Maher Are Both Wrong

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

As smart and witty as Bill Maher is, he has a blind spot about religion in general and Islam in particular.

The Clusters of Light: An Oratorio About Islam

Teri Johnson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Teri Johnson

In late March 2014, I traveled to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to attend world's most elaborate oratorio about the story of Islam. This opening production was created to help change the world's negative perceptions of Islam by presenting its core values.

Don't Blame Islam for Boko Haram

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

End this sensationalism, please. Let's bring the filthy thugs of Boko Haram to justice, yesterday. And let's stop elevating their status by linking them to Islam in our headlines from tomorrow.