Archive for the ‘Activism & Civil Rights’ category

Human Encounters, Perception and the Muslim Response

Several years ago my wife had a series of phone conversations with a reporter from a local news agency. They had a couple of nice conversations and agreed on a time to meet and do an interview for the TV station. We drove to the station and when we arrived the receptionist looked surprised that […]

The Ummah’s Victory Starts with YOU

One day, a group of people were sitting around and talking about the problems of the Ummah.  They began raging about the lack of women’s roles within specific communities, the “backwards” ways that people often behave and the general desperate situation of the Muslims. One woman then shared her analysis, “It’s because of people from […]

The Essentials for Muslim Activists

The Role of Muslim Students

Sign the Petition: Condemn the Gaza Flotilla Massacre

Update: Petition is closed and signatures have been sent to the White House! Last night, the Israeli Army attacked a convoy of ships destined to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. The six boats included over 600 peace activists from over 50 nations and 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid. In the aftermath of […]

Mariam Gave Herself to the Da`wah

What Would Mariam Do? Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV When we think about Mariam (alayha sallatu wa sallam – may Allah send His peace and blessings on her), how often do we associate her role with the da`wah of Islam? Do we realize how much she cared about her people […]

No Experience is Worth Wasting

When Salah al-Din was fighting the Crusaders, one of the longest and most difficult battles was the siege of `Akka (Acre). About 3000 of Salah al-Din’s soldiers, under the command of Baha’ al-Din Qaraqush, were under siege from the Crusaders. In defense, Salah al-Din surrounded the Crusaders around the city, forcing them to fight two […]

Remember Malcolm X: Passing on his Legacy

Today marks the day Malcolm X (rahimahullah – may Allah have mercy on him) was assassinated on February 21, 1965 in New York. by Reem Rahman Know the true meaning of Malcolm X, and you cannot help but be moved. You cannot help but stand up taller and aim to live with greater courage, committed […]

Remembering MLK

by Haris Tarin Keeping the Legacy of Dr. King Alive “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each generation of Americans have been faced with challenges, which have tested […]

Zakat and Social Justice by Amira Murphy

By Amirah Murphy One of the Quran’s major themes is social justice for those whom society disadvantages and compassion for the vulnerable. God says in the Quran: As for the believing men and the believing women—all [of them] are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. Moreover, they […]

San Jose Young Professionals Distributed Food to the Poor Today

By Musa Maguire, Director of Community Relations, MA’RUF What is American Islam? There is a lot of talk and enthusiasm these days about “American Islam”. As Muslim communities take root in the United States and confront unprecedented social, political, and cultural realities, we are faced with difficult decisions about how to define our identity and practice […]

Imam Jamil al-Amin in 23 Hour Lockdown

My father, Imam Jamil Al-Amin aka H. Rap Brown, was under 23 hour lockdown in the super max prison in Colorado until recently when he was placed in the hole. He was stripped searched, his Quran and all other personal belongings were seized and he has been placed in a cell with no bed, no […]

Muslim’s Civic Responsibility

- By Rep. Keith Ellison      

Sharif Abdur Rahim Retires: May Allah Reward you Akhi for Setting an Excellent Example

“He has had an exemplary career as a player and citizen,” said Geoff Petrie, the Kings’ president of basketball operations. “It is unfortunate for any productive career to be felled by injury. However, no one can ever doubt Shareef’s effort, commitment or desire to excel.”

Racisim: Islam is the Cure

Speech by Imam Siraj Wahaj

The Siraj Wahaj Story: How One Community Wiped Out Gangs and Drugs

Winning the accolades of local law enforcement as well as the Mayor. Imam Siraj is a true American hero. Instead of leaving children behind, Imam Siraj’s community got in the trenches and served others.

Sami al-Arian is Dying!

as-salaam alaykum: I wanted to write to you about something very important and urgent. Some of you may know about the high-profile Palestinian Muslim detainee in America, Sami al-Arian. For those who don’t, there is a succint review of his story at the end of this email.* After five years of confinement under inhumane conditions, […]

Manning Marable on “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”

Interview by Amy Goodman | Democracy Now AMY GOODMAN: Today, we spend the our with Professor Manning Marable and hear more clips of Malcolm X. Professor Marable, one of the leading experts on the life and legacy of Malcolm X, a professor at Columbia University, close to completing an important new biography called Malcolm X: […]