Archive for the ‘Domestic Affairs’ category

A Litmus Test for the All-American Muslim Community

By Imraan Siddiqi Talk to anyone in the Muslim-American community, and they are bound to give you a different take on TLC’s new, and now controversial show “All-American Muslim.”  Some say that the show hits the nail right on the head in its portrayal of the entire spectrum of Muslims – from ultra-liberal, to moderate […]

Boston Globe: With a New Imam, a New Outlook

By Omar Sacirbey | Boston Globe December 3rd, 2011 He grew up as a preacher’s grandson in Oklahoma, attending Church of Christ services twice a week, until the pull of Christianity started to weaken. His teen years were spent spinning hip-hop music as a DJ, but that world came to feel hollow. Then he found […]

Tensions at Cultural Crossroads

by Ali Shareef As the year 2011 passes its halfway mark, perhaps it is time to reflect on the events of the past 2 years.  Specifically, events that exposed a festering tension between two segments of the American population: Muslims and the rest of the U.S. citizenship. The year 2010 witnessed the hotly debated issue […]

Troy Davis and the American Muslim Press Release

By Dr. Suad Abdul Khabeer It’s been almost two months, yet 11:08 pm on September 21, 2011 will be a moment powerfully etched in the collective memories of many. In the last few months, weeks, and days that led to the execution of Troy Davis, it seemed that just about everyone was, finally, taking notice. […]

Dispatches from #OccupySF [Updated 12/4/11]

Davi Barker will be sharing his thoughts and experiences from #OccupySF. We invite readers to share their own experiences from similar #Occupy movements across the country. 12/2/2011 It’s time to acknowledge that the Occupy movement began as an anarchist movement. Adbusters, the magazine that started the ball rolling, describes itself as “anti-consumerist,” but it’s arguably […]

Irvine 11: Waiting for Victory

We can hardly get them off our minds. The whole world is watching today. And everyone is wondering, “What will happen to the brave men who spoke truth to power in Irvine?” What will go down in history about the students who gave a voice to the voiceless, and took a bullet in the process? […]

How to Help the Irvine 11

On February 8, 2010, in the immediate the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead where more than 1,400 Gazans were massacred, 11 students were arrested after peacefully protesting Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s speech at the University of California, Irvine. Ten of the 11 students are currently facing a criminal trial, which ends with closing arguments this […]

10th Anniversary of 9/11

The horrific violence that took place on September 11th 2001 spawned many negative – and a few positive – realities. Before going in to any discussion about it, let’s look at the facts: The major negative effects of 9/11 were: The murder of 3,000-plus innocent people, whose “crime” was going to work to support their […]

Twenty Years in September

My Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 I woke up. Everything was spinning. The fading blue sky was spinning over my head as the sun had just begun to set in September 1991. Where am I? I was sleeping in the backseat of my friend’s Jeep Cherokee going north on I-45 from Galveston, TX. We […]

Five Ways to Green your Ramadan

By Muaz Nasir “And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, “Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority.”  (Quran 2:30) In Ramadan, there are five simple ways you can make this month more environmentally-friendly. All of these suggestions set the foundation for green habits that can be implemented year-round. 1. Eliminate […]

Confronting Islamophobia

This was a joint session at the UK Islamophobia Conference in Birmingham April 2011. Muslema Purmul: “Islamophobia Within” Jamaal Diwan: “Dealing with Islamophobes” Abdel Rahman Mussa “What is Shariah”

“Can a Muslim Ever Become President?”

By Imraan Siddiqi I was talking to my 4-year old child the other day, and asked him a simple question:  “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  His innocent, yet ambitious response was:  “A baseball player, soccer player, doctor, hafiz (one who memorizes the entire Qur’an) and an elevator-man” –  He is obsessed with pressing the […]

From Sh. Bin Bayyah to the American Muslim

In a video message for an Islamic Conference, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah addresses American Muslims.  

LA Times: Imam teaches Islam with a distinct U.S. style

By Raja Abdulrahim | Los Angeles Times May 27, 2011 At the pulpit of an inner-city Chicago mosque, the tall blond imam begins preaching in his customary fashion, touching on the Los Angeles Lakers victory the night before, his own gang involvement as a teenager, a TV soap opera and then the Day of Judgment. […]

When Did Islam Trademark Terrorism?

The False Perception First, the accusation was: “All Muslims are terrorists.” When the bigots who made this statement realized no one in their right mind would believe that all 1.6 billion Muslims in the world could be terrorists, they reversed their statement to sound more objective and fair: “All Muslims may not be terrorists, but […]

What is Shariah Law?

In light of recent political debates about Shari`ah in America, Osman Umarji explained what Shari`ah law is during a friday sermon at the Islamic Center of Irvine on March 25, 2011.

Thoughts on Burn-a-Qur’an Day

We are reposting this article in response to the recent burning of the Qur’an by Pastor Terry Jones. On September 11th 2010, the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida was due to host ‘Burn a Qur’an day’, which seems to have been called off – for now. The Pastor responsible for the event explained his […]

Revolutionary Thoughts

  “The fact is that God will not change the reality of a people until they change themselves.” It is apparent to anyone who keeps up with world news these days that Muslims are standing up against oppression and tyranny. During my stay in Egypt, I can remember secretly conversing with some good friends I […]

Avoiding the Shutdown

In light of the potential government shutdown, Imam Suhaib Webb discusses the importance of introspection and avoiding a shutdown of the soul. In his friday sermon, he mentions how to avoid the diseases of the heart.

Immediate Reflections CNN’s “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door”

By Imraan Siddiqi The CNN Special “Unwelcome – The Muslims Next Door” premiered a few days ago and is one of the highest profile pieces in mainstream media regarding Islamophobia. At first, I was sort of squeamish about tuning into the program, because even though we have become adept at reading endless emails, columns, and talk […]