Archive for the ‘Domestic Affairs’ category

More than a Game: The Lesson of Michael Vick

By Yahya Buni I have been a lifelong fan of sports. It started as a kid when I played with my friends after school everyday. In those days, kids played out in the streets for hours without any adult supervision or worries. Video games were just catching on and my family could not afford one for […]

Embracing the Community

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Taking Charge of Muslim Women’s Health

In Light of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Sarah Jukaku As Muslims we know that modesty, both outward and inward, is an important part of our religion. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “Every faith has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty.” (Malik) But what does this mean when it comes to our interactions […]

Allah, Avatar and the Planet

Lecture by Haroon Moghul | in collaboration with ICNYU Podcast: Download (Duration: 26:59 — 25.9MB) More and more Americans and Westerners are suspicious of “organized religion”.  But Americans remain deeply spiritual, and continue to express a desire for a meaningful life of transcendence.  The environmental movement represents one such trend: Re-connecting with Mother Earth, seeing all life as part […]

A Call for Leadership

It was Ramadan in Jerusalem just after salah. The stone-walls and pathways spoke of deep, long histories of nations past; simply walking through the city brought to mind ancient conquests and childhood stories. As we passed through the crowds of people, a man yelled out to one of the vendors. The vendor was selling BBQ […]

The Western Muslim – Dr. Tariq Ramadan

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Challenges and Opportunities in American Mosques

In collaboration with ICNYU

Injustice Cannot Defeat Injustice

Why All Americans Should Want a Mosque in their Neighborhood

Every few weeks, it seems that another newspaper article appears with the frightful headline, “Community X Protests New Mosque, Council Grants Building Approval.” It seems that fear has gripped even the most sensible of us. A masjid (literally the “place of prostration” in Arabic, or “mosque” as they are known in English), has unjustifiably become […]

John Legend Supports the “Ground Zero Mosque”

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The Rand Report & Counter-terrorism in America

by Affad Shaikh The RAND Corporation is a think tank that recently released a paper entitled “Would-Be Warriors – Incidents of Jihadist Terrorist Radicalization in the United States since September 11, 2001.” For the past five years I have had the opportunity to watch law enforcement develop counter terrorism strategies, specifically in how it affects […]

Surviving Anger: The Asama Ayyad Story

By Rabi’a Mirhadian I was along for the ride so to speak.  My friend called me and said, “I have to go to see the family of this boy that was killed in Richmond, can you go with me?” I suppose even among Muslims there is strength in numbers, both of us being black, so […]

Octavia Nasr’s Twitter Disaster

“Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect.” That was the execrable tweet that has been hung around Octavia Nasr’s neck like a slain Twitter albatross, as CNN wasted little time in sacking her. After all, how on earth could anyone have expressed any condolences upon […]

Islamic Social Services and the Sakinah Healthy Marriage Initiative

An Interview with Dr. Aneesah Nadir Dr. Aneesah Nadir is a social worker, author, speaker, consultant, diversity trainer, mediator and marriage and family life educator, with a career that spans more than 30 years. Dr. Nadir obtained her Bachelor’s in Social Welfare from Adelphi University and her Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Social Work from Arizona […]

Living Islam in America

Cartoons and Comics – A Call to Maturity and Self-Determination

Notes on the Cartoon Controversy A Call To Maturity and Self-Determination So it’s happened again. They decided to republish the cartoons. Perhaps it is because they want to re-emphasize their opinions on the character and personality of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Maybe because they wish to provoke more reactionary Muslims into random acts of violence […]

Does The Hutaree Militia Represent Christianity? A Muslim Knows Better

Nine members of a Christian militia group, Hutaree, were charged Monday with plotting to kill a police officer and slaughter scores more with homemade bombs. According to the indictment, the actions were done in hopes of igniting an uprising against the U.S. government. News of this terror plot is likely to spark a great deal of […]

Virtual Pulpit: Net Mosques, Congregations & Imams – Talk by Imam Suhaib Webb

Virtual Pulpit: Net Mosques, Congregations & Imams Speech by Imam Suhaib Webb at the “Islam and Media” conference, held on March 8th, 2010 at UC Berkeley. This event was the second in a series organized by UC Berkeley’s Centers of South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East Studies in their year-long Islam Today program. This […]

It’s a Desert

“It’s a desert.” That’s how I always referred to the weather back home when explaining to  my American friends about the climate I grew up in. I thought that summed it up, and gave an accurate description of how sunny and intolerably hot it was most days of the year. One day while hanging out […]

In Remembrance of Sister Aminah Assilimi

by Jannah Sr. Aminah Assilmi died today in a sudden car accident. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji`un. She was 65 and had been ill a few years ago but had been doing much better recently. She died instantly I read. SubhanAllah, indeed it is true we do not know when or how any of […]