Archive for the ‘International Affairs’ category

Fort Hood Has Enough Victims

By Wajahat Ali Whatever was in the mind of alleged shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan, there is no reason to question the loyalty of Muslim Americans After an American soldier’s tragic outburst of violence at Fort Hood, Texas – the army’s largest US post, with some 40,000 troops – dominates the headlines, a fear-mongering hysteria […]

Court Reverses Decision to Bar Swiss Muslim Scholar

By Benjamin Weiser A federal appeals court in Manhattan on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that had allowed the government to bar a prominent Muslim scholar from entering the United States in 2004 on grounds he had contributed to a charity that had connections to terrorism. Court Ruling The scholar, Tariq Ramadan, 46, a Swiss […]

A Window into Xinjiang

Asalamu alaykum, I had dinner the other night with 20 Imams from China. While the expressed great hope for the areas of China they live in, there was great concern and fear for the Muslims of Xinjang. May Allah protect them. Suhaib

The Headscarf and Sacrifice

by Kate Connolly and Jack Shenker Some thousands of Egyptians surround the coffin of 32-year old pregnant Egyptian woman Marwa el-Sherbini, Monday July 6, 2009, who was stabbed by a German man in a courtroom in eastern Germany last week, during her funeral in Alexandria, Egypt. The woman was to testify against the man in court after […]

Russell [Rush] Simmons On Obama’s Speech

By Russel Simmons I was brought to tears by the president’s simple, but truthful approach to building a bridge with the Muslim world. This is the real way to fight terrorism, through open and honest dialogue, where we promote love and destroy hate. We are now witnessing the front line of the battle. The battle for […]

On Obama’s Speech by Sh. Ali Guma Grand Mufti of Egypt

By Dr. `Ali Gom`a | Translated by Sr. Marwa I listened to the well-prepared speech of the US President Barack Obama in Cairo University last Thursday.  In fact, it is a good start of the mutual relationships between the Muslim World and the United States.  In his speech, President Obama referred to civilization’s debt to […]

Scholar’s Thoughts on Obama’s visit

Asalamu alaykum: The last few weeks have been nothing short of a hurricane for me. Ask anyone who knows me and the word that seems to follow me is “exams.” It is exam season and I have had very little time to catch my breath. However, over the last few weeks I was able to […]

Obama’s Egypt Speech: What He Should Say to the Muslim World Middle East, Arab-Israeli Relations, Human Rights, Diplomacy, Islamic World Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World The Brookings Institution

On June 4, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver what is being billed as a “major speech to the Muslim world” in Cairo, Egypt. The speech comes at a particularly tense moment in the relationship between the United States and the world’s approximately 1.3 billion Muslims, as the latter wait to see how the […]

The Fall Out Of Hijra: The Fallacy Of The Hijra Fatwa Strikes Back At Our People

By Kitty Caparella SAYFULLAAH Al-Amriykiy was reeling after he read a Daily News story last August about Nasir Daymar Gould, a 30-year-old West Philadelphia native, and five other U.S. citizens locked up for two months in a Yemeni prison. “I knew exactly what he was going through,” said Al-Amriykiy, 53, a world-renowned jujitsu grand master. […]

Coming Home to Israeli Genocide

Another War, Another Defeat

The Gaza offensive has succeeded in punishing the Palestinians but not in making Israel more secure By John J. Mearsheimer Courtesy of The American Conservative Israelis and their American supporters claim that Israel learned its lessons well from the disastrous 2006 Lebanon war and has devised a winning strategy for the present war against Hamas. […]

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Venezuela expels Israel envoy over Gaza attacks

Recasts with ambassador expulsion, adds Chavez, quote, background) CARACAS, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Venezuela expelled the ambassador to Israel on Tuesday in protest over the offensive in Gaza only hours after leftist President Hugo Chavez called the attacks a Palestinian “holocaust.” The socialist Chavez, a harsh critic of Israel and the United States, in recent […]

In the name of the Palestinians

By Tariq Ramadan Originally published at Tariq Ramadan Startling—and stomach turning : where Palestinians are involved, memory and sense of proportion fail us. The Jewish conscience, justifiably, has long called upon the world’s powers and upon their citizens to remain vigilant, never to forget -in the name of “the duty of memory”- the atrocities, massacres and […]

How To Help Gaza in 48 Hours

wa salatu wa salam ‘ala sayyidina Muhammad salAllahu alayhi wa sallama as Salamu alaykum wa RahmatuAllahi wa Barakatahu, Here’s the plan for the next 48 hours. With Allah’s Help, inshaAllah we can all make an enormous difference in a short amount of time.


By Wasif Khan It was a hot summer’s day inside the university’s common room, but the temperature outside was well below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Vague memories of the time I spent 10 years ago still linger in my mind. Why did I call this cold day a hot summer’s day? Because I was on a […]

Interview with Norman Finkelstein by

by Wajahat Ali Originally published at Goat Milk blog Wajahat Ali speaks to American political scientist and writer Dr. Norman Finkelstein about the denial of his tenure at DePaul University, anti-Semitism, and challenging the academic status quo on the Palestine-Israel conflict. WAJAHAT ALI: In the recent DePaul University tenure controversy, you and a vocal community […]