Anxiety and fear were palpable among American Muslims last week after the mass slaughter in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand: Would a violent attacker enter their mosque, too? But even in their moment of vulnerability, one lawmaker insisted Muslims were the “real cause of bloodshed.” Fraser Anning, a senator…Read More
In December Latino USA reporters Maryam Jameel and Michael Simon Johnson took a look at the fastest growing group in Islam in the United States—Latinos. Jameel and Johnson disucss the difficulties that come with being part of two groups that face continuous scrutiny for vastly different reasons. Latino USA’s episode “Muslim & Latino” focuses on the “history of Islam…Read More
altM’s Asma Uddin and Mariam Ahmed reflect in the Washington Post: “Where was I before God made me?” asks 4-year-old Eesa. Zaynab, 8, thinks Heaven will probably look like her Candyland game board: “The bushes will grow candy!” Eight-year-old Hamza wonders if God knows when he tells Mommy he’s too…Read More
Here’s a timely and compelling piece on gay marriage – partly touching on how religious organizations will be affected: “The First Amendment may make it unlikely that a church, say, would ever be coerced by law into performing same-sex wedding rites in its sanctuary. But religious organizations are also involved…Read More
Last year Amal Abuelhija launched Amelena Designs in New Jersey, a store that presents modern fashion trends through modest clothing items. She spoke with M Sadeel Allam about her venture. M. Sadeel Allam: Tell us about yourself and your background. Amal Abuelhija: I am originally from Palestine and I moved…Read More
“Sorry, we’re looking for a doctor.”
“We want someone from Pakistan, not India.”
“He is too dark.”
“We have a gut feeling that he is not the right person for you.”
Do these statements sound familiar?
If you are one of the many Muslims engaged in the marriage process, it is likely you have heard similar phrases from your parents or even the parents of possible suitors.
It’s almost been a year since Farah Pandith was appointed Special Representative to Muslim Communities by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The office, housed in the US State Department plays an important role in creating opportunities for people across varying opinions to engage in crucial dialogue. We sat down with Pandith to discuss the role she sees her office playing in connecting the Muslim community with each other and a broader audience, both aboard as well as in the US.Read More
It was reported yesterday that a Saudi court punished a 75-year old Syrian woman with 40 lashes, four months imprisonment, and deportation from the country. Her crime? Saudi’s morality police found her in her home with two unrelated men. The men claim they were there to deliver bread to the elderly woman.Read More