Charlie Hebdo, Muslim Condemnation and Owning Our Problems

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By Usman Ahmad Islam is once again under the spotlight for its supposed role in the recent Charlie Hebdo killings, sparking more calls for Muslim condemnation and a fierce discussion on the limits of freedom of speech. The British Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles has made his own entry into the debate with a letter sent [Read More...]

Charlie Hebdo, Boko Haram and Three Uncomfortable Questions

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  By Ahmed Rehab I have three uncomfortable questions that I apologize for asking, but would owe a greater apology if I didn’t:1. 2,000 currently feared dead in unprecedented Boko Haram terrorist carnage in Northern Nigeria this week. Two thoursand. No round the clock coverage on CNN or other networks. After all, the victims are [Read More...]

The Other Side of My Window – on Peace and Compassion in the New Year

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  (Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Best Practices for Peace in 2015. Read other perspectives here.) By Deonna Kelli Sayed 1. Quyen wants a wife. He comes in twice a month for his antipsychotic shot, the one he feels will make it impossible for a woman to love him, the shot [Read More...]

Prayer for Children in a Time of Sadness

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By Afeefa Syeed I begin with the name of God. The Spirit who lives through many Teachers through the ages.  The God whose everlasting compassion and never ending mercy are the saving grace of all humanity. God who is the source of Peace and Perfection. God who is the Protector. God who is Just. As [Read More...]

Sexual Violence in the Muslim Community – Creating Safe, Resourceful Communities

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By Nadiah Mohajir #Act4Survivors The recent news of sexual violence in the Muslim community has sparked much conversation around sexual violence, and what we as a community can do to address it and effectively support our survivors. Allegations against an Islamic school teacher in Florida and a substitute teacher in New Jersey along with emerging allegations [Read More...]

The Role of Imams in the American Muslim Community – A Growing Crisis

By Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez Since my departure from the SALAM Center a few weeks ago, the chatter has been deafening in the community about the role of the Imam and the expectations the Muslim community should have of him. This new found free time has allowed me to engage in some deep rumination about my [Read More...]


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