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    May 3, 2016 | By Hossam Gamea

    Obama’s Mic Drop Should Not Overshadow the Bombs He’s Dropped

    People like President Obama. He’s funny, charming, and very personable with his words, but he’s also a war criminal regardless of how hard he’s been trying to escape his legacy this past year. Larry Wilmore said it best at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner when he joked, “I saw you hanging out with NBA players…

  • March 16, 2016 | By Hossam Gamea

    American Exceptionalism: Baltimore Riots and the ISIS problem

    With the growing sense of desperation and fear that the media has done its best to exploit in creating a threat in ISIS towards U.S. citizens that largely doesn’t exist, the rhetoric from leading presidential candidates as well as media pundits has become one that echoes public discourse in the early years following post 9/11…

  • November 30, 2015 | By Khalilah Sabra

    Brutality at the Borders: Refugees from Violence to Violence

    On Friday evening, September 11, without any expectation of an outrageous reaction, I escort seven desperate refugees fleeing Europe to the U.S. Customs and Border at San Ysidro in California. I have little idea, prior to this decision, how much it will result in violence and total disregard of our group’s human rights. My principal motive…

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    November 14, 2015 | By Raja Abdulhaq

    Reflection on the #ParisAttacks: Motives and Consequences

    In the wake of the horrendous Paris Attacks, we must keep the following in mind: No arguments, whether Islamically or military-strategically driven, can legitimize these horrendous attacks. Mourning the victims of these attacks shouldn’t be confused with standing with France as an imperialist nation. France is one of the most monstrous colonial powers in the…

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    October 26, 2015 | By Khalilah Sabra

    The Feminist Divide: Rewriting the Boundaries

    For almost a decade and a half, Muslim women wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in the Western world have found themselves entrapped at the intersection of religious intolerance, the radicalized fundamentalism, and womanhood in very specific ways. In contrast to their male counterparts, Muslim women encounter extraordinary forms of discrimination not adequately addressed by Muslim civil…

  • September 11, 2015 | By Cyrus McGoldrick

    Never Forget

    14 years after 9/11 and the U.S. government is waging war on 7 countries publicly and many more secretly or through mercenaries, resulting in millions dead, millions injured, and millions displaced in what is nothing short of a Muslim holocaust… The U.S. government has assassinated thousands of human beings including at least 4 U.S. citizens…

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    August 10, 2015 | By Raja Abdulhaq

    Scholars of Corruption: How Some Scholars are Obstacles to the Mission of Islam

    Throughout Islamic history, and during times of trials and tribulations, true leaders emerge to fight for what Islam stands for, while other public figures and scholars surface as true obstacles to the mission of Islam. The role of the latter, better known as scholars of the Sultan, is critical for the continuation of oppression, injustice,…

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    July 28, 2015 | By Raja Abdulhaq

    A Black Mother’s Subway Conversation Puts Police Brutality in Perspective

    During my train commute to work this morning, two black mothers were discussing how their children are growing up so fast, and that led to discussing the urgency to “discipline them more.” Their reasoning was the fear of losing them to police officers’ bullets. “The cops are going crazy, they are killing women now. I…

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    July 27, 2015 | By Cyrus McGoldrick

    Meditation 1: The Journey

    Note: This is the first of a series of meditations by Cyrus McGoldrick on faith, politics, art, and more. As my eighth Ramadan recently came to a close (and may God accept everything we did for His sake), I found it important to reflect on my journey so far, in hopes that it may provide…

  • July 20, 2015 | By Cyrus McGoldrick

    The Banality of Condemnation: A Message to the Muslim Community in Light of the Chattanooga Attack

    Family and friends, sisters and brothers, respected scholars and leaders: I’ve been trying to stay out of this, but I cannot any longer, not while I see so many dear friends being swept up in the media frenzy. This may hurt some feelings, but one of my mentors told me of a saying of Imam…