Tag Archives: Islam
By Sarah Goomar
This summer, I was privileged enough to have interned at a non-profit called the Enough Project in Washington DC. The Enough Project is a human rights organization committed to documenting and combatting human rights abuses in Central Africa, namely in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My experience as a policy intern undoubtedly refined my research and writing skills, but perhaps more importantly helped me understand the importance of bearing witness and responding to mass atrocities around the world as a young Muslim activist.
Diana Cruz’s mother is Catholic, her father is Mormon, and she is Muslim.
Hearing her speak about the diversity of religious identities within her Puerto Rican and Mexican family makes it clear why she became the Director of Latino Outreach at the Institute of Islamic Information and Education (IIIE). Her story of being brought up within mixed identities harkens to the founding of IIIE in 1985 by the parents of Omar Ali who currently maintains the organization – his father Indian and his mother German and Swedish.
By Anzur Ismail
The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the five obligatory pillars of the Islamic faith and must be carried out once in a lifetime by every Muslim who has the physical and financial ability to do so. The number of people who attend the Hajj has increased exponentially with the passage of time. Last year, nearly 3 million Muslims performed the Hajj.
By Nadia Atassi
Every year, Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset for one month. This is done for many reasons, mostly religious, but there is also a practical aspect to fasting.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, a lunar-based calendar that Muslims use to observe religious holidays. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and its importance cannot be understated. For both spiritual and physical reasons, fasting is a significant part of every Muslim’s life, and more and more, science is proving how fasting is a good part of every diet.
By Nadia Atassi
Uneducated. Oppressed. Brainwashed. Slave.
Everyone has an opinion. Everyone thinks they are entitled to an opinion, no matter how wrong it is.
Freedom of speech is great, and I for one am a strong proponent of it, but there are some people who need to be reminded of the freedom not to speak- especially those people who voice opinions about Muslim women as if they were divinely chosen to represent every single Muslim woman in the world.
With one in one-hundred Americans imprisoned, the United States has the world’s highest rate of incarceration. There are approximately 1.6 million men and women behind bars. With the number of Muslims in the United States doubling to 2.6 million in the last decade, it is not surprising that the number of Muslims in prison is also on the rise.
By Amy Brabec
The iconic Great Mosque of Córdoba has gone by a different name for nearly 800 years: the Cathedral of Córdoba. This sacred space in Spain’s southern region of Andalusia has a tumultuous history, changing hands between the Christian and Muslim communities.
Over the past decade, Spanish Muslims have campaigned for the right to pray alongside Christians in the historic building.
By Amy Zaiter
Going out to eat, ordering in, and even grocery shopping for a home cooked meal are all things easily taken for granted by those without dietary restrictions. With so many different dietary restrictions today, it is unrealistic to expect restaurants and grocers to cater to everyone. It is, however, notably more difficult for many American Muslims to find halal meat options.
By Nadia Atassi
Sharia Law. The antithesis of good; the epitome of evil; the way of life that Muslims bring to the western world with the intention of undermining the democratic institution and beheading the infidels who dare to defy the Islamic way.
Or, the scapegoat used by every ignorant Islamophobe when something terrible and inexplicable happens, even when Sharia Law is completely irrelevant.
You don’t have to go far to find harmful stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs in the mainstream media. In fact, there is a name for those stereotypes—billionaires, bombers, and belly dancers—known as the “three B syndrome,” coined by Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, author of 100 Years of Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Stereotyping. In addition, these images have been excessively saturated over the years in American culture and media, especially in post-9/11 America. As Qumsiyeh explains, the U.S. needs a “demonstrable enemy who will not go away,” and Muslims and Arabs have consistently been that enemy.