Tag Archives: Islam
Reza Aslan, Middle East Commentator for NPR, Muslim Affairs Analyst, and author of “No god but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam” spoke at Elmhurst College on February 14 about his most recent book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”. The lecture was six months after his book was published and after his infamous interview with Fox News anchor Lauren (“You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”) Green. His answer to her and to all the conservative pundits was “I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament, and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim.” So how has Aslan’s message changed after six months of interviews and lectures?
Chicago Monitor Editor Agnieszka Karoluk interviewed Qasim Rashid about his 2013 book, “The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution and Perseverance”. The Wrong Kind of Muslim is the first book of its kind. It relates these untold accounts of persecution and torture, directly from those living and dying under Pakistan’s oppressive regimes. This book gives voice to their forced silence. A silence which, if broken, is punishable with arrest, fine, or death.
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.