Tag Archives: Muslim

Framing Islam

Julian Burnside, Australian Lawyer and Human Rights Activist

By Renner Larson

Reporters hungered to cover Monday’s gripping standoff and continued to feast after the situation ended and #illridewith you became the talk of the town, but whether about the horror of a terrorist or the compassion of those who stood by innocent Muslims, these stories illustrate a dangerous flaw in how we define objectivity. The meaning of a picture is changed drastically by how you frame it.

A Muslim-American Take on “Serial”


By Lena Shareef

“Have you heard of this podcast called Serial?”

When three different people (with absolutely no connection to each other) asked me this question in the span of 48 hours, I figured it was time to give Serial a shot.

The Religion of Thanksgiving


By Remal Hindi

When people think of Thanksgiving, they think of how much food they will eat, the outfits they’ll wear, football, and of course, Black Friday. Despite its more superficial modern associations, the essence of Thanksgiving is universal, and has spiritual significance that reflects values of people from all faiths.

From Wonderland to Saudi: ‘Alice in Arabia’ Set to Air on ABC Family


By Samia Shameem

TWITTER–Yesterday, beginning at 1PM CST and continuing long after, tweets bearing the hashtag “#AliceInArabia” expressed dismay and weariness towards ABC Family‘s upcoming drama about Arabs and Muslims.

Alice in Arabia is the aspiring TV-drama written by ex-U.S. soldier Brooke Eikmeier. The plot follows an American teenage girl as she is abducted by her Saudi-Arabian grandfather and taken to Saudi Arabia, where she is imprisoned within his home. Wait, I thought Alice was in Wonderland…

Only Four Mosques for Moscow’s 2 Million Muslim Residents


By Alishba Malik

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin recently said he did not want any more mosques being built in his city, claiming it would attract more Muslims. Such open displays of Islamophobia have been echoed elsewhere in Russia and show a deep rooted problem in the city of Moscow, which currently has a Muslim population of two million residents.

February: A Month to Focus on the Hunger Strikes at Guantanamo

February 2014 marks the anniversary of the massive campaign of hunger strikes by Guantanamo Bay Detention Center detainees. People in Chicago will be holding several events in solidarity.

The power and catharsis of human chains


By Talha Fazal Ahmad

In spite of the recent church bombing in Peshawar’s historic All Saints’ church a little over two weeks ago that left over 85 dead and scores injured, relations between Muslims and Christians in Pakistan seem to remain strong.

A few days ago, between 200 and 300 Christians and Muslims formed a human chain outside St. Anthony’s Church in Lahore. The show of solidarity, organized by Pakistan For All, showcased signs bearing “One Nation, One Blood” and “No More Dialogue…Only Action!”

The science of fasting


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.

Defending “Those People”: A Catholic’s Perspective


By Claudia V. Bertacchi

For over a year now, I have worked at a civil rights organization based in Chicago that primarily serves Muslims, despite the fact that I am not a Muslim. Many people have asked me “Why do you work with Muslims? Why do you work to help them? Is there another civil rights organization you can work for? Why do you want to defend ‘those people’?” I have even been told that I should not help defend the rights of Muslims because they are a threat to our American way of life. What is more, I have heard of acts of discrimination against women who wear hijab (headscarf). If the Virgin Mary is always depicted wearing a headscarf, then how can anyone who claims to be a Christian discriminate against Muslim women who choose to wear it?

Well, let me tell you why it is not only my choice, but my obligation as an Italian American Catholic to defend “those people.”

A centuries-old Jihad: Women of the Abrahamic faith traditions strive for justice and fight sexism in religion


By Saleha Jabeen

Weeks before Easter Sunday of 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina was elected to be the 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, is the first non-European man to lead the Catholic Church- the world’s largest Christian denomination amounting to over 1.1 billion people and constituting about a sixth of the global population. Among the church’s faithful, there are over hundreds of thousands nuns and women laity throughout the world.