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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!”
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.
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
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.
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.
Why, when most people think of terrorists, do they assume Ahmed, Mohammed, and Nader and not Aaron, Michael, or Nathan? Not every terrorist is of Arab descent or even a Muslim, but to many people in America, if you have a foreign sounding name that could be Middle Eastern, you are automatically thought of as being a “potential terrorist.” Too many Americans continue to perceive Arabs and/or Muslims as terrorists, therefore causing severe injustice to the entire group.
By Maryam Arain
I will never forget the first time I saw a performance of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. My sister had invited my entire family to see her participate in her college’s rendition of the critically acclaimed play. I left the performance feeling invigorated, empowered and inspired, completely ignoring all of the many legitimate criticisms that my pious Muslim mother attempted to bring my attention to at the time.
America is supposed to be the land of the free, home of the brave, where dreams come true, and where religion can be practiced openly. If only those words were true.
How is it possible to be free and brave when society is too afraid to let you? One would think religion would be one of those topics where the decision to practice is personal.For Muslims this is not true, more precisely Muslim women who choose to dress modestly and wear a hijab (headscarf).
On the night of Friday, February 1st, 2013—while watching CNN—I witnessed two men of some prominence disgrace themselves on national television, and the worst part about the whole affair was that neither of them appeared to realize what he was doing.