Hesham Hassaballa

Hesham Hassaballa
Hesham is a Chicago doctor and writer. He is a Beliefnet columnist, and he has a blog on Chicago Now. His latest book is Noble Brother: The Story of the Last Prophet in Poetry, which is now in its second edition. He currently serves on the CAIR-Chicago board. Read his writings at www.drhassaballa.com

Muslims are no more terrorists than Chicagoans are violent

As of today, there have been 940 shooting victims in the city of Chicago. Last year, there were 2185 victims of gun violence. Combined, that is more victims than those who perished on 9/11, and that is only for about 18 months. Gun violence in the city has gotten so bad that, earlier this year, the city was nicknamed...

‘Islamic Jew-Hatred’: It’s NOT in the Quran

Pamella Geller has put up bus ads in Washington, D.C. that say: Islamic Jew-hatred: It’s in the Quran. Two-thirds of all US aid goes to Islamic countries. Stop racism. End all aid to Islamic countries. Her contention is flat-out wrong.In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate BelovedThe Quran is full of positive references to the Children of Israel and Jewish...

Can Muslims Ever be “Happy”?

 There has been considerable controversy over the "Happy British Muslims" video set to the song, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams. Although most have responded positively to the effort by a group called the "Honesty Policy",there has been no shortage of those, especially on social media, who have denounced it as "haram," or "forbidden."Leaving aside the fact that there is considerable evidence that listening to music is not forbidden in...

From Tragedy Comes Solidarity: “It Could Happen to Me”

It was a truly sad day in America. A long-time white supremacist, Frazier Glenn Miller, was arrested after allegedly opening fire and killing three people a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City on April 13, the eve of Passover. Unrepentant, he yelled "Heil Hitler" while in custody. My heart and prayers go out to the families of the victims.  Muslim groups stood by...

Not a Terrorist?

I first learned about the incident through a tweet from Boston-based journalist Omar Sacirbey: "Did you hear we caught a terrorist last week?" And I said to myself: "Why, no, I did not." In fact, most probably, much of the nation did not hear about the terrorist that was caught in the Houston area on March 27.Omar Sacirbey learned it...

The Problem with ‘Experts on Islam’

It really defies logic that people with clear anti-Muslim bias purport themselves as being "experts on Islam" and teach courses to law enforcement agencies about counter-terrorism. The latest of these is John Guandolo, who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "notorious Muslim-basher and conspiracy theorist."Yet, he is not the only one. Others include Sam Kharoba and...




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