• Leftist Attacks On Barron Trump Reminiscent Of Jihadi Virtue Signaling

    Leftist Attacks On Barron Trump Reminiscent Of Jihadi Virtue Signaling

    Originally Published with The Daily Wire The Left’s vicious attack on Barron Trump’s emotional reaction to a picture mocking his father’s beheading is not that different from the way Islamic extremists push children directly into the line of fire. While Americans from both sides of the divide came together to condemn the horrific mock visual of a […]

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  • How Egypt Faces the “Perfect Storm” for Islamic Extremism

    How Egypt Faces the “Perfect Storm” for Islamic Extremism

    Originally Published with Gatestone Institute For a Western audience, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a complex figure, who was shunned by the Obama administration. There appear truly pressing, immediate priorities in Egypt, such as developing the economy and combating the avalanche of extremist attempts to overthrow him. Among Middle East and North African territories, […]

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  • The World Needs to Drive Out Destructive Fantasies

    The World Needs to Drive Out Destructive Fantasies

    Originally published in Gatestone Institute The most iconic moment of President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East was not his “speech on Islam“; it was his visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Western Wall is a contested space, and that controversy has bled outside Israel’s borders. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently reignited the debate, […]

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  • Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

    Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

    Originally published in The Federalist President Trump understands the most direct path to change is to work in people’s self-interest, to cater to advancement through mutual gain — a strategy that also won him the election.   President Trump embarked on an iconic first foreign tour this weekend to the Middle East that started with […]

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  • The American Muslims You Don’t See

    The American Muslims You Don’t See

    Originally published with America Matters On First 100 Days, Fox News host Martha MacCallum brought together 8 diverse Muslims as part of a larger 22 member panel to talk about President Trump’s temporary travel ban. While the panel was passionate, the pre and post show dialogue reflected a softer side of American Muslims that often […]

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  • Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

    Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

    Originally published in The Federalist A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy. That hypocrisy shadows activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March Linda Sarsour. In the past Sarsour has railed against women spotlighting misogyny in the Muslim world. […]

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  • The Sweet Confinement of Your Aloneness

    The Sweet Confinement of Your Aloneness

    Originally published with On Being. There are times when you find yourself completely surrendered to the power of a moment. David Whyte’s voice filled the air one morning, as wave after wave of sound was the siren song turning my head. This was one of those moments. I plunged into the abyss of his words. And in […]

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  • FGM Silences a Woman’s Most Primal Voice

    FGM Silences a Woman’s Most Primal Voice

    Originally published in the NYT Women in the World Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the horrific act of cutting off a young girl’s clitoris. Often seen as a humanitarian and women’s rights crisis in third-world countries, FGM hit home in the United States recently when an American-born Muslim doctor was arrested and charged with committing FGM on two girls. […]

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  • “Kafir” Poem by Salman Haider

    “Kafir” Poem by Salman Haider

    “Kafir” is one of the most stunning pieces of poetry, penned by Salman Haider. Kafir is a provocative and controversial term in Islam, meaning someone who knows the truth but rejects it; someone who covers up the truth. It is also a widely used term exploited to create division between Muslims and non-Muslims. Haider was one […]

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  • New Zealand: First River in the World to be Given Legal Human Status

    New Zealand: First River in the World to be Given Legal Human Status

    Humanity evolves when we broaden our understanding of what it means to be alive. What does it mean to be sentient, conscious, and alive? Making life about more than just ourselves is an important key step in elevating human consciousness and also getting people to care about conservation and resource protection.   New Zealand took a […]

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  • Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

    Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

    Muslim darling Noor Tagouri made headlines last month when she featured in Playboy’s “Renegades of 2016” series about game changers who redefine how we think about the world. While the feature seemed bold and provocative, pairing of a bullet-ridden American flag with the edgy snarl of a hijab-clad young girl, in truth was a cliché […]

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  • The Anatomy of a Prophet: My Response to Huffington Post Critics

    The Anatomy of a Prophet: My Response to Huffington Post Critics

    Writing for Huffington Post, Amer Aziz submits a response article to my controversial House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on radical Islam, where I engage in a historical discussion on Prophet Muhammad and early Muslims. In typical fashion becoming of Muslims holding onto a crumbling identity under the pressure of free thought, Aziz writes: However, Shireen Qudosi, […]

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  • Answering Questions From Muslim Traditionalists

    Answering Questions From Muslim Traditionalists

    I received a flood of inquiries and complaints from Muslim traditionalists after last week’s testimony at the House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Radical Islam. The top complaint I hear is about my tone. To that, I say: You’ll see my tone and rhetoric shift depending on the audience and issue, but this is the […]

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  • Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

    Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

    If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114 An-Nas, the last Surah in the Qur’an, draws […]

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  • The World Needs to Drive Out Destructive Fantasies

    The World Needs to Drive Out Destructive Fantasies

    Originally published in Gatestone Institute The most iconic moment of President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East was not his “speech on Islam“; it was his visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Western Wall is a contested space, and that controversy has bled outside Israel’s borders. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently reignited the debate, […]

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  • Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

    Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

    Originally published in The Federalist A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy. That hypocrisy shadows activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March Linda Sarsour. In the past Sarsour has railed against women spotlighting misogyny in the Muslim world. […]

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    | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
  • FGM Silences a Woman’s Most Primal Voice

    FGM Silences a Woman’s Most Primal Voice

    Originally published in the NYT Women in the World Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the horrific act of cutting off a young girl’s clitoris. Often seen as a humanitarian and women’s rights crisis in third-world countries, FGM hit home in the United States recently when an American-born Muslim doctor was arrested and charged with committing FGM on two girls. […]

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    | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
  • What World War II Can Teach Us About Radical Islam

    What World War II Can Teach Us About Radical Islam

      Source: The Federalist On March 18, international counterterror authorities celebrated the capture of Salah Abdeslam, the ISIS-linked Belgium national heavily responsible for last year’s Islamic terror attacks in Paris. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel awoke Tuesday morning to find ISIS had rocked Brussels again. Two explosions at the Brussels airport and a third at the city’s train station […]

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Leftist Attacks On Barron Trump Reminiscent Of Jihadi Virtue Signaling

Leftist Attacks On Barron Trump Reminiscent Of Jihadi Virtue Signaling

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally Published with The Daily Wire The Left’s vicious attack on Barron Trump’s emotional reaction to a picture mocking his father’s beheading is not that different from the way Islamic extremists push children directly into the line of fire. While Americans from both sides of the divide came together to condemn the horrific mock visual of a […]

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How Egypt Faces the “Perfect Storm” for Islamic Extremism

How Egypt Faces the “Perfect Storm” for Islamic Extremism

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally Published with Gatestone Institute For a Western audience, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a complex figure, who was shunned by the Obama administration. There appear truly pressing, immediate priorities in Egypt, such as developing the economy and combating the avalanche of extremist attempts to overthrow him. Among Middle East and North African territories, […]

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Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally published in The Federalist President Trump understands the most direct path to change is to work in people’s self-interest, to cater to advancement through mutual gain — a strategy that also won him the election.   President Trump embarked on an iconic first foreign tour this weekend to the Middle East that started with […]

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The American Muslims You Don’t See

The American Muslims You Don’t See

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally published with America Matters On First 100 Days, Fox News host Martha MacCallum brought together 8 diverse Muslims as part of a larger 22 member panel to talk about President Trump’s temporary travel ban. While the panel was passionate, the pre and post show dialogue reflected a softer side of American Muslims that often […]

Continue Reading

The Sweet Confinement of Your Aloneness

The Sweet Confinement of Your Aloneness

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally published with On Being. There are times when you find yourself completely surrendered to the power of a moment. David Whyte’s voice filled the air one morning, as wave after wave of sound was the siren song turning my head. This was one of those moments. I plunged into the abyss of his words. And in […]

Continue Reading

“Kafir” Poem by Salman Haider

“Kafir” Poem by Salman Haider

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Kafir” is one of the most stunning pieces of poetry, penned by Salman Haider. Kafir is a provocative and controversial term in Islam, meaning someone who knows the truth but rejects it; someone who covers up the truth. It is also a widely used term exploited to create division between Muslims and non-Muslims. Haider was one […]

Continue Reading

New Zealand: First River in the World to be Given Legal Human Status

New Zealand: First River in the World to be Given Legal Human Status

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Humanity evolves when we broaden our understanding of what it means to be alive. What does it mean to be sentient, conscious, and alive? Making life about more than just ourselves is an important key step in elevating human consciousness and also getting people to care about conservation and resource protection.   New Zealand took a […]

Continue Reading

Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Muslim darling Noor Tagouri made headlines last month when she featured in Playboy’s “Renegades of 2016” series about game changers who redefine how we think about the world. While the feature seemed bold and provocative, pairing of a bullet-ridden American flag with the edgy snarl of a hijab-clad young girl, in truth was a cliché […]

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The Anatomy of a Prophet: My Response to Huffington Post Critics

The Anatomy of a Prophet: My Response to Huffington Post Critics

| October 1, 2016 | 6 Comments

Writing for Huffington Post, Amer Aziz submits a response article to my controversial House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on radical Islam, where I engage in a historical discussion on Prophet Muhammad and early Muslims. In typical fashion becoming of Muslims holding onto a crumbling identity under the pressure of free thought, Aziz writes: However, Shireen Qudosi, […]

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Answering Questions From Muslim Traditionalists

Answering Questions From Muslim Traditionalists

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

I received a flood of inquiries and complaints from Muslim traditionalists after last week’s testimony at the House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Radical Islam. The top complaint I hear is about my tone. To that, I say: You’ll see my tone and rhetoric shift depending on the audience and issue, but this is the […]

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Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114 An-Nas, the last Surah in the Qur’an, draws […]

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The 8 Things I Keep Hearing From Muslims

The 8 Things I Keep Hearing From Muslims

| September 27, 2016 | 9 Comments

As a Muslim Reformer, I get to hear from a patchwork of Muslims, especially in response to the more challenging public statements I make. Most recently, the statement that rattled many was the testimony and Q/A segment of a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Radical Islam. This is all part of the process, as […]

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Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

| August 31, 2016 | 2 Comments

“No disrespect to Malala, but this kind of dichotomy thinking where it’s all or nothing positions people against each other. A woman can wear whatever she wants but by saying she’s wearing “nothing” when she’s just wearing less, is another form of slut-shaming. Malala isn’t intentionally slut-shaming, but the language she uses still carries that […]

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Why Are Islamists Rising as Scholars and Community Leaders?

Why Are Islamists Rising as Scholars and Community Leaders?

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the ongoing struggle to balance Muslim-American rights with Muslim American accountability, there was a little known event that set a new landmark in the fight against Islamism. On March 25th, 2016, the Islamic Society of Wichita (ISW) canceled their fundraising event due to local community pressure. ISW planned on hosting guest speaker and professed […]

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