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USCMO: An Inside Look at the US Council of Muslim Organizations

It’s difficult to identify the allegiance of a ship at sea when that ship keeps changing its sails. That scenario is no different from the Muslim Brotherhood, a notorious band of chameleons whose sails are stars and stripes, but in whose hearts soars the twin-sword flag of the Brotherhood. In the U.S., the Muslim Brotherhood […]

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Qatar-based AJ+ Campaigns to Deny “Radicalization” Exists

Originally published with CounterJihad On September 20, 2001, George W. Bush declared a “Global War on Terror.” It had been just nine days after the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and the world was still unsure what this war would look like. Americans anticipated direct military strikes in a contained assault. It’s been a […]

Egypt’s Al-Azhar University Sees Freedom as a “Ticking Time-Bomb.”

While the average Muslim will tell you Islam is a flawless faith passed from the Heavens to mankind in timeless perfection, the reality is that Islam is one of the most hybrid, evolving (and devolving) faiths. It is deeply complex. Much of what is seen as “Islam” today is Islamic law and interpretation codified into […]

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What World War II Can Teach Us About Radical Islam

Originally Published with 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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Senator Ted Cruz Gets in Ring to Take on Radical Islam in “Willful Blindness” Hearing

On Tuesday, June 28, Senator Ted Cruz lead a critical Congressional hearing on the willful blindness of the Obama administration on the prohibition of language in the fight against radical Islam. The Obama administration is a long time aggressor in obstructing the use of key language, engaging in an ongoing Orwellian purge of identifiers that link the acts of radical groups […]

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War on Terror: Language in an Asymmetrical War

There’s a concerted effort to manipulate a key weapon in the war on terror: language. In another article titled, “The Left’s New Strategy is to Deny ‘Muslim Radicalization’ Exists,” we see how foreign interests use proxy ideologies to subdue free speech and inquiry on extremism within Islam. To help better understand and discuss this critical […]

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Film Review: Gulaab Gang

VICE calls them India’s Flux of Pink Ladies, a 400,000 strong army of women warriors clad in pink sarees and wielding staffs. They’re a new class of vigilante women in a country that has abandoned feminine sanctity, even though some Hindu gods are indestructibly powerful women. That sanctity was reclaimed in Gulaab Gang, an Indian […]

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The Case for Trump

Muslim Reformer Shireen Qudosi on why we must simply walk into Mordor and support Donald Trump. The Friday before the Indiana primaries, I was approached by the Trump campaign’s Foreign Policy Advisor, Walid Phares, to see if I’d be interested in joining them as a Muslim reformer. I had to ask myself whether this was […]

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The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

Scrolling through my Instagram account, I see a stream of nauseatingly perfect images. These pictures aren’t expressions of an inner self; they’re not raw images of both beautiful and chaotic moments in time. Instead, they’re moments stolen from serendipitous existence, manufactured to perfection. In the process, they rob us of a natural opportunity to experience […]

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Eid and the Spirit of the Season

Originally Published with Aquila Magazine As Ramadan and a much-looked-forward to Eid al-Fitr return to us this year, we take a moment to pause and reflect the true meaning of Eid. Unlike other holidays, Eid is not a stand-alone holiday; it is the celebratory period after the Islamic month of Ramadan in which we fast from […]

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His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

“And it is He who created the Heavens and the Earth in Six Days – and His Throne had been upon water.” – Surah Hud 11:7 Although this verse appears as a small inconspicuous line of text, when tugged it unravels layers of coded meanings and offers us a more profound understanding of God. It […]

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Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

Originally Published with Aquila Magazine 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, the last surah […]

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Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

In the last two weeks, I’ve twice come across conversations where I’m either directly or indirectly encouraged toward apostasy. The first was two weeks ago, when I bumped into the fiery Nonie Darwish, and a second more sincere outcry today on Facebook from a dear lady with whom I’m in the midst of cultivating a […]

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Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

For Sufis, there’s a thin veil between the world of man and the natural world, and it is our work to lift that veil. In that, we follow the Hermetic tradition of “as above, so below,” — something shared with Jewish mysticism. It’s our belief that the cosmic order of the heavens can be found in the smallest […]

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