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#hatefulimams: Challenging Hate and Alienation in Mosque Spaces

Six U.S. imams have openly promoted Jew-hate in mosques between July 2017 through early 2018. The sermons calling for a final apocalypse against the Jews were triggered by minor security conflicts between Palestinian militants and Israeli security forces on Temple Mount. American Muslim Jew-hatred mirrors rising conflict in the Holy Land — and those tensions will […]

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Muslim Reformers Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and Shireen Qudosi Discuss U.S. FGM Trial

    Transcript: Zuhdi Jasser: This is Zuhdi Jasser sitting in the chair for Seth and Chris, who are away today. Thank you for joining me in our last hour now. A major federal case in Detroit had some big news out this this week of a charge that was dropped. I’d like to introduce […]

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End the Global Scourge of Violence Against Girls and Women

By Shireen Qudosi and Zainab Zeb Khan, UNA Women The United Nations has been influential in shaping the current global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality. The last of these significant milestones took place twenty years ago. In 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action crowned the series of 4 “World Conferences […]

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In the Era of #MeToo, FGM Must be Seen as Sexual Violence

[Originally published with Women’s Voices Now] In what can only be called the year of women, 2017 saw an increase in dialogue on women’s rights, including gender violence against women. Cresting that conversation is a landmark FGM trial in Michigan. The defendants include American-born Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, of the Detroit Bohra Muslim community, who is […]

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FGM is Not a Religious Right

[Originally written for Women in the World]   The barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is a primitive practice that grew out of tribal custom predominantly in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. It’s the act of dismembering the clitoris — sometimes brutally with cut glass and no anesthetics — to deter  girls […]

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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

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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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

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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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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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 Fourth War: Spiritual War

[An Invocation] We bow our heads in prayer during invocations and benedictions. We offer prayers for “name that city” when a terrorist attack hits.  But between these moments, God is forgotten, faith is forgotten, humanity is forgotten. A prayer isn’t a spiritual pit-stop in our day, even if it happens five times a day.  A […]

A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

The Muslim problem with dating — if we can call it that — is almost always one of culture than religion. Having tried the ‘marriage experiment’ once, I know that religion doesn’t play a role in the day-to-day, but culture definitely does. The same problem exists when dating while Muslim. It’s not about whether the guy opens the door […]

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Defending Ghazala Khan

Telling Trump “You did exactly what every Islamist does,” Muslim Reformer and Trump Supporter Shireen Qudosi challenges Trump’s attack on grieving mother Ghazala Khan whose presence was undeniably powerful at the Democratic National Convention, alongside her husband Khizr Khan. While the back and forth exchange has been between Khizr Khan and GOP presidential nominee Donald […]

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