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The Trump Administration Must Not Initiate Islamic Reformation as Ideological Isolationists

Published with The Federalist On June 18th, 2018, The Intercept published an article written by Mehdi Hasan and Ryan Grim claiming a leaked State Department memo advised the Trump administration to push for Islamic reformation. The memo is said to speak specifically to Iran and ISIS by injecting “ideological competition.” Critics of the article and […]

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CAIR’s Muslim-on-Muslim Oppression

“Even when CAIR is not successful in silencing critical Muslim voices, there are thousands of other Muslims who step back deeper into silence, afraid of being publicly harassed by CAIR.”   Published with The Forward  In our quest for tolerance, religious spaces often take the lead in showcasing voices of change. But sometimes, those who […]

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CNN FAILED: American Muslims Respond to CNN’s “25 Influential American Muslims” List

Editor’s Note: With rare public support and a united front, we countered CNN’s one-size-fits-all version of Islam. We are proud to see our statement resonate with the American Muslim community. The areas where it has created controversy is a very good steppingstone and moving ahead in unifying Islam as a religion accommodating of everyone and not a […]

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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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What is Muslim Reform?

Muslim reform, or Islamic reform, is personal to many reformers. While most modern reformers advocate for progressive values in keeping with Universal Human Rights, many of us prioritize reform uniquely. For me, Muslim Reform is where philosophy and scholarship blend with love for an Intelligence greater than holy men and holy books.

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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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The Anatomy of a Prophet: Backlash on Exploring Prophet Muhammad as a “Warmonger”

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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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 a […]

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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The 8 Things I Keep Hearing From Muslims

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 […]

The Higher Jihad

By Azhar Khan The word “jihad” strikes a nerve among most Americans, Muslim or otherwise. For Westerners, jihad invokes images of an Islamic Red Dawn. For Muslims, it leaves many of us unsettled and often unable to answer questions about what jihad means exactly. We shuffle uncomfortably and stumble for an answer; we’re not entirely […]

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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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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 […]

The Day After: Why September 12 Matters

Every year, as we remember the tragedy and loss of the 9/11 attacks, we see more and more people who seek to push this grim chapter in America’s history from our minds. They seek to focus our attention on anything else other than the vicious act of war that brutalized our nation, and that has […]

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