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November 10, 2010
For this Muslim, the spirit of Veterans Day brings back an early childhood memory. When I was a boy I entered an Islamic prayers competition at my mosque and was awarded a medal. On it read the words, "I shall be ready to sacrifice my life, wealth, time and honor … for the sake of my country. " This is a pledge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, America's first Muslim ,organization established in 1920. There was no discrepancy between the loyalty I was taught in my mosque and the loyalty I was taught in my elementary school classroom, where each day started with the Pledge of Allegiance.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | July 23, 2013
Like Passover and Easter, it is a cornerstone religious holiday and a movable feast based on the phases of the moon. Like Passover and Easter, the people who celebrate it identify themselves as the spiritual children of Abraham. The religious observance is Ramadan, which this year began on July 8 and concludes on the evening of Aug. 7. The month-long observance is comparable in length to the 40 days of fasting and penance Christians observe during Lent, but Ramadan, despite the abstinence from food and water observed during the day, is a joyous time for the faithful.
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NEWS
August 24, 2010
The initiative of a set of New York City Muslims to build an Islamic Cultural Center a couple of blocks from the site of the terrorists'-destroyed Twin Towers in lower Manhattan, New York City, has generated a super-heated controversy and much tension in U.S. society. In this tense situation a national debate is raging across America and a potential for violence exists. It is very laudable that the New York City government headed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the U.S. government headed by President Barack Obama, and a large segment of U.S. intellectuals and community leaders have defended the religious freedom rights of America's Muslims to build their places of worship anywhere in the U.S. However, it is time for the American Muslims to turn more sensitive, take initiative and make a serious effort to resolve this unseemly controversy and diffuse this very divisive tension.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 22, 2013
Members of the Harford County Muslim community will celebrate and host for their neighbors of all faiths a traditional Ramadan iftar, or fast-breaking dinner, on Saturday, July 27, at Masjid Al-Falaah in Abingdon. The public is invited to join the local Muslim community for the dinner at the county's Muslim Center off Philadelphia Road. Reservations can be made by calling Dr. Rehan Khan, of Masjid Al-Falaah, at 202-236-7338. "As more than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to us, it is equally important for the American Muslim community to reach out to our neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals," Kahn said. "We are here to show our friends and neighbors that American Muslims will continue to be contributing members of our society.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 11, 2012
A few words on what American Muslims need. We were discussing this, an olive-skinned Muslim man and I, at a banquet last year, when he said a wistful, poignant thing that has stayed with me ever since. "We thought we were white," he said. Not "white" in the sense of race, whatever that unscientific word means. Rather, white in the sense of assimilation and admission, white in the sense of people from Ireland, Armenia, Cuba, Hungary, southern Italy and other places who, upon arriving here, were regarded as threatening, nonwhite outsiders and required to earn their whiteness, their acceptance, over several generations.
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By Kamran Memon | January 25, 2007
CHICAGO -- The nuclear bomb that exploded during a recent episode of Fox's 24 did not raise new questions about whether Islam and Muslims pose a threat to America. Instead, the blast just reinforced and amplified the questions that many Americans have been asking since 9/11. Polls show that many Americans believe Islam encourages violence, and they suspect that Islam and Muslims pose a threat to this country. They hear al-Qaida calling on Muslims to kill Americans. They hear about verses in the Quran relating to subjects such as violence and loyalty, and they have real questions about whether Muslims are commanded to be violent and about whether Muslims can be loyal to a secular state like America.
NEWS
May 16, 2011
Thank you for your article "American Muslims hope for turning point" (May 15). The issue of anti-Muslim prejudice deserves more attention. The ignorance and prejudice against American Muslims sickens me and makes me ashamed of this country. I really hope that the death of Osama bin Laden is a turning point for our Muslim fellow citizens. It is sad that after 10 years they are still facing such horrid accusations in the U.S. It's even more sad when polls proclaim that many citizens are "wary" of Islamic people, even though they probably know next to nothing about them.
NEWS
September 6, 2010
It seems that in a post 9/11 world, Americans and Muslimericans (American Muslims) are at an impasse. The failed Times Square bombing and Fort Hood tragedy, along with a perceived lack of loyalty of American Muslims to this nation create an image of Muslims and Americans as being incompatible. The September 11th "Burn a Quran" day just emphasizes the racial stereotypes and religious bigotry that our Constitution is supposed to protect Muslims from. In this realm, Muslims are treated as second class citizens and their religion is compared to that of a political ideology or a cult.
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December 13, 2011
It is regrettable that you allow a forum for the kind of casual, stupid bigotry shown in letters such as Dana Ely's and Will Placek's The defects of their kind of thinking rest in a cluster of false, indeed absurd assumptions about private religion and public civil law. First, Sharia is not some kind of monolithic set of beliefs held by all Muslims, but, properly understood, reflects the effort on the part of individual Muslims to...
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By Gregory Rodriguez | March 8, 2011
Dance, monkey, dance. That's what the United States has long shouted at immigrants and ethnic groups suspected of being disloyal. The nation asks its newcomers to perform in meaningless ways to "prove" they belong here. The dancers change, but not the dance. Because the U.S. is continually incorporating immigrants, the perceived threat of betrayal is constant. This week, Rep. Peter T. King, Republican of New York, will call the tune on Capitol Hill, with hearings meant to test the loyalty of American Muslims.
NEWS
January 20, 2013
Columnist Marta Mossburg's column on the Maryland Council on American-Islamic Relations' protest against Pamela Geller as a speaker at the recent Maryland Conservative Action Network conference in Annapolis is factually incorrect ("A controversial speaker's right to be heard," Jan. 16). As a moderator at the conference, Ms. Mossburg was understandably biased in favor of Ms. Geller's hateful and hurtful views, but she failed to disclose this potential conflict of interest to her readers.
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By Faheem Younus | August 6, 2012
Sunday's mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin carried a depressing familiarity. Every few weeks in America, people somewhere are shot en masse, a gunman is captured or killed, and the debate over gun control flourishes on opinion pages. But this shooting was different. It posed a question to the core American values: do we stand up for the safety of our religious minorities with the same vigor as we do for the mainstream population? The question was valiantly answered by the heroic act of the two police officers who did not hesitate to risk their own lives in order to save the lives of others - in this case Sikhs, who are often mistaken for Muslims.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 11, 2012
A few words on what American Muslims need. We were discussing this, an olive-skinned Muslim man and I, at a banquet last year, when he said a wistful, poignant thing that has stayed with me ever since. "We thought we were white," he said. Not "white" in the sense of race, whatever that unscientific word means. Rather, white in the sense of assimilation and admission, white in the sense of people from Ireland, Armenia, Cuba, Hungary, southern Italy and other places who, upon arriving here, were regarded as threatening, nonwhite outsiders and required to earn their whiteness, their acceptance, over several generations.
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December 13, 2011
It is regrettable that you allow a forum for the kind of casual, stupid bigotry shown in letters such as Dana Ely's and Will Placek's The defects of their kind of thinking rest in a cluster of false, indeed absurd assumptions about private religion and public civil law. First, Sharia is not some kind of monolithic set of beliefs held by all Muslims, but, properly understood, reflects the effort on the part of individual Muslims to...
NEWS
May 16, 2011
Thank you for your article "American Muslims hope for turning point" (May 15). The issue of anti-Muslim prejudice deserves more attention. The ignorance and prejudice against American Muslims sickens me and makes me ashamed of this country. I really hope that the death of Osama bin Laden is a turning point for our Muslim fellow citizens. It is sad that after 10 years they are still facing such horrid accusations in the U.S. It's even more sad when polls proclaim that many citizens are "wary" of Islamic people, even though they probably know next to nothing about them.
NEWS
By Gregory Rodriguez | March 8, 2011
Dance, monkey, dance. That's what the United States has long shouted at immigrants and ethnic groups suspected of being disloyal. The nation asks its newcomers to perform in meaningless ways to "prove" they belong here. The dancers change, but not the dance. Because the U.S. is continually incorporating immigrants, the perceived threat of betrayal is constant. This week, Rep. Peter T. King, Republican of New York, will call the tune on Capitol Hill, with hearings meant to test the loyalty of American Muslims.
NEWS
January 20, 2013
Columnist Marta Mossburg's column on the Maryland Council on American-Islamic Relations' protest against Pamela Geller as a speaker at the recent Maryland Conservative Action Network conference in Annapolis is factually incorrect ("A controversial speaker's right to be heard," Jan. 16). As a moderator at the conference, Ms. Mossburg was understandably biased in favor of Ms. Geller's hateful and hurtful views, but she failed to disclose this potential conflict of interest to her readers.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 22, 2013
Members of the Harford County Muslim community will celebrate and host for their neighbors of all faiths a traditional Ramadan iftar, or fast-breaking dinner, on Saturday, July 27, at Masjid Al-Falaah in Abingdon. The public is invited to join the local Muslim community for the dinner at the county's Muslim Center off Philadelphia Road. Reservations can be made by calling Dr. Rehan Khan, of Masjid Al-Falaah, at 202-236-7338. "As more than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to us, it is equally important for the American Muslim community to reach out to our neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals," Kahn said. "We are here to show our friends and neighbors that American Muslims will continue to be contributing members of our society.
NEWS
November 10, 2010
For this Muslim, the spirit of Veterans Day brings back an early childhood memory. When I was a boy I entered an Islamic prayers competition at my mosque and was awarded a medal. On it read the words, "I shall be ready to sacrifice my life, wealth, time and honor … for the sake of my country. " This is a pledge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, America's first Muslim ,organization established in 1920. There was no discrepancy between the loyalty I was taught in my mosque and the loyalty I was taught in my elementary school classroom, where each day started with the Pledge of Allegiance.
NEWS
September 6, 2010
It seems that in a post 9/11 world, Americans and Muslimericans (American Muslims) are at an impasse. The failed Times Square bombing and Fort Hood tragedy, along with a perceived lack of loyalty of American Muslims to this nation create an image of Muslims and Americans as being incompatible. The September 11th "Burn a Quran" day just emphasizes the racial stereotypes and religious bigotry that our Constitution is supposed to protect Muslims from. In this realm, Muslims are treated as second class citizens and their religion is compared to that of a political ideology or a cult.
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