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May 4, 2011
As a member of the American Ahmadiyya Muslim community, I am relieved over the news of Osama bin Laden's death and congratulate my fellow Americans on this accomplishment in the war against terrorism. However, this war is far from over. President Obama rightly stated: "Our war is not with Islam. " Neither the Quran or Prophet Muhammad's life support these inhumane ideologies. I urge my fellow Muslim-Americans to strongly reject and denounce the perverse un-Islamic ideologies that promote violence and terrorism.
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By Rameez Abbas | April 16, 2012
A few months ago, I was having lunch with a friend. When her dramatically inclined 6-year-old son wrapped a scarf around his head, she offhandedly commented, "Careful, or we'll have to put you through a metal detector. " Weeks after that, I was lucky enough to join one of the Navy's tours of its aircraft carriers - I got to go on the new USS George H. W. Bush - and a well-intentioned colleague said he was surprised they let me on board, given my Pakistani roots. (The Navy itself had no qualms about my place of birth.)
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By Salmah Y. Rizvi | September 14, 2011
I was 14 on Sept. 11, 2001 and president of my sophomore class at Atholton High School in Columbia. I was also a young Muslim American girl and had founded the Muslim Student Awareness Club at Atholton the year prior. When the Twin Towers were struck, classmates and acquaintances of mine shouted slogans such as "Let's kill all the Muslims," "America will have its revenge on Islam," and "Go home, towel heads. " In response to such hatred, the Muslim Student Awareness Club mobilized and held an Islamic awareness event with community leaders, students, faculty and parents to increase understanding about the religion of Islam, as well as to discuss how Muslim communities can combat extremism and how non-Muslims can help protect their Muslim friends against hate crimes.
NEWS
By Amel Yagoub | December 19, 2011
As a Muslim from the United States traveling to study in the Middle East, I assumed this would be the end to discrimination and prejudice toward me for being a Muslim, but I soon discovered otherwise. Even in a Muslim country, there were ways in which I felt discriminated against — although these differed from the type of prejudice I had become used to as a Muslim growing up in Maryland. In the U.S., I often faced confusion and/or fear regarding my religion, especially as a Muslim woman who wears the hijab.
NEWS
August 18, 2010
State Sen. Andy Harris thinks it is "blatantly disrespectful" to build a mosque near Ground Zero. Ground Zero is a memorial to the 3,000 Americans who died on September 11th and it will be impossible for "Americans" to feel comfortable visiting and morning there if there is a mosque near by" ("Harris calls mosque proposal 'blatantly disrespectful,'" Aug. 18). Does Mr. Harris think that Americans are only non-Muslim? Isn't it possible that some people of the Muslim faith also died on Sept.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 1, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO --Azhar Usman, a burly American-born Muslim with a heavy black beard, says he elicits an almost universal reaction when he boards an airplane at any U.S. airport: Conversations stop in mid-sentence, and the look in the eyes of his fellow passengers says, "We're all going to die!" For Ahmed Ahmed, a comedian, it is even worse. His double-barreled name matches an occasional alias used by a henchman of Osama bin Laden. "It's a bad time to be named Ahmed right now," he riffs in his stand-up routine before describing being hauled through the Las Vegas airport in handcuffs.
NEWS
By Steven Martin, Yahya Hendi and Gerald Serotta | September 22, 2011
An evangelical minister, a rabbi and an imam rent a van. What sounds like the start of a joke is actually a national tour we began together on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to improve interfaith cooperation and address a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry now dividing many communities. Our 18-city tour, which stops in Maryland on Sunday at St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church in Frederick, is based on the simple but powerful idea that if we can get people talking about faith, values and the common good, the differences that too often divide us will prove less daunting than our shared humanity.
NEWS
By Mohammad Ali Salih | June 13, 2007
The Pew Research Center recently issued what it called the first nationwide, random-sample survey of Muslim Americans and found them to be largely assimilated, happy with their lives and moderate with respect to many of the issues that have divided Muslims and Westerners around the world. Muslim Americans said that since the 9/11 attack, they found it has become difficult to be a Muslim in the United States and the government has singled out Muslims for increased surveillance. And almost half of them said they considered themselves Muslim first and Americans second.
NEWS
By Rameez Abbas | April 16, 2012
A few months ago, I was having lunch with a friend. When her dramatically inclined 6-year-old son wrapped a scarf around his head, she offhandedly commented, "Careful, or we'll have to put you through a metal detector. " Weeks after that, I was lucky enough to join one of the Navy's tours of its aircraft carriers - I got to go on the new USS George H. W. Bush - and a well-intentioned colleague said he was surprised they let me on board, given my Pakistani roots. (The Navy itself had no qualms about my place of birth.)
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.
NEWS
By Steven Martin, Yahya Hendi and Gerald Serotta | September 22, 2011
An evangelical minister, a rabbi and an imam rent a van. What sounds like the start of a joke is actually a national tour we began together on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to improve interfaith cooperation and address a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry now dividing many communities. Our 18-city tour, which stops in Maryland on Sunday at St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church in Frederick, is based on the simple but powerful idea that if we can get people talking about faith, values and the common good, the differences that too often divide us will prove less daunting than our shared humanity.
NEWS
By Salmah Y. Rizvi | September 14, 2011
I was 14 on Sept. 11, 2001 and president of my sophomore class at Atholton High School in Columbia. I was also a young Muslim American girl and had founded the Muslim Student Awareness Club at Atholton the year prior. When the Twin Towers were struck, classmates and acquaintances of mine shouted slogans such as "Let's kill all the Muslims," "America will have its revenge on Islam," and "Go home, towel heads. " In response to such hatred, the Muslim Student Awareness Club mobilized and held an Islamic awareness event with community leaders, students, faculty and parents to increase understanding about the religion of Islam, as well as to discuss how Muslim communities can combat extremism and how non-Muslims can help protect their Muslim friends against hate crimes.
NEWS
May 4, 2011
As a member of the American Ahmadiyya Muslim community, I am relieved over the news of Osama bin Laden's death and congratulate my fellow Americans on this accomplishment in the war against terrorism. However, this war is far from over. President Obama rightly stated: "Our war is not with Islam. " Neither the Quran or Prophet Muhammad's life support these inhumane ideologies. I urge my fellow Muslim-Americans to strongly reject and denounce the perverse un-Islamic ideologies that promote violence and terrorism.
NEWS
By Faheem Younus | November 10, 2010
On this Veterans Day, I fondly think about my time serving as a physician-in-training at a New York Veterans Administration hospital. The year was 2000. The Gulf War was over. Our national debt was $5.7 trillion. Jobs were abundant. And "Gulf War Syndrome" was the biggest health concern for our veterans. The VA's motto always resonated with me: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan. " And I tried my best to care for my patients with Gulf War Syndrome, despite the unexplainable complexity of their symptoms — ranging from depression and anxiety to irritable bowels and limb weakness.
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.
NEWS
August 18, 2010
State Sen. Andy Harris thinks it is "blatantly disrespectful" to build a mosque near Ground Zero. Ground Zero is a memorial to the 3,000 Americans who died on September 11th and it will be impossible for "Americans" to feel comfortable visiting and morning there if there is a mosque near by" ("Harris calls mosque proposal 'blatantly disrespectful,'" Aug. 18). Does Mr. Harris think that Americans are only non-Muslim? Isn't it possible that some people of the Muslim faith also died on Sept.
NEWS
June 14, 2007
Missile shield system well worth the price In response to the editorial "Let's pretend" (June 10), I think a couple of points need to be made. First, missile defense is not a "boondoggle." The system is tantamount to an insurance policy. The Government Accountability Office has estimated the value of the property damage alone to the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks at $83 billion. Imagine the costs if instead of jet-fueled airliners, the projectiles that struck that day had been ballistic missiles with warheads that contained nuclear, chemical or biological agents.
NEWS
July 4, 2010
A few years ago, on a 4th of July cookout, I met a group of youth who were feeling alienated and downright embarrassed about declaring their Muslim identity. "Am I a foreigner Muslim living in America or a Muslim American who was born oversees?" one of them asked. "Being a Muslim and an American is not easy," remarked the other. This conflict manifests itself when a third-grader calls in sick to celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan and along the way turns from a "Bilal" into a "Bill."
NEWS
July 4, 2010
A few years ago, on a 4th of July cookout, I met a group of youth who were feeling alienated and downright embarrassed about declaring their Muslim identity. "Am I a foreigner Muslim living in America or a Muslim American who was born oversees?" one of them asked. "Being a Muslim and an American is not easy," remarked the other. This conflict manifests itself when a third-grader calls in sick to celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan and along the way turns from a "Bilal" into a "Bill."
NEWS
June 14, 2007
Missile shield system well worth the price In response to the editorial "Let's pretend" (June 10), I think a couple of points need to be made. First, missile defense is not a "boondoggle." The system is tantamount to an insurance policy. The Government Accountability Office has estimated the value of the property damage alone to the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks at $83 billion. Imagine the costs if instead of jet-fueled airliners, the projectiles that struck that day had been ballistic missiles with warheads that contained nuclear, chemical or biological agents.
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