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Why weren’t we as angry and vocal with the death of Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein

Why weren’t we as angry and vocal with the death of Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein

A young American Somali Muslim boy who led prayers at his local Mosque was hit by a car and ran over by a hateful murderer. His name was Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein. He died because he was a Muslim. He was fifteen years old and was the son of an assistant Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City. When he died he was leaving the mosque. This happened in December 2014, yet we were not as outraged as we were with the recent tragic deaths in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Why is that? More

Letter from S. Abdal Hakim Jackson to Tariq Ramadan

Letter from S. Abdal Hakim Jackson to Tariq Ramadan

Dear Tariq:
As-Salāmu alaykum wa raḥmat Allāh. I pray that this missive finds you and your family in the deepest embrace of Allāh’s mercy and blessings. I was just informed of your post in which you indicated that you would not be coming to the ISNA convention this year. I am writing this note to ask you personally to reconsider your decision. While your reasons are both clear and reasonable (and whether I fully agree with them or not is rather beside the point) the ultimate impact of your decision, I fear, will be to penalize and potentially damage the very people whom I know you love and only want the best for: the American Muslim community. And let me state here, before I go any further, that I am not writing this note at the behest or even primarily in the interest of ISNA: I have not spoken with anyone in the ISNA organization nor have I in any other way communicated with any of them. This is simply a personal appeal in the interest of what I believe to be in the best interest of the Muslims.

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The Suleman Maknojioa’s of our communities need to be called out and shunned!

The Suleman Maknojioa’s of our communities need to be called out and shunned!

I just read a very disturbing article about a “hafiz” by the name of Suleman Maknojioa who was sexually abusing a young student while teaching them the Qur’an. Can you believe this?! How can someone teach the word of Allah, the speech of Allah, the message from Allah and commit this atrocious crime against a young innocent child. What is shocking is that the UK’s court system has freed this man because he is the main provider for his family. What is even more shocking is the lack of uproar! We don’t like cartoons, videos, or even bad jokes, but for this we haven’t been as vocal against it as we can be. More

While Many Were Talking About Abu Eesa This Was Happening

While Many Were Talking About Abu Eesa This Was Happening

Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah invited over 250 Muslim scholars and leaders from around the world for a meeting entitled “Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies” in Abu Dhabi. There were scholars from all different backgrounds: sunni, shia, salafi, sufi, etc. They came from all different parts of the world from Morocco to Afghanistan, from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia. Ed Husain wrote a good piece about it here:
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Why I Am Against Getting Muslim Holidays Recognized On Public School Calendars

Why I Am Against Getting Muslim Holidays Recognized On Public School Calendars

I am Muslim. I am American. I am proud to be both. I am proud to be born in America and educated in the American public school system. One of the more positive memories of my younger days in school was being able to tell my friends and teachers I won’t be coming to school on Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr. Even some of my friends would joke, “I’m also mooz-lum, I have that holiday too. I won’t be in school.” More

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