The early photographs of Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, wife of Boston marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are unsettling. They are unsettling not only because she looks frightened, but because she looks kind of like me. Though our lives are different, we are both young, white women, and we are American converts to Islam. The media’s coverage… Continue reading Can Muslims Be ‘All-American’?
Your Choice ☑ In our daily lives, we come across people of different tribe and culture, different ethnicity, race and colour, people of different philosophy and ideology, people of different religious backgrounds and those that even have no religion. With all these differences, we try to get along because one way or the other, we… Continue reading Mind Your Business!
One of the most important aspects of the Human Rights issue is the respect and tolerance which society must show towards the religions of other people; this, of course, includes the issue of freedom of religion. I would like to talk about the Islamic point of view on religious tolerance. The Quranic Point of View… Continue reading The Place of Tolerance in Islam
Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say faces charges of insulting Islam in comments made on Twitter. Say’s supporters as well as his critics say the case risks damaging Turkey’s reputation on freedom of expression. In April Fazil Say wrote several comments on Twitter allegedly ridiculing Islam. One message asked whether a particular call to prayer,… Continue reading Turkish musician in court for insulting Islam
How should we Muslim react to mockery of our Prophet Muḥammad (SAW) or should we even react at all? Just like the cartoons few years ago, the Muslim response to the recent film has been very diverse. From the very mild of responses to the very violent ones, what’s most noteworthy is the enormity of the response. Despite the… Continue reading Mocking the Prophet, How Should We React?