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Amad Shaikh is one of the founders of MuslimMatters, Inc. His identity is shaped by his religion (Islam), place of birth (Pakistan), and nationality (American). By education, he is a ChemE, topped off with an MBA from the Wharton. He was one of the founders of the TDC, and in what seems like a distant memory, he served as the President of U. Houston's MSA. His interests include politics, cricket, and media interactions. Career-wise, Amad is in management in the oil & gas industry (but one who still appreciates the "green revolution").

Abu Eesa (AE) Humor Overload, Feminism and Apologies

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By Amad Emotions are on short-fuse these days. News travels at the speed of light, social media lights up in a heart-beat and any and all that we say, online or offline, faces scrutiny like never before. Not so long ago, the only way someone on one side of the globe would hear a publicly delivered speech in another part ... Read More »

5 Reasons Why Rain Was Not The Only Benefit of Prayers (Salat Ul-Istisqa) in the Bay Area

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Social media is abuzz with the large congregational prayers for rain (ṣalāh ul-istisqa) held in Bay Area under the patronage of imām Hamza Yusuf, imām Zaid Shakir, imām Tahir Anwar and other esteemed scholars. Most Muslims already know and are greatly pleased by the response from the heavens with rain showers hitting the Bay Area soon after the prayers, and ... Read More »

Are Pakistanis Jealous of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Malala Yusafzai?

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The cold, almost bitter response of Pakistanis towards Malala can be a bit puzzling. This reaction is not just from radical elements but also from the general populace. Explanations for this reaction have ranged from jealousy to conspiracy. Tehmina Kazi, Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy,  focuses on the jealousy part: “The criticism is ostensibly about how Malala's message ... Read More »

Egypt’s Bloody Coup and Massacre: Struggle for Media Narrative and the Christian Copts as Pawns

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George Bush's “war on terror” continues to deliver. Even if the context is different, the slogan continues to haunt civilians, especially Muslims. But the latest chapter doesn't include an American army attacking a Muslim nation; rather Muslims who have branded their own as terrorists—people with whom they share heritage and race. The Egyptian interim government, led by American-trained Sissi,  is ... Read More »

8 Reasons Why Pakistan Needs Imran Khan to Win Elections and Become the Next Prime Minister

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My title encapsulates a critical message.  It frames Pakistan needing Imran Khan, not the other way round. Of course,  Imran needs Pakistan for his sense of identity and belonging, but he does not need Pakistan or its top job for personal enrichment or popularity. This itself sets Imran Khan apart from most other politicians. Imran has been blessed with more ... Read More »

8 Reasons Why I, as an American Muslim, Don’t Feel Guilty About the Boston Bombings

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Ever since the Boston marathon bombings, my mind has been swarming with thoughts and emotions. I have been glued to the internet, digesting article after article, and comment after comment. I am sure I am not alone. The American Muslim emotional roller-coaster response to terrorism isn't fresh reading. It starts with deep sadness and horror during the course of the ... Read More »

Does IDF (Israel) produce BBC and US News Headlines? Media & Gaza

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Consider the headlines that everyday Americans (and increasingly British) see in their papers and news outlets. Is it any wonder that the majority of casual-observing Americans may actually think that Palestine as Goliath and Israel as David in this conflict? Gaza: Palestinian boy 'killed by Israeli gunfire' (consider the quotation marks around this BBC headline) Four dead in Gaza Strip fighting (sounds like a ... Read More »

Who Started The Latest Round of Escalation: Gaza Palestinians or Israel? A Timeline.

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Here we go again. Israel has started bombing Gaza using one of the most superior air-force in the world against one of the most inferior resistance in the world. As always, two narratives carry the day. One that is dominant in most Palestine-friendly and neutral countries that decries Israel for everything, from occupation to siege to the use of heavy ... Read More »

Interview with Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury

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Our goal is to achieve a world where every Muslim can live faithfully to their belief, building an exemplary community that benefits humanity. Our strategy to achieve this is focusing on excellence in knowledge in action. Read More »

How a Blog was Born: MuslimMatters Origins

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The naming of the blog was harder. There was “saheefa.com” and a variety of other names. I also remember seeing a website “othermatters” or something to that effect, and “matters” rang a bell. We wanted a name that would immediately mean something in English. Something easy to remember and neutral. And so we landed on MuslimMatters.org and the rest is history. Read More »

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