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How Not to Stop Racism in the Arab American Community – A Response

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By: Diala Khalife A response to “How do you stop racism in the Arab American community? Heck if I know” I write this in response to a deeply problematic blog post published by Muslim Matters on December 11th. The piece was met with objections and critiques by some Arabs and non-Arab Muslims on Twitter [1]. The original post attempts to ... Read More »

Drone Strikes in Yemen- On Bombing Weddings and Families

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At least 15 people on the way to a wedding were killed by the United States Government in a horrific drone strike in Yemen, just two days after President Barack Obama spoke at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela and said Madiba “makes him want to be a better man.” We call on the President to be the better man ... Read More »

How Walmart and Gap are Dodging Worker Safety in Bangladesh

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The collapse of Rana Plaza, a garment manufacturing complex in Bangladesh, which killed 1,134 workers, sent shockwaves around the globe this past April. Just a few months earlier, the Tazreen factory fire had already killed 117 people in the country. These latest episodes bring the death toll of Bangladeshi factory workers to over 1,800 since 2005.  The appalling disparity between ... 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 »

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 »

Dignity In The Time of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

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Following months of an incendiary campaign against Muslims in Sri Lanka, a Muslim-owned fashion store was attacked late last month by mobs of hate-mongers led by men in the saffron garb of Buddhist monks. A video released more recently exposes a similar stomach-churning reality in the relentless persecution of the Rohingyan Muslims in Myanmar. I refuse to dignify these robed madmen by ... Read More »

UnMosqued Primer: What You Need to Know About the Arguments

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The 'unmosqued' discussion has spawned a host of conversations, coffee shop conversations, desi dinner party fodder, tweetable soundbites, virally shared facebook updates, and even a couple of blog articles right here on MuslimMatters. To say that this topic interests me is an understatement (I even started a website dedicated to trying to steer leaders into running their masjids better). When it comes ... Read More »

Empathizing with Catastrophe: Les Misérables and Human Suffering

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Every few decades a story is written that resonates with people across cultures and across histories to create a bridge of understanding spanning centuries of basic human instinct. This story essentially captures the needs, hopes, dreams, and desires that lie deep within our feral souls in spite of a people's shared sorrows. This story shakes us to our core and ... Read More »

My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic Evangelicals to Choose

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At a time when U.S. embassies are being attacked and when people are getting killed over an offensive, adolescent and puerile film targeting Islam - beyond pathetic in its tawdriness – we must begin to own up to the reality of evangelical Islamophobia. Read More »

Domestic Violence Series: A Hidden Evil and Muslim Communities

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It is the extreme sensational cases that make it to the front pages of newspaper. We were all horrified by the story of Nazish Noorani, a young mother killed by her abusive husband. What we don’t hear are the voices of the abused behind the closed doors of many homes across social, economic, ethnic, racial and gender lines. They exist in our community just as they exist in the non-Muslim communities. Domestic violence is, again, a human problem much like sexual harassment. Read More »

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