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Pornography, Respect, and Responsibility: A Letter to the Hotel Industry

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A letter on pornography and business ethics written by two prominent public intellectuals—one a Christian, one a Muslim—sent to hotel industry executives last week. Read More »

5-Step Scientific Guide to Islamic Event Attendance

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What exactly is it that motivates Muslims to attend Islamic events? What makes an Islamic event look attractive (and I don't just mean the lame, "masha'Allah this is attractive, I shall go, yallah habibi." I'm taking about the holy-moly-mega-masha'Allah-lower-your-gaze level of Islamic event attractiveness that huge Islamic National Conferences get). Read More »

Gay Marriage, Internment Camps and Moral Equivalency

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Now I might be going to go out on a limb here, but I have to say that advocating for even the most “nutritional” of concentration camps is disgusting, repulsive and intrinsically un-American. That said, we American Muslims find ourselves in difficult position. We are a civil rights community, one that has also faced calls for internment, and are also a group whose faith categorically rejects homosexual activity as immoral. Read More »

Book Review | The Spirit Level

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Every so often, a book comes along that forces us to radically re-think our basic assumptions. Wilkinson and Pickett’s The Spirit Level, a culmination of fifty years painstaking research work, is exactly that. What is most remarkable of all is that after half a century of research and numerous scatter graphs later, two British Professors of Epidemiology draw conclusions that look remarkably similar to those recommended by the Qurʾān and Sunnah fourteen hundred years ago. Read More »

Oh the Irony! Pamela Geller and the Stealth Halal Turkeys

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Pamela Geller, anti-Muslim blogger extraordinaire, sounded the alarm today over the latest “Islamization of America” outrage.  She discovered that Butterball whole turkeys are certified halal, and in this she sees the latest example of “stealth” infiltration of Islam into all things American (read: non-Muslim). This Thanksgiving, she frets, the jihad starts with what's on your table. She called on good ... Read More »

Libya: potential to be the first Arab Spring state to end torture

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One of the things people fought for in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya was to end torture and impunity. The liberated people must not continue such abuses. Read More »

What’s In Your Ear? | Mufti Ibn Adam

What\'s in Your Ear? is an occasional Saturday series where we ask Muslims, both ordinary and extraordinary, a few simple questions: 1. What are you listening to? 2. What are you reading? 3. What are you watching? 4. What technology are you rocking, Mac or PC? Kindle, iPad, Android phone, etc? 5. What\'s the best piece of advice you\'ve received ... Read More »

My Apology to Lara Logan

Lara Logan, I'm sorry. I won't say it on behalf of the Muslim world because I don't speak for them. So I'll just say it from my heart, just me personally. I'm so sorry for what you experienced in Egypt on what must have been the worst night of your life. Read More »

Can We Get Past the Meat?

On a recent business trip I went to a restaurant. The hostess noticed I was Muslim and said, "Oh you don't need a wine list right?" I told her she was correct. When I sat at the table she handed me the menu and then asked me, "Do you eat meat?" To this I replied essentially that some Muslims are strict about a Muslim version of kosher meat [I have not encountered many non-Muslims who understand what 'halal' is - or many Muslims who understand halal vs. zabihah but that's a different story]. She responded to this by saying, "Oh yeah, my boyfriend is from Saudi Arabia and he only eats halal meat." Read More »

Aftermath of An Assassination | View from Pakistan

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Aly Balagamwala is a businessman and a blogger based in Karachi, Pakistan. He sends us a brief picture of the scenarios that unfolded in his country in the aftermath of Governor Salmaan Taseer's assassination by a member of his protective guard. Included in this article is a commentary by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi. Read More »

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