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Left Behind – the Families of Muslim Prisoners in CMUs

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Helplessness and resolve draped in a cream hijab and coral shawl, her face shielded behind over-sized sunglasses, holding her head high, she displays the photograph of the love of her life at a rally in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Sahar Ahmed married a network engineer from a decent Pakistani family. The kind of guy most ... Read More »

Mocking the Prophet, How Should We React?

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How should we Muslim react to mockery of our Prophet Muḥammad 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 consensus that ... Read More »

My Encounter With Brian Haw – the Stalwart Peace Activist

After reading the signs and posters, one of my friends (who was either extremely witty or just a bit slow) asked Brian "so...what are you doing here?" His face turned red and we were soon treated to his legendary sense of indignation. "What am I doing here? What am I doing here?" he screamed at us. "No my friends, you need to ask yourself, what are YOU doing there?" Read More »

Irvine 11 Face Criminal Charges For Protesting Israeli Ambassador

11 Muslim students protested the speech of Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren at a public university in Southern California. They now face criminal charges for their act of peaceful protest and civil disobedience. This is their story. Read More »

Egypt | A Crash Course in Life Lessons

There are times in life where one learns pearls of wisdom gradually over a period of time and then there are times when you get a crash course in half a dozen life lessons all at once. The experience of evacuating Egypt was definitely a crash course and the lessons from it have impacted my life in a profound way. Read More »

Breaking the Fear Factor: The Egyptian Protest Story

The Egyptian government has been relying on fear to rule its people with an iron fist. The fear has now been lifted. I spent 13 years of my life in Egypt and I understand this fear - a nagging worry that one might be detained indefinitely with no court date or legal representation. Almost every Egyptian is aware of such horror stories, people jailed due to “civil-disobedience” or other politically-driven charges. Even with this backdrop, Egyptians are standing up to make their voices heard. Read More »

Yahoo News (AP): Far from ground zero, opponents fight new mosques

TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press Writer – Sun Aug 8, 4:16 pm ET MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Muslims trying to build houses of worship in the nation's heartland, far from the heated fight in New York over plans for a mosque near ground zero, are running into opponents even more hostile and aggressive. Foes of proposed mosques have deployed dogs to intimidate ... Read More »

Day of Silence is April 16th – Muslims Speak Up

The Day of Silence sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will take place in most public schools on April 16, 2010. On this day, "hundreds of thousands" of students plan on participating (Day of Silence website) in thousands of public high schools and increasing numbers of middle schools, which will allow students to remain silent throughout an entire day even during instructional time to promote GLSEN’s socio-political goals. Read More »

Israel Ignores Protest from Palestine

The Friends of the Israel Defense Force held a fancy fundraiser in Manhattan last night, but hundreds of Palestine solidarity activists gathered outside to protest. The protest, which was co-sponsored by over 20 activist groups, including Jews Say No!, Adalah-NY, American Jews for a Just Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the National Lawyers Guild NY Chapter, and was endorsed by two Palestinian groups from the village of Bil’in and four Israeli groups. Read More »

Yet Another Harrow Mosque Protest: Stewards Wanted

You may remember that during the last week of Ramadan this year, the group “Stop the Islamisation of Europe” (SIOE) threatened to hold a protest outside of Harrow Mosque, in London. For all their talk, only a handful of Islamophobes actually attended the event, as it was apparently cancelled before it had even begun, due to the overwhelmingly large numbers ... Read More »

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