Malcolm X: Rap, Race and Islam

22 February 2015 Written by Laith Saud
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By Laith Saud February 22, 2015 This past weekend, the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination passed – with less notice than it deserved. Yet so much of Malcolm X’s life: his words, his tone, his courage, remain relevant. And many of his struggles as a black man and Muslim man in America persist. Fifty years after his death, we may have a black president, but American culture has regressed. Malcolm X remains a touchstone…

Muslim Lives Should Matter Too

15 February 2015 Written by Eman El Husseini
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By Eman El Husseini February 15, 2015 The Chapel Hill Shooting in North Carolina has sparked a fair share of debate and controversy. Is it merely a parking dispute or is it a hate crime? Can non-Muslims commit hate crimes? Is it even possible for a Muslim to be a victim? Wherever you stand on the issue doesn't really bother me because my main concern wasn't the cause of the murder (it is so obvious)…

CODE RED: Cupid Is On the Prowl!

12 February 2015 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. Ferbruary 12, 2015 CODE RED:  The community is on high alert.  Valentine’s Day is around the corner and so is one cherubic little criminal – Cupid.  Aliases include Amor, Cupido and Eros.  Don’t be fooled by his rosy cheeks, chubby little legs and those damn ringlets that adorn his seemingly angelic face.  He is armed and he is dangerous.  His weapon of choice – a bow and arrow. Cupid is allegedly the symbol of love.  In modern times…

"Serial" Prosecutor Blows Off Interview: Is He Hiding Something?

02 February 2015 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. Ferbruary 2, 2015 Through the blizzard armed with 3,000 pages of transcripts, maps and cell phone records, I headed out to meet Kevin Urick, one of the prosecutors from the Adnan Syed case. If you are in the 1 percent of the universe that does not recognize those names, I am referring to “Serial.” a 12 episode podcast that reexamines the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a high school student…

Muslims In America Are Here To Stay!

31 January 2015 Written by Shahina Bashir
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By Shahina Bashir February 1, 2015 When I joined the University of Texas at Arlington in 1981, the latest wave of hostility was pointed toward all foreign students who were lumped together as Iranians. This was, of course, the post Iranian-Revolution era. I was a Muslim student from Bangladesh and it didn’t matter whether one was from Iran, Pakistan, India, or even China. To the Texans, we were all Iranians and definitely supporters of Khomeini.…

We are all Conspiracy Theorists Now

27 January 2015 Written by Teresa Cutler-Broyles
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By Teresa Cutler-Broyles January 27, 2015 Almost immediately after the attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and the subsequent taking and killing of hostages at a Jewish deli elsewhere in the city, people around the world began showing support for the slain journalists, for free speech, for Jews, and for Muslims by posting on Twitter and Facebook, holding vigils, marching in the streets, writing opinion pieces. Simultaneously, others began spouting alternate theories of…

Why Is The US Media Helping Terrorists?

21 January 2015 Written by Laith Saud
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By Laith Saud January 21, 2014 Terror. Just the word conjures up images that have splashed across your screen for two weeks. Terror. CNN has devoted literally over three-hundred hours to the Charlie Hebdo attack in France recently. Terror: an enterprise that does not exist without attention. Terrorism is more spectacle than reality in the United States. And the incessant obsession with terror, narrowly defined as any criminal act carried out by any Muslim, insures…

Egypt's LGBT "Witch Hunt"

18 January 2015 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. January 18, 2015 Is the recent acquittal in Egypt’s bathhouse trial a sign of progress for its LGBT community – or simply a judicial blip in a country notorious for its homophobia? On December 7, 2014, a Cairo bathhouse was raided after prominent journalist, Mona Al-Iraqi, admittedly tipped off police then filmed half-naked men being dragged to detention. Al-Iraqi then aired the footage on her program ‘The Hidden’ noting that she…

Liberty And Justice For All, That Is Unless You Are A Sikh

09 January 2015 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. January 9, 2015 "Freedom and liberty for all."  That phrase, which closely follows the words from our own nation's pledge of allegiance, is one of the basic tenets of Sikhism. However, as one young Sikh man found out, the United States Army apparently doesn't think that freedom and liberty applies to Sikhs. Iknoor Singh is a college student who has been repeatedly refused admission to the US Army’s Reserve Officer Training…

When Will World Finally Notice The Murder of Ahmadi Muslims?

30 December 2014 Written by Huma Munir
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By Huma Munir December 30, 2014 What happens when an influential broadcaster incites hatred against a minority group in a country where minorities have very few rights to begin with? Innocent people get murdered. What happens to the person who incited the violence? Sadly, nothing. Aamir Liaquat, the host of a religious talk show on Pakistan’s largest news broadcasting organization, recently invited so-called Islamic clerics to promote his own agenda of prejudice. These clerics vehemently…

Why Muslims Love Jesus Too

27 December 2014 Written by Dean Obeidallah
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By Dean Obeidallah December 23, 2014 It’s beginning to look a lot like a Muslim Christmas, everywhere you go. That’s right, we are seeing an increasing number of Muslim Americans celebrating Christmas. In fact, when I posed a question on Facebook asking whether any of my Muslim friends celebrate Christmas, I was blown away by the response. I was instantly inundated with literally hundreds of posts by American Muslims—and even some in Muslim countries—detailing how…

12 Days of Christmas Gifts For The Lawyer in Your Life

22 December 2014 Written by Seema Iyer
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By Seema Iyer, Esq. December 22, 2014 Happy Holidays! I bet you need some help picking out a gift for that Type A control freak attorney in your life. Here’s one for every day of Christmas! On the First Day of Christmas…..A PARALEGAL. Every lawyer needs one. From doing legal research and filing motions, to making that perfect cup of black coffee and enduring misplaced anger in the form of verbal abuse. We all need…

Saving Our Humanity In The Face Of Peshawar Tragedy

20 December 2014 Written by David Peduto
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By David Peduto  December 20, 2014 My thoughts remain fixated on the terrible attack at Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. The killing of 145 people, most of whom were but children, is a hard thing to shake. Coming in the wake of a terrible hostage taking in Sydney and amidst the ongoing wave of evil and subjugation propagated by ISIS, the attack has left many asking what has happened to humanity. If people in…