Anti-Islam, anti-Muslim rallies 'Fizzle' nationwide
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: "Sorry, Islamophobes: Your Anti-Muslim rallies ended up inspiring acts of love and service": This headline of the Huffington Post best describes the fizzle of the nationwide anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rallies organized by what Carol Kuruvilla calls a loosely affiliated group of armed protesters. "After hearing about armed protests scheduled to take place around mosques, the interfaith community rallied around Muslims. Instead of dividing the communities they targeted, news about the rallies strengthened bonds between interfaith allies and inspired numerous acts of community service around the U.S., Kuruvilla writes in the Huffington Post. Read More
Anti-Mosque protests underscore a growing anti-Islam movement in the West
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Racism and bigotry is on the rise across the globe. Many of the western governments won't allow building of a mosque on Muslim owned properties. Even if the central government sometimes may have no bars for such mosque constructions, the local Christian community, much given to racism and bigotry, may not permit construction of a mosque in its locality. Such objections against mosques are called democracy here - a flawed one, obviously, by the locals that have not learned that in a liberal democracy the majoritarian views should not trample religious and cultural rights of a minority. Read More
Thoughts on Oregon Shooting
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: The world is bleeding with blood, or so it seems. The sad fact is: the victims of this orgy of violence around the globe, often times, have no clue as to why they are getting killed or maimed. Thursday (Oct 1) morning was supposed to be an ordinary day for the students at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, USA. They got up like they do every day -- ready for class, ready to learn, ready to engage with teachers and fellow students,and ready for home work. But in an instant, their worlds were shattered by bullets – not by some outsider, but by one of their very own, a fellow student - Chris Harper Mercer - who was enrolled in English and theatre classes. Read More
Is Ben Carson a bigot?
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Ben Carson is running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. During an appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday, Sept. 20, NBC's Chuck Todd asked him, "Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?" "No, I do not," Carson responded. "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that." Read More
Anti-Muslim protests scheduled nationwide
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Amid increasing anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric, anti-Muslim groups have planned at least 20 rallies this month at mosques and Islamic centers across the Unites States on October 9th and 10th. "Humanity is attacked daily by radical Islam," the group claims in its Facebook page. "Protests will be held in every country at every Mosque." The group also claims to have followers and events across several countries, including Australia, England, Canada and Germany. Read More
Obama Deifies American Hegemony
By Paul Craig Roberts: September 28 is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Hemet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington’s Cold War against the Soviet Union. In our time Washington had UN tanks sent in against Bosnian Serbs during the period that Washington was dismantling Yugoslavia and Serbia and accusing Serbian leaders, who tried to defend the integrity of their country against Washington’s aggression, of “war crimes.” Read More
The double speak at United Nations
By Ostur Raza: On the morning of September 28th, 2015 our President gave a speech at United Nations. I recognize the fact that with scores of world leaders in audience speakers frequently use the opportunity to position their country in better light than reality. What disappointed me was the gross double speak President Obama engaged in. He gave a usual lecture on human rights, women rights, democracy, scolded global trouble makers and blamed foes while completely ignoring the US culpability in many of the problems in the world. Read More
The Role and Contribution of OIC in the Development of
Educational and Scientific Facilities in the Muslim World
By Wajid Hassan: Education and scientific development of the Muslim Countries is important as they have a large number of raw young population. If this large population is not turned into meaningful human resource it can be used by the negative elements in sabotaging world peace as well as they will become a burden on world economy in next few decades on the other hand, if this human resource is educated, trained and enlightened by providing the resources of higher institutes of learning and scientific facilities they can help transform the Muslim countries into peaceful and stable economies of the world. Read More
The OIC: More Necessary than Ever
By Maha Akeel: The bond of ummah has always been strong, though it has taken different shapes for different times. In our age, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) provides an effective model to translate the Muslim world’s desire to work more closely together, even as it grows to meet the needs, challenges and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected world. Founded in 1969 after an attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the OIC includes 57 member states across four continents. As the collective voice of the Muslim world, the OIC advances the interests of the Muslim world in a spirit of peaceful and respectful dialogue. This is accomplished through three primary organs: The Council of Foreign Ministers, the Islamic Summit and the General Secretariat, headed by the 10th OIC Secretary-General, Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani. Read More
Don’t take your innovative science project to school if you are Muslim!
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: A 14-year old Muslim student takes his science project to school. Instead of appreciating his talent the school teachers call police. The teen ager is interrogated for one and a half hour. Taken to juvenile prison, fingerprinted and photographed like a criminal. During this ordeal he was not allowed to contact his parents. What lesson the Muslim students will get from this episode and what advice I will give to Muslim students who often face bullying at school? Don’t take your innovative science project to school.This is the horrifying story of Ahmed Mohamed of Irving High School in Texas. Read More
American Muslims 14 years after 9/11
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: *Three American-Muslim students - Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21 and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19 - were shot to death by Craig Stephen Hicks, an atheist and a gun enthusiast, near the University of North Carolina.*Glendon Scott Crawford, a mechanic at General Electric, is convicted for constructing a “death X-ray machine” to kill Muslims in New York community near Saratoga Springs because he viewed them as the enemies of Israel. *Robert R. Doggart, an ordained minister in the Christian National Church and a former congressional candidate from Tennessee, planned a violent attack on Islamberg, a Muslim area in the state of New York and destroy a mosque. *Michael Sibley, a Georgia man, plants a bomb in Roswell Park and leaves a bag with a Quran with the hope of convincing people that a Muslim had carried out the plot. These episodes best reflect the dilemma and predicament of seven-million American Muslims who remain the target of bigotry, hate crimes, discrimination and profiling 14 years after 9/11. Read More
Are we witnessing resurrection of fascism in Hungary?
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Our world is never without bigots and racists. The Jewish Holocaust did not teach Europe to be respectful of 'other' cultures and traditions. So it is absolutely folly to expect a change of heart from the children and grandchildren of those mass murderers and criminals who directly or indirectly aided Fascism/Nazism and other forms of evils, racism and bigotry just merely seven decades ago. Read More
Combating bigotry in Europe
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: I have noted in the past how religious extremism is on the rise around the globe, which is making the lives of most minorities difficult. It needs to be defeated. So, does fascism. It is worth recalling that fascism happens when a culture fracturing along social lines is encouraged to unite against a perceived external threat. Today’s Myanmar embodies this sickness where Buddhists are encouraged to eliminate ‘external threats’ – posed by Rohingya and other religious minorities - so as to defend the ‘Buddhist way of life’. Europe wants to be a purely Christian continent, turning its clock back to the 15th century when Muslims and Jews were exterminated from the Iberian Peninsula. Her leaders are against diluting of the Christian population in a continent that has been a home to many races, castes and creeds since at least her colonization of the other continents. Read More
"Fight On Pope Man"
By Khalid Saeed: Few weeks ago Matt Rexroad, former Mayor of Woodland, made an interesting comment on a social media site, “You know something. I like the Pope. If the faith community just hides inside the four walls of a church once a week... nothing happens. The faith community needs to be part of the debate and he's one of the leaders in the faith community. I may not agree with every one of his policies but I like the fact that he is out there. Fight On Pope Man.” Ever since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013 and I have seen him being very open and very vocal on issues which he feels are important and are close to heart. Read More