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This is YOUR Website

 We are starting this web site in the new year of 2012 with renewed energy, new ideas and reorganized editorial Board. I am proud to announce an outstanding board with members, who have been well known editors, authors of published books , community leaders, nationally and internationally. They are not just intellectuals but individuals of action who are addressing the challenges and bringing changes that they believe are vital for the future of Muslims in America.

M.Akhtar,President of MCA



Editorial Board


Nazir Khaja, MD, Los Angeles,

Saleem Ahmed,Ph.D, Hawai

Editorial Advisory Board

Aslam Abduallh, Ph.D, Las Vegas,

John Esposito, Ph....

Muslims long history in America

Posted Jan 22, 2012 @ 12:08 AM The reality of 9/11 has left a deep scar on the minds of most Americans. It’s similar in some ways to the anger so many Americans felt toward the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. Yet, the facts tell an interesting story. Muslims have been in this country for a very long time. It will come as a surprise to many that from 1619 to the 1800s, about 30 percent of the 10 million Africans brought to North America as slaves were Muslims. In fact, Muslims played an active part in some of the most significant periods of our nation’s history. What follows is a chronicle of some of those events. In 1775, Peter Salem, a Muslim African American slave from Framingham, distinguished himself so much for his courage during the Revolution that a United States stamp was iss...

Real questions for Egypt

John L. Esposito A leading American scholar of Islamic affairs, examines the aftermath of the upheavals of the Arab Spring and the rise of the Islamists in Egypt and Tunisia As many expected, the Muslim Brotherhood did well, and this was the case for a variety of reasons. You don't have a strong multi-party system yet in Egypt, for example. I wrote earlier that in both the Tunisian and Egyptian cases, the Islamists could be expected to get around 40 per cent of the vote. However, what has surprised many people was the rise of the Salafis, which had been relatively politically invisible for many of us in terms of the political scene. I think that with the emergence of the Salafis, we have seen them emerging politically and there has been a sense that after all the y...

Book Review

BOOK REVIEW: American Raj: Liberation or Domination? – Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World. 2008 By Mohammad Yunus* _____________________________________ Author: Eric S. Margolis. 432pp. Key Porter Books. $22.95 CDN In his1993 provocative essay “The Clash of Civilization,” Samuel P. Huntington argued the democratic and secular West and the fundamentalist Islamic world are destined to clash. A clash of two ways of life rooted in diametrically opposing ideologies. Mr. Huntington’s blunt and controversial analyses of tension and hostility between the Western and Muslim worlds generated extremely passionate and contentious discussions. Eric Margolis thought otherwise. Eric Margolis, an award-winning and internationally syndicated columnist, boldl...

Helping people of need

Helping people of need : better served if done across different faiths

                                 M. Akhtar, Ph.D

“ Depth psychologists” or Humanists, Maslow for example, recognize a humanitarian sense given in us that gets stronger as we grow old or become mature to a high level of mentally. At that level, humans spontaneously identify with humanity at large. Short of that stage of development , many of us like to confine our charitable efforts directed to people if they are of the same ethnicity, race, nation and religion. Of all these variables, mo...

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