From veiling to prevailing: The evolving Muslim attire.

Saleem Ahmed, PhD. President, Pacific Institute for Islamic Studies, Honolulu.​ ABSTRACT The centuries-old lawlessness rampant in pre-Islamic Arabia, which compelled terrified women to veil themselves as protection against potential rapists, was transformed into a lawful society during the 23 years of Muhammad’s prophethood. Women could then move around freely, dressed modestly, without the need to "protect" themselves by wearing a veil. However, since the Qur’an’s non- chronological arrangement precludes the possibility of tracing this transformation, some Muslim women continue to veil themselves in the belief it is required. This suggests the need for Muslims to understand the chronology of the evolving guidance on various subjects. Th...

The Social Scientific Case Against Muslim Ban.

by Sarah Lyons-Padilla and Michele J. Gelfand, New York Times There were many reasons to oppose President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries, which is now blocked by a federal court’s temporary restraining order. Unfortunately, those same objections are also likely to apply to the revised version of the executive order that Mr. Trump promised on Thursday, which will share with its predecessor the goal of “immediately protecting the country” — presumably by keeping out people from countries he deems to be a threat. One objection to such policies is that there is no good evidence that citizens of the countries the president has singled out so far present a significant threat to the United States. Another is t...

Happy New Year’s Day 2017 Quotes And Sayings: 27 Inspirational Messages Of Hope

By Latin Times Happy New Year's Day! A new year is upon us which means it's time to look back on our accomplishments and think about how we can continue growing as individuals on the year ahead. Sometimes life can be hard and stressful and we forget about all the small strides we make because negativity overpowers us. We might have taken a step back, but the idea is to take two steps ahead and confront the challenges life presents us and overcome it with a positive attitude and having hope that everything will turn out all right. We have rounded up quotes of inspiration that will surely give you hope for the year ahead. Good luck! 1. “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” (Brad Paisley) 2. ...

​American Muslims: a potential catalyst of change.

​by Ruby Amatalla, ​Executive Director, Muslims for Peace, Justice, and Progress​, Huffington Post​ In spite of Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric and, subsequently, his victory, Muslims in America should remain optimistic. His use of the growing anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States of America (America) were for a political gain during the election is reminiscent of vicious McCarthyism in the 1950s. However, Senator McCarthy’s ruthless drive in hate and fear mongering against the Communists for political purposes was brought to an end by the discourse with the American public initiated by courageous people like Edward R. Murrow, a broadcast journalist. His words were simple and straight forward: he said “We will not walk in fear, one of another. We wi...

​​Americans Think There Are 54 Million Muslims In America. There Are Only 3 Million.

​“The poll is a clear indication that fear can sadly be more influential than fact.”​ by ​Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post​ Americans and Europeans drastically overestimate their Muslim populations, a new international survey shows, a misperception many say is driven by Islamophobia and growing anti-Muslim sentiment. Americans think 17 out of every 100 people in the U.S. are Muslim, according to the survey from Ipsos Mori, a U.K. research company. But, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, Muslims account for only 1 out of every 100 people in the U.S. That works out to Americans thinking there are about 54 million Muslims in the U.S., when in fact the Muslim population is about 3 million. This wide disparity betwe...

How to solve the difficult problem of adding ‘Muslim’ to ‘American’

by Rhonda Roumani, Los Angeles Times ​Rhonda Roumani is a contributing fellow at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture.​ In mid-September, my 6-year-old daughter ran into our living room and literally started jumping for joy. “Baba, it’s a miracle!” she told her father with delight. “‘Peg + Cat’ has an ‘Eid Mubarak’ show. They’re talking about ‘Eid Mubarak’ on TV!” My husband texted my daughter’s reaction to family members and Muslim friends. When I got the message at work, I felt a moment of happiness and just as quickly a moment of sadness that such a simple event was a novelty for her, and that, at 6, she understood its rarity. That evening our friends came over and we all watched “Peg + Cat” together — thirty- and...

COUSIN MARRIAGE AMONG MUSLIMS

by Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D.1 Fifty percent of Muslim marriages are reportedly among first cousins, rising to about 70% in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia (http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Cousin_Marriage_in_Islam). The unfortunate effect of such consanguineous marriages is probably manifested most strikingly in a Pakistani village where descendants of two tribes have been inbreeding since over 40 years. A report in Karachi’s newspaper Dawn (October 15, 2015) highlighted that every third home in this village of 350 households has children suffering from blindness, physical deformities, and/or learning problems. And while individuals from this village interviewed acknowledged cousin marriage was a major problem, they lamented they were tradition-bound to honor that practice. Wikislam:...

Documents Show Prophet Muhammad and US Founding Fathers Were Kindred Spirits

by Craig Considine Although they are typically seen to represent overwhelming opposites, the Prophet Muhammad and America’s founding fathers shared many common characteristics and beliefs, which can be seen in historical documents. By comparing the speeches and texts that they left behind, we can learn of the similar viewpoints that Muhammad and the founding fathers held on issues pertaining to equal rights and religious liberty. Prophet Muhammad and the American founding fathers shared an interest in protecting people regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or sexuality. Muhammad, for example, received revelations from God, who directed him to celebrate diversity and cherish it as a staple of Muslim society. Muhammad’s encounter with God would later be recorded...

Emerge USA “An Evolution not a Revolution”

by Inas Younis, About Islam “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails,” John Maxwell `Eid Parties have become a regular feature at the White House. Muslims have attended Iftars and given invocations at both political party conventions. We now also have an `Eid Stamp issued by the United States post office. And while this might have had a great deal of impact on public relations, it does not necessarily translate into a change in public policy. For many American Muslims, politics is a kind of uncharted territory that begins and ends at the polls. The Muslim community is still in the embryonic stages of the political system. We have yet to internalize the notion that politics and re...

As an American Muslim

by Dr. Arif Ahmad, The Moderate Voice I can keep my eyes closed and report that all is hunky-dory, that all is well just because nothing untoward has happened to me yet. Or I can be honest. The war has come home and in a bad way, for such is the nature of this beast and the price is being asked of and paid by those having nothing to do with it. As it happens in such scenarios, the scale of the problem gets exaggerated several times over as in the number of deaths in America from terrorism is still a tiny fraction of those from gun violence. With all due respect, would the dead have known or cared for the difference? Victims remain victims and why are we choosing between them? Whichever way I slice it, this is not just a rhetoric anymore. The American Muslims a...

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