Letters

Reading Time: 2 minutesOriginally Published in The Concord Journal The recent school shootings in Chardon, Ohio, may prove instructive for the NYPD its controversial surveillance of mosques. The Ohio teenage shooter was described as a loaner, an outcast and a victim of bullying —qualities studies have shown are typical of such people. Such incidents

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Columbus Dispatch On Friday, Governor Christie called the  NYPD surveillance of Muslims an “abandonment of the core lesson of 9/11”. I agree. I believe that the NYPD would be better off focusing on making allies within the Muslim community, which is far less costly and far more

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Chicago Sun Times The incident of five American soldiers burning the holy Quran in Afghanistan was deplorable, but still does not justify killing of U.S. soldiers. [“Official: Mistakes led to Afghan Quran burnings, “Saturday]). As a Muslim-American who emigrated from that region, I understand why the

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Columbus Dispatch I am a Muslim-American, and the Chardon High School shooting spree last week makes me wonder whether law-enforcement agencies are focusing on the right problem. Authorities such as the New York Police Department have spent millions of dollars on controversial security surveillance programs focused

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Denver Post English is rapidly changing in our fast-paced media world. Nouns are becoming verbs and sometimes adjectives are becoming nouns. The most recent and popular of these changes surrounds today’s NFL playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. The hype around

Reading Time: 1 minutesMonday marks the 26th anniversary of the first observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While we commemorate the sacrifices this great leader made, Americans, including Muslim Americans, must remember the spirit of change that the civil rights movement embodied. The same spirit is required today to change the false

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Columbus Dispatch Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant group that claims to be Muslim claimed responsibility for several church bombings around the time of Christmas. This is the same extremist group that killed dozens of innocent Christians on the New Years bombings last year. Such inhumane acts cannot

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Columbus Dispatch Osama bin Laden’s death provided relief to many, especially Americans and Muslim-Americans such as myself. President Barack Obama made it clear that bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, but a mass murderer. The possibility of radicals mimicking bin Laden’s actions still exists, and that

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The New York Times Germany’s new interior minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, stated this week that Islam “does not belong” in Germany. He continued saying that immigrants should be aware of their host country’s “Christian origins.” By accusing Muslims of lacking knowledge of Germany’s “Christian origins,” the minister has

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Santa Clarita Valley Signal   The insane and cold-blooded attack murdering 21 innocent Christians at a church in Alexandria, Egypt is a horrific beginning to 2011. As an American Muslim, this attack is completely nonsensical, in addition to being utterly disgusting and sickening. The Quran: specifically