Op-eds

Reading Time: 5 minutesOriginally Published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer on March 10th, 2017 NORTH CANTON, Ohio — It’s easier to blur the lines about what is and what isn’t acceptable speech about a certain group of people if they are just an abstract concept. This situation prevails in America, in which, when

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Reading Time: 5 minutesOriginally posted by The Michigan Daily. It’s almost inarguable that today’s political climate is polarizing. But another polarizing sub-climate is among activists who desire social change. During a classic 2 a.m. conversation in the Fishbowl, a friend and I came to a conclusion. There are two prominent styles among those who mobilize

Reading Time: 3 minutesOriginally Published in Sentinel & Enterprise Hundreds of tombstones were vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia over the weekend. Hearing about this was both shocking and upsetting. As a Muslim American, I condemn this cowardly act and pray that the culprits be brought to justice. With the wave of bomb

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Reading Time: 4 minutesOriginally published by The Jerusalem Post Our nation faces a real crisis of neighbors becoming strangers. We know more about world events but less about each other. Jewish cemetery vandalized in St. Louis, swastikas show up in a New York City subway, over 100 tombstones damaged at a Jewish cemetery in

Reading Time: 10 minutesOriginally Published in Patheos Someone recently emailed asking if I could explain certain teachings of Islam. I googled what he wrote and found that he had entirely copy pasted his objections from the following website: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/violence.aspx. Obviously basing your understanding of Islam on an anti-Islamic website is not an academically

Reading Time: 4 minutesOriginally published in TIME (Nov 10, 2016) One of the high marks of Islam that Prophet Muhammad taught is that loyalty to your country is part of your faith. I can sympathize with the anger and fear that many have about a Donald Trump presidency: I’m a person of color; I’m

Reading Time: 6 minutesOriginally published on Dec 29, 2016 in “The Huffington Post“ By Amer Aziz I wasn’t all that surprised. Even before election night, I had come across the odd Muslim boldly declaring their intention to vote for Donald Trump. And so, I thought, given Trump’s anti-Muslim image, for every openly pro-Trump

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Reading Time: 6 minutesOriginally published in The Huffington Post My uncle passed away in Pakistan last week.  But because of serious threats for my criticism of religious extremism in my motherland, I was unable to travel back for his funeral. For fellow Americans, I am a Muslim, a physician and a human rights activist.

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Reading Time: 5 minutesOriginally published in Patheos My dear son, Assalaamo Alaikum With all that’s going on, it’s time for a father-son talk.  A lot of people are saying Muslims are bad.  I want you to know you’ve done nothing wrong and have no reason to be ashamed.  You see, sometimes we adults forget

Reading Time: 3 minutesOriginally Published in OnFaith  Growing up as a Brown Muslim in Central PA in the early 90s, I was so rare that I thought I was white like everyone else. But 9/11 made sure I knew I wasn’t. While I grieved like any other American, many Americans didn’t see me