Op-eds

Reading Time: 3 minutesOriginally Published on BeliefNet on May 29th, 2017 On Monday, ISIL claimed responsibility for another terrorist attack, this time in the great city of Manchester, England. We do not know for sure if so called Muslims committed this terrorist attack but we should condemn all terrorist attacks no matter who

Reading Time: 3 minutesOriginally Published in OnFaith on May 29th, 2017      The week following September 11th was a sad and tense time for us at the Portland Rizwan Mosque. Not only had we experienced the same shock and horror from the attacks as any other American, but we also had the

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally published at Cleveland.com Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 14,. As an American Ahmadi Muslim who has seen some of the many prevailing stereotypes regarding the status of women in Islam, I would like to highlight the status Islam confers upon mothers. The Holy Quran states, “Worship

Reading Time: 4 minutesOriginally Published on Beliefnet  In the first week of May 2017, nearly 300 young Muslim men from the US went to visit the Khalifa of Islam, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad in London, UK. The event was organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association USA. Mirza Masroor Ahmad is the

Reading Time: 5 minutesOriginally Published in Patheos  We’ve all seen the tragic images of children killed or injured in the Syrian civil war. An estimated 55,000 children have been killed in the fighting. This is among the hundreds of thousands total casualties of civilian deaths. Less known are the thousands that have died

Reading Time: 5 minutesOriginally Published on Patheos on April 7th, 2017 by Imam Azam Akram As a Muslim Imam (Religious Minister), I find myself in a bind each time an atrocious act against Humanity is committed. Whether it is an act of terror or an act of injustice. That is because my eight

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

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

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