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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: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Inquirer Daily News on March 8th, 2017 Get to know a Muslim As an American Muslim attorney, I am aggrieved to see this revised executive order preventing migration from six Muslim-majority nations (“Travel Ban 2.0,” Tuesday). I support security measures that target extremism, but stigmatizing an

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: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Washington Times on March 2nd, 2017 As a Muslim I condemn the cruel recent vandalism on a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia (“Outpouring of community help for vandalized Jewish cemetery,” Web, Feb. 28). Ahmadi Muslims, of which I am one, are guided by the khalifa of Islam,

Reading Time: 2 minutes“And keep thyself attached to those who call on their Lord, morning and evening, seeking His pleasure; and let not thy eyes pass beyond them, seeking the adornment of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows

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: 5 minutesOriginally published in The Huffington Post The long, taxing, and often uncomfortable 2016 Presidential race has finally concluded. And although the majority of voters (52.5%) did not get the result they wanted, we now have a President-elect in Donald J. Trump who will be sworn into the office of the

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

Reading Time: 5 minutesOriginally Published in The Michigan Daily  January 31st, 2017 Shortly after the inaugural address, the Obamas and the Trumps descended the steps of the Capitol building in a beautiful display of peaceful transitioning. Chills came over me as I remembered descending those very steps in the summer of 2012 as a

Reading Time: 1 minutesOriginally Published in The Baltimore Sun In 1974, the Pakistani government declared Ahmadi Muslims, a minority sect of Islam, as non-Muslims. Ever since, Ahmadi Muslims have been victims of mosque burnings, massacres, targeted killings and other atrocities. Ahmadis in Pakistan are banned from reading the Quran, banned from calling their