Muslims celebrate spirit of Juneteenth


Originally published in The Buffalo News I must admit that, until recently, I was unaware of the American celebration known as Juneteenth. I suspect the same holds true for other Americans. But given its history and meaning, it didn’t take long to get excited about this somewhat obscure celebration. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, celebrates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in...

Where Omer Aziz Goes Wrong: A Look at the History of Early Islam and the Caliphate


  As a devout Muslim who doesn’t believe Islam needs to be reformed, but instead Muslims themselves, some of Omer Aziz’s words in What ISIS Really Is are agreeable – that ISIS is not Islam, that Islam is not a monolith, and that many factors come to play when discussing extremist organizations. However, with his cliffhanger questioning regarding the nature of Islam and his subtle jabs...