Op-eds

by Naseer Syed Originally Published in The Star Press on March 3rd, 2018 Seventeen kids were murdered at a high school in Parkland, Florida.  Three days later, less than 50 miles away at a gun show, hundreds thought buying more weapons was the appropriate response. Give it another week or two, and

Originally Published in The Caludron  Many Americans feel that our country faces an existential threat from Muslims and the entire religion of Islam. A hard look at historical data will provide us with a different story. As a Muslim-American, I am inclined to believe that Islam is not a problem

Originally Published in Patheos on February 26th, 2018 The Florida shooting is yet another deadly attack on our nation. As an Ahmadi Muslim, I sympathize with the victims and their family members and offer them a sincere condolence. The worsening disconnect between the needs of the nation and the left

Originally Published in Patheos on February 26th, 2018 There was an article recently by a friend on how a representative of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) supported a hate rally in Virginia recently; a reader commented that American Muslims need a better mainstream representative. The problem is that

Originally Published in Beliefnet on February 26th, 2018 As a resident of central Ohio, I am saddened by the loss of our fellow Westerville Police officers who were killed in a line of duty recently. I am also saddened of the seventeen victims of the Parkland shooting. In both situations

Originally Published in the Huffington Post on December 6th, 2017 Victims hid under dead bodies, attackers ambushed ambulances, and over 305 people were killed. Nearly forty gunmen unleashed a vicious attack upon the al-Rawda mosque, utilizing multiple bombs, rocket-propelled grenades, and strategic ambush locations against first responders. The victims were Muslims,

Originally Published in Arkansas Democrat Gazette on February 10th, 2018 by Hameed Naseem It is widely believed in the West that Islam stands in opposition to women’s rights. However, even a cursory study of the Holy Quran leaves a strong impression that Islam treats women just the same as men,

Originally Published in Medium on January 15th, 2018 by Faris Hayee Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister. He was the leader of the non-violent civil rights movement aimed to end segregation and discrimination. It all started in March of 1955, when fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give

Originally Published in The Patch on January 15th, 2018 1400 years ago, Prophet Muhammad heralded the “Promised Land” that MLK envisioned for America. 129 years ago, Messiah Ahmad brought it back. I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the Rejected, In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Ever

Originally Published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer on January 7th, 2018 Even though I am passionately against many of the policies of which President Trump is a proponent, I pray every day that Trump succeeds as our president. This practice is part of the character of many religious people in America