The Islamic State group is not part of Islam


Originally published on the Pittsburgh Post Gazette I was extremely saddened and hurt when I found out about the attacks in Paris and Beirut, which resulted in the loss of more than 170 lives. The perpetrators did this under the guise of Islam and by loudly proclaiming “Allaho Akbar,” which literally means God is the greatest. But their actions were brutal, inhumane and of a very low standard. My...

Terror in the Midwest


Originally published in The Orange County Register As a Muslim, I offer my deepest condolences to victims of a shooting that targeted Jews outside a Jewish community center and senior-living facility in Kansas [“3 shot to death at Jewish center, retirement enclave,” News, April 14]. Terrorism has no race or religion and should be condemned in all of its ugly forms. May God give comfort to the...