M. Akhtar, Ph.D; President, Muslim Council of America (MCA)
Lately Muslims have become like a football for the players who like to win the Super Bowl, sometime by hook or by crook. Thank God, there are rules and laws in America, that makes us feel to be proud of American heritage. Dr. Ben Carson in the presidential race for 2016 took a shot at American Muslims, saying that Muslims cannot become US President.
Doesn’t Dr. Carson know that the Article VI of the US Constitution specifically forbids a religious test as a requirement for holding a governmental position?
Does it prohibit Muslims to aspire for President’s job, simply based on one’s religion? No, that did not go very far. Sensing the wind flow, he shifted his attack and took another shot at Muslims, clai...
By Jaseem Pasha, MD
What is the most reliable criterion that one can use to define a “Muslim Identity”?
The entire Deen of Islam is focused on two Quranic principles that repetitiously emphasize that the true peace of mind comes only when a believer maintains a balanced relationship with a) Allah SWT and fulfills His Right to be revered God (Haqooq-ul-Allah) and b) the relationship with His Creation, which includes every form of life, the entire mankind and the surrounding ecosystem. The latter relationship (Haqooq-ul-Ebad) relates to God requiring every Muslim to be always mindful of one’s obligation to display love, compassion, tolerance, to show reverence of human dignity, reverence of human rights, and treating everyone fairly, and exhibit respect for the rul...
D. Andrew Kille, San Jose Interfaith Examiner
Following recent comments by Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson that he "would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation" and Donald Trump's failure to challenge a questioner's statement that "We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims," several local interreligious organizations have issued a "call for civic and religious literacy and interreligious engagement.
"Such ignorance from a person who is a serious contender for the Presidency of the United States reveals the urgent need for public education and interreligious engagement to dispel such lack of understanding about world religions and cultures and about Islam and Muslims in particular" said the interfaith leaders in their sta...
Adam Rogers, Wired
MECCA IS THE
holiest city in Islam, the storied site of key locations from the Quran and, once a year, center of the hajj, a sacred pilgrimage that brings upwards of 3 million people to Saudi Arabia from all over the world. This week Mecca was also the site of a tragedy—nearly 800 people killed in a stampede in Mina, the semi-permanent tent city that houses tens of thousands of pilgrims. It wasn’t the first time something like this has happened during the hajj, and just as before, the causes remain the same: physics and evolutionary psychology.
This isn’t a new problem. One of the first documented human stampedes happened in 1896, at the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II outside Moscow; 1,000 people died after rumors spr...
, San Antonio Express News
Fourteen grim anniversaries separated from Sept. 11, 2001, some memories still come in high definition, like flashes of a strobe light. An email from my deputy I read at home, five minutes before the first plane struck in New York: “Very little of note happening.”
Headed in to the White House and seeing American Airlines Flight 77 on a low trajectory toward the Pentagon. Meeting with President George W. Bush a day later and hearing him say, for the first time, “We are at war.”
All of official Washington rising to sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” at the National Cathedral. Sitting with Bush when the draft of an ultimatum to the Taliban was walked into the Oval Office — return falsely imprisoned Americans, clo...
Defining MUSLIM AMERICAN IDENTITY: A preview into how it would unfold in generations to come and how to capitalize on it
Mohammad Akhtar, Ph.D
President, Muslim Council of America
Preamble : Islam as a unifying basis for Americanization? Muslim migrants came to USA predominantly about half a century ago. They showed remarkable adaptation to American ways within a decade or so after their arrival, when it came to perform in their jobs very much like Americans in their efficient handling and in American mannerism. Beyond that, have they become American at heart so to speak? Very sluggishly and very little indeed, which is quite normal . In our case, the big barrier to Americanization as Muslims mistakenly think is Islam, but actually underneath it is the same native old culture as is i...
Are Americans ready for a Muslim president? New poll suggests maybe
By Julie Poucher Harbin | Religion News Service July 14,2015
A recently released Gallup poll found “tidal shifts” over the past 60 years in Americans’ willingness to support a well-qualified black, female, Catholic or Jewish candidate for president.
But the study also found that 60 percent of Americans would be willing to vote for a president who was a “generally well-qualified person who happened to be Muslim.”
Throughout the month of Ramadan, which concludes Thursday (July 16), American Muslims have been serving their communities — including raising more than $80,000 for black churches burned across the South and serving 1,000 homeless on Skid Row i...
There is Islamophobia , yes! But what about Muslims and their presentation of lslam?
Nazir Khaja , M.D
Chairman of Islamic Information Service, Board Member of Muslim Council of America (MCA), firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Note: we are keen on our presentation of Islam not just in the present article, that is at the high and visionary level for which Dr khaja is good and is well known for many years, but we like your evaluation also of other articles in this issue and all other issues. Please go to the Comments sections and fee...
Hypocrisy in the name of God and Same gender marriages
Director of islamic Center, Las Vegas
The US supreme court's decision to legalize same gender marriages has sent shock waves in the religious world. It seems, so say the pious people, that the throne on which He sits is shaking. Some people are predicting the coming of the dooms day and some people are suggesting that the punishment meted out to Sodom and Gomorrah would inflict upon Americans and their allies soon. Some people are suggesting that pious religious people should leave the country, some are even suggesting to revolt. They assert that Shaitan, (devil) has completely overtaken the country and God is ultimately subdued.
Among Muslims the issue is even more serious. Clerics are fuming and average person i...
Note by Mohammad Akhtar, President of MCA.
It gives us great satisfaction to publish in the following the report of victory of a Muslim woman who went to the Supreme Court to defend her right based on her religion and got the verdict reversed in her favor. More important than anything, it makes Muslims at large feel proud of being American. it is the country we salute and love which stands for a principle and defends an insignificant woman against the powerful and gigantic corporation- Abercrombie & Fitch and restores her right to wear Hijab if that is what her religion is.
Supreme Court Sides With Muslim Abercrombie Job Applicant over Head Scarf--2nd Update
BY Dow Jones & Company, Inc. 1:31 PM ET 06/01/2015
WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court on Monday said a Muslim woman who applied...