Defining MUSLIM AMERICAN IDENTITY:

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?

Washington Post Religion 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?

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), nazir.khaja@gmail.com 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...

Hypocracy in the name of God

Hypocrisy in the name of God and Same gender marriages Aslam Abdullah 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...

Supreme Court Sides with Muslim Woman who was denied a job

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...

How can we have peace on earth?

Dr. Barkat Charania By finding peace loving leaders like President Barack Obama Leadership of the world: All the mature leaders of different countries of the world have a large role to play in world peace. Their anger, displeasure or even misunderstanding may mean quarrel, war and even death of thousands of people as we can see from history. We are fortunate to have Barack Obama as president of the US. He has always leaned heavily in favor of world peace. And his peace prone posture has also helped many other leaders of the world to be more onto peace agenda in past six years. Nobel peace prize: Barely a few months after being in office as president of the US, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced in October 2009 that president Bar...

9 things you should know about the Women’s Mosque of America…and Muslim women in general.

(Editors Note: Your opinions count in regard to new questions such as women's mosque.To register comments, please go to the bottom, type them and click submit comments.It is that simple.) M. Hasna Maznavi, Huffington Post This past January, as global praise and media coverage poured in surrounding The Women's Mosque of America's first Friday jumma'a (congregational) prayer services, I started to pick up on something hidden beneath all the congratulations: "Good for you! It was a long time coming! You finally showed them!" Hold up. Who the heck is "them?!" Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men. As tempting as it may be to believe that we Muslim women are a monolithic-...

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Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?

Stephen Evans, BBC News Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build a place where they can all worship. The House of One, as it is being called, will be a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof. An architecture competition has been held and the winner chosen. The striking design is for a brick building with a tall, square central tower. Off the courtyard below will be the houses of worship for the three faiths - the synagogue, the church and the mosque. It is to occupy a prominent site - Petriplatz - in the heart of Berlin. The location is highly significant, according to one of the three religious leaders involved, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin. "From my Jewish point of view the city where Jewish suffering was plan...

Rep. Keith Ellison: Unrest comes from ‘affluent’ trying to keep control

Ben Kamisar, The Hill. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Thursday that the riots and blight in West Baltimore are a result of "the affluent" using the justice system to keep "control" over the poor and working classes. “Excessive police force and staggering unemployment work together because what we’ve done in the United States is that we’ve said that the affluent part of our society is going to demand more tax breaks, more wealth, more privilege, leaving less for the less fortunate,” he said during an interview on CNN’s “New Day.” “The way we keep the less fortunate in control is policing and prisons — that’s the unfortunate formula that we’ve constructed.” Wednesday saw another relatively calm night in Baltimore, which on Monday faced in...

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