Archive for July, 2016

News & Analysis (7/13/16)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

“May used the Human Rights Convention she scorned as a means to halt the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the US – while allowing that of Talha Ahsan. Both had Asperger’s Syndrome. Both were charged of roughly the same crime. But Ahsan was a Muslim”:

The Dawah movement is especially appealing to Arab youth:

Islamophobic sentiments have increased in Europe, seemingly because of the perceived “threat” of migrants…

…, but perceived preservation of culture seems to also play a role:

Many smaller news websites claimed that UNESCO evaluated world religions for ‘peacefulness.’ This body says it made no such proclamation:

“We are trying to tell average Americans this is who we are, and we do not condone (terrorism):”

An argument against the Blasphemy laws in Pakistan, and that “we should understand that there is no compulsion in Islam:”

Using Qur’anic principles, this Malaysian author argues for increased faith, but including acceptance of different beliefs, emphasizing the right to judge religious principles for oneself, and not to leave it to “experts:”

“Fayyaz Ali, 39, is Muslim and has two dogs. He thinks the leaflets are a scam to incite hatred in the community, and he said no Muslim organisation would post such leaflets”:

News & Analysis (7/11/16)

Monday, July 11th, 2016

The University Chaplain of Duke University makes a statement in support of Black Americans and their struggle for justice in the United States, including a call for reform within the Muslim ummah in general and within Muslim Student Associations in particular:

Despite all the seemingly ubiquitous Islamophobic Rhetoric, a Brookings Institution poll shows the American perception of Muslims is improving, especially in the wake of the Orlando attack:

A former member of the religious police in Saudi Arabia is interviewed about religion in the kingdom. Other figures are also consulted:

Yet again, the niqab becomes an object of debate in Western countries. This time, allowing it to be a reason for the termination of employment:

In Australia, a Muslim woman has been elected to parliament for the first time, and the second Muslim overall:

These girls describe the multi-faceted issues of acceptance many young American Muslims face, through slam poetry:

The ICJ ruling “that Israel’s wall, as well as its settlements, violate the Fourth Geneva Convention … helps to underscore the prejudicial nature of the discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Western mainstream media and particularly in the U.S.”:

“It is difficult with some of these countries to know exactly what is government funding and what is not when you are dealing with royal families, wealthy princes and those kind of things”:

“In practice, the law will affect liberal groups almost exclusively because hawkish groups in Israel largely rely on donations from wealthy individuals, which are exempt”:

News & Analysis (7/9/16)

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Russia’s new law attempting to stop terror, is a significant affront to freedom. This includes a crackdown on “missionary” activity: including sharing religion outside church:

A far-right party in Britain is labeling British Muslim politicians as extremist “occupiers:”

Some Turkish citizens are calling out the popular televangelists for their lavish lifestyle and Ramadan hauls:

Sing Sing prison in New York is regarded by many prisoners as quite accommodating to Ramadan requirements…

…However, in some prisons in Britain discrimination is increasing:

A Muslim mother discusses raising her child in the United States and worrying about him feeling left out by not having a Christmas tree:

News & Analysis (7/7/16)

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Images of Eid celebrations “as worldwide displacement reaches an all-time high, with Muslim-majority Syria being the largest driver of displacement” …

… and violations of the Eid truce have already been reported:

Tony Blair stands by his decision to bring Britain into the Iraq invasion despite a thorough British government inquiry finding it to have been a bad choice:

This piece of analysis puts much of the news into perspective, namely, that Islam has not always been the “enemy” of America:

Can Islam’s reverence for motherhood put an end to the “takfiri” horror? The bombing of Medina, like the matricide of the woman who refused to let her sons fight in Syria demonstrates the anti-Islamic nature of terrorism:

“ISIS is not about submitting to Islam. Rather, ISIS is of the persuasion that you must either solely submit to ISIS, or die.” The article also includes images from Muslims and allies as to why they “challenge Islamophobia:”

“Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the [New America Foundation] defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims:”

This author believes that the ruling elite in Muslim countries are corrupt. She hopes that this Eid will be more than a ritual, and rather will usher in efforts for justice. This starts with everyone looking within themselves:

President Sall freed petty criminals as well as some political prisoners before Eid:

France debates whether allowing Muslim students to take their exams a day after Eid constitutes a violation of secularism:

 

News & Analysis (7/6/2016)

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

“Through its monstrous acts, ISIL has long taken Rumsfeld’s ‘shock and awe’ doctrine and extended it to terrorise Muslims into submission to its bloody barbarism:”

People are still left questioning the divergence in responses between terror attacks. A Muslim-American journalist expresses her “faith in the power of words to decrease the empathy gap between Muslim deaths and non-Muslim deaths”:

Australia is just one example of how resurgent world-wide right-wing populism targets Islam:

A book about Muslims in the suburbs has some observations known to American Muslims, but so often unfathomed by the media. It shows that they create “Third Spaces:” where ideas and cultures blend, well beyond the masjid:

Dudley, Massachusetts to Muslims: Bury your dead in Connecticut:

 

News & Analysis (7/4/16)

Monday, July 4th, 2016

“I am a Muslim and I advocate for human rights worldwide. I love my headscarf dearly, and I respect women who decide to protest topless. Simply, because Islam taught me not to judge others”:

It has proven easy to tune out the violence against the innocent civilians of Iraq:

Three suicide bombs went off in Saudi Arabia, two in Qatif, and one outside the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. Six people were killed in the latter attack:

CAIR in Florida is taking the response to extremism and Islamophobia into their own hands, by being vigilant. They are skeptical of the governments effectiveness in either field:

The racialization of Muslims as dark-skinned Middle Easterners. is demonstrated by the fact that those that fit that stereotype are profiled and face attacks, no matter their religion:

Not all Muslims in China have the same status as those in Xinxiang. A semi-autonomous region of Han Chinese Muslims with a good relationship to the Communist Party enjoy increased religious freedom:

“Khalidi divides Muslim thinkers into those who regard the Koran as the end of knowledge and those who regard it as the beginning of knowledge. The Koran should be used to question the world, ‘to confront its mysteries’:

News & Analysis (7/2/16)

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

The debate over the government’s report on the number of civilian deaths from drone strikes is exemplified by the dispute over whether young men of military age are automatically presumed to be combatants:

A terror attack on a Bangladesh bakery popular with foreigners has highlighted concerns over the Bangladeshi government’s ineffectiveness in the face of extremist Islamist attacks:

This article illustrates the tendency to see Muslims as responsible for terrorism, even when they constitute the majority of the victims and argues that there is no inherent conflict between Islam and “the West”:

Holding all Muslims suspect for the actions of a few is unfair and against freedom. The small community of Muslims is targeted for surveillance despite the fact there has been no Muslim terrorist attack:

The Chicago Police, a force already mired in controversy, last year arrested a Muslim woman, for no apparent reason. She was just cleared of any wrongdoing by a court, but now the police have to answer:

From the perspective of American converts to Islam, the crux of the religion is a personal relationship with God, who has no partners, and gives their soul peace. This runs contrary to typical media portrayals of what Islam is: