Archive for February 2012

The Quest for "Oneness" in a Diverse (and Divided) World

In the Name of the Kind and Beautiful Precious Beloved This was published on Beliefnet.   In our day and age, many are trying to “be different.” Whether in a singing competition, or anywhere else, many people value being different. Indeed, diversity is very important, and it is – in fact – a miracle of... Read more »

Looking for Terrorists in All the Wrong Places

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful  Let us leave aside, for the moment, the fact that spying on a community that is innocent of any criminal activity is wrong. Let us leave aside, for the moment, that assuming an entire community is guilty for the crimes of a tiny element in its... Read more »

Good Riddance

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Good riddance. The notorious “underwear bomber” was sentenced to life in prison for his attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane in 2009. “I carried with me an explosive device to avenge the killing of innocent Muslims,” the bomber said in a statement. He also added... Read more »

When A Star Passes On

In the Name of God, the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Whitney Houston was laid to rest today in a star-studded funeral in her hometown in New Jersey. I still remember precisely where I was when the news first broke that she had passed away: in my parents kitchen. I was truly shocked, not the least... Read more »

Are Muslims Supposed to "Kill All the Infidels"? (Part II)

Last time, we discussed how the principle of fighting in Islam is in self-defense and cited the violent opposition on the part of the Meccan oligarchy to the message of the Prophet Muhammad (pubh). Now, let us discuss verse 9:5, the infamous “Verse of the Sword,” directly. Given the discussion in the previous article, we... Read more »

Let the Blogger Go Free

Here we go again: a Saudi writer and blogger has been arrested in Riyadh after being deported from Malaysia. Apparently he tweeted things that were disrespectful to the Prophet Muhammad. I read the tweets, where he said: On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been... Read more »

Are Muslims Supposed to "Kill All the Infidels"? (Part I)

Now that we understand that it is not proper to call all non-Muslims “infidels,” is it all moot? Does it all not matter because, as I have been told time and again, Islam calls for the murder of non-Muslims? I mean this perception is so pervasive and entrenched in the minds of many people. “Well,”... Read more »

Who Are the "Infidels"?

The debate generated by my first post was very important, and I appreciated every comment made. One of the (many) misconceptions about Islam, brought out in some of the comments, is Islam’s attitude toward “non-believers.” Many people, including some Muslims, think that Islam demands that Muslims “hate” non-Muslims, or that Muslims should even “kill” non-Muslims.... Read more »

Of Santorum, Islam, and the "God of Abraham"

Recently, presidential candidate Rick Santorum was at an event during which he said this: “Where do you think this concept of equality comes from? It doesn’t come from Islam. It doesn’t come from the East and Eastern religions…It comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that’s where it comes from.” I had to... Read more »

Happy to Be Here

Just joined the ChicagoNow community, and I am happy to be here. I look forward to sharing the American Muslim experience, with a Chicago flavor. And I know there will be a lot to talk about, especially given this is an election year, where I know we American Muslims will feature front and center in... Read more »