Promoting a Culture of Peace in an Age of Violence

We live in an age when violence is rampant. If we did away with all the various classifications of violence that reduce its perceived volume; terrorism, mass killings, homicides, manslaughter, war, insurgencies, rebellions, preemptive wars and so on and so forth, and clubbed them...

Orlando Massacre and Challenges for America and Muslims

The mass shooting in Orlando this week underscores several serious challenges that we as a society must face. The three most important ones in my view are homophobia, radicalism and gun violence. But before I explore these critical issues, let me first address the legions of...

Tourk served Muslim community and beyond

The phone rang early in the morning and as usual I reached for it with a fearful heart. For the last 15 years I have been waking up to such calls, often from BBC, to comment on some tragedy or the other in the Muslim World. This was the first week of August 2014 and for a change...

Terror in Brussels: A Muslim Response

“By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer! By Allah, he is not a believer. One whose neighbour does not feel safe from his evil” — Prophet Muhammad. A Muslim response to the terror attacks in Brussels Once again terrorism has rocked a major global city. The...

This Is What Happens When Modernity Fails All of Us

How can we wrap our minds around the perverse appeal of ISIS to youth growing up in modern, liberal and democratic societies of the West? What is it that compels a young woman in Paris or a well-established young professional in California to eschew the fruits of modernity and...

Turkey at a Crossroads After the Ankara Bombing

The news of the horrible attack that killed nearly a hundred peace activists in Ankara on October 10th came as a punch in the gut! By now most people are used to shocking and violent events in the Middle East and with each event we are getting more and more desensitized to...

American Muslims should welcome same-sex marriage ruling

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court extended marriage rights to same-sex couples in all 50 states. The shift toward acceptance of gays and lesbians has generated a muted debate among American Muslims. That there has been no knee-jerk reaction to the ruling is a testimony to...

Racism in America and Islam: Remembering Bilal

“I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Slavery is America’s original sin. It was there from the beginning. While the civil war eventually abolished it, what remains is an insidious, institutionalized and pervasive racism that has persisted in spite of the triumph of...