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There’s an Eid moon a-risin’…: The dispute over the moon sightings

Eid Mubarak! For some, Eid ul Fitr, the first day of the Islamic lunar month of Shawwal which is meant to be a celebration of a month of fasting, was today. For some, like my family, Eid ul Fitr will be tomorrow (Wednesday). Saudi Arabia celebrated today, as did Qatar and Chile. Some in the […]

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Ramadan Mubarak!

If you’re looking at the worldwide trending topics on Twitter right now and you see that phrase and have no idea what it means, I have bad news for you: it’s Creeping Shariah in action. Nah, I’m kidding (FOX News disagrees). Ramadan Mubarak means “Ramadan Congrats,” basically. Muslims worldwide are using the phrase to wish […]

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On Women

Muhammad Ali Jinnah is the man that created Pakistan. He remains a revered hero to Pakistanis, and this is a quote from a speech he made at Aligarh University, one of the subcontinent’s greatest educational institutions and landmarks. It’s located in India, but holds special meaning to many Pakistanis, because many are immigrants from the […]

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RIP, Salmaan Taseer: Repeal Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

I don’t normally do this, but recent events merit a discussion. Pakistan is split up into many provinces, one of them being Punjab. Each province has its own governor, and the governor of Punjab was Salmaan Taseer. He was recently murdered by his 26 year old bodyguard, a man by the name of Qadri. He […]

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Business Casual Superstar #343: Modern Muslimah: I Love Cranberries

You guys, I must admit, I pulled the old bait-and-switch to get you to read this post. I’m not proud of it, but desperate times call for desperate measures and in this economy, in this time of austerity and belt-tightening and adding sawdust to our meatloaves, every page view counts. You see, this post isn’t […]

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New York Post’s Andrea Peyser Has 99 Problems, and Islam is One.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the 99, a bunch of Islamic superheroes created by a Muslim psychologist. They’re based on the 99 names of Allah, all in Arabic, and half of them will be women, and some wear burqas and I believe some will not. The 99 will be fighting alongside the likes of Batman, […]

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Dear Juan Williams and Bigots: There Is No “Muslim Look.”

Check out this awesome Tumblr, Muslims Wearing Things. And understand that there is no one way that Muslims look. That’s as absurd as saying that all Jews dress a certain way, or that all gay men look a certain way. And to anyone who thinks that this is all about the battle to take PC […]

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The Best Way To Honor 9/11 Is To Donate to Park51

Yeah, I said it. I commemorated the lives lost on September 11, 2001, when I was a sophomore in high school, by donating money via PayPal to Park51. Because if that masjid – yes, I’m rejecting the damaging argument that ‘it’s not a mosque, it’s just an Islamic center!!1!’ – isn’t built, then America’s promises […]

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Burning Qur’ans: Why “An Eye For An Eye” Just Doesn’t Apply

You’ve all heard about Bishop Terry Jones of Florida, who’s threatening to burn the Qur’an on September 11, despite being roundly condemned by Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, General Petraeus (don’t you just LOVE how Greek his name is?!), and Saint Angelina Jolie. (Ooh, Terry better watch out – the Child Army is so coming after […]

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Foster Kamer: “It’s a Muslim World; America’s Just Living In It.”

I love Foster Kamer. Hat tip to Jessica Lin, my old high school buddy and currently 3L at Boston University, for introducing me to this Village Voice columnist a while back. Click here for his column, but here’s the pertinent graphic.

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