Muslim branch seeks to explain controversial position

One of the area's smaller Muslim communities, persecuted in some parts of the world, is taking part in a national campaign called Muhammad Messenger of Peace. The Ahmadiyya community wants to explain the structured knowledge system of Islam, the Quran, the Hadith (the collected sayings of Muhammad), and the collected wisdom of Islamic scholars over the [...]

2013-03-07T01:55:44+00:00 News|

Can Atheists and Muslims Support Freedom of Conscience Together?

Thomas Jefferson once wrote: “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” For many of us, it’s easy to appreciate Jefferson’s eloquently stated advocacy of religious freedom of conscience, as well as the idea that all [...]

2013-03-05T01:01:14+00:00 Op-Ed|

Prophet Muhammad’s Rules of War

As the volatility between Israel and Gaza continues to transform, one constant remains: rising “collateral damage.” Unrest in Israel traces back six decades but the concept of collateral damage stretches back several millennia. And while in modern times we are allegedly “more civilized,” 11-month-old Omar Masharawi’s funeral, three dead Israelis, and a horrifying 120 killed [...]

2012-11-20T19:39:02+00:00 Op-Ed|

Muslims can vote to reduce Islamophobia

My first exposure to voting was in 11th grade when my teacher gave us voting registration forms in our government class. She wanted to let us know voting allowed everyone to have a say in who and how this country runs. It is time Muslim-Americans join other groups in America to elect individuals who can [...]

2012-10-20T01:04:20+00:00 Op-Ed|

Freedom of Speech: The Price Can Be High

My 10-year-old sister published her first Letter to the Editor in the Columbus Dispatch -- with the help of her big brother, of course. She had innocently expressed her dismay at the unbecoming conduct of some Disney Channel stars who were supposed to be her role models. She gazed in awe as I pulled up the letter [...]

2012-10-04T01:22:16+00:00 Op-Ed|