Murder in the name of Islam: Guest commentary

Another act of terrorism rips through the headlines but this one hits far too close to home. I stand witness as murder and mayhem are committed in Islam’s name against members of my community. Like most of my fellow Americans, I feel deeply pained for the fallen victims and their families. My thoughts and prayers [...]

2015-12-04T01:57:49-05:00 Op-Ed|

Why Don’t Moderate Muslims Denounce Terrorism?

They do. But it doesn't make the news. Bad news, such as terrorist attacks, is news. Good news is not. Immediately after the San Bernardino shootings, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, said, "The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted [...]

2015-12-04T01:03:07-05:00 Op-Ed|

Muhammed Chaudhry: Giving thanks for an extraordinary mother

Just five weeks earlier we were laughing and arguing as mother and son often do. But on Oct. 22, 2015 I hugged my mother, Amatul Karim Nusrat Chaudhry, for the last time.  On Sept. 14 all appeared well. On Sept. 17 we discovered end stage cancer in her liver, rapidly spreading throughout her abdomen. By [...]

2015-11-26T12:36:26-05:00 Op-Ed|

Challenging The ISIS And Islamophobe Narrative On Islam

In the wake of the recent Paris attacks, new atheist writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali is screaming out at her loudest again. "Islam needs reform," she insists. But is she right? We must understand that Muslims are not a monolith. They come in all colors and sects. I, for instance, identify with the Ahmadiyya sect of [...]

2015-11-20T12:41:47-05:00 Op-Ed|

Islam stands for peace, not violence

Another day, another terrorist attack orchestrated by the perverted group called ISIS. The religion to which I adhere, Islam, stands for peace. It is once again under the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons. How could ISIS justify the Paris attack, which killed nearly 150 innocent souls, and the Beirut bombing last week as [...]

2015-11-19T12:50:32-05:00 Op-Ed|