By: Omar Shahid
One of the signs of the end times, according to Islam, is the inversion of reality – in other words, things being upside-down. For Muslims, there is nothing that more obviously illustrates this than Islam being made to appear bad to the world. For the first time in the history of our faith, an extremist fringe has hijacked the religion and is dominating the headlines, causing havoc and creating a global crisis.
It seems like every violent incident in Jerusalem could spark another massive flare-up in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But what are the policies keeping the city on edge?
Countering Violent Extremism with Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, from a workshop at the United States Institute of Peace. There’s also a Q&A after 54 minutes.
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An Open Letter to Atheist Muslims
By: Joe Bradford
Dear Self Described Atheist Muslims, Let’s start with what I am not going to do.
I am not going to accuse you of never knowing anything about Islam. Most of you have grown up in Muslim families, attended Muslim Sunday school, gone to Muslim summer camp, etc. You know the drill and the day to day of what many Muslims experience, especially in a communal sense. Also, I will not accuse you of being sympathetic to the bigotry and hatred projected towards Muslims. Despite your self-declared apostasy and atheism, I am sure that when you are in line in the airport, pulled over for a minor traffic violation, or opening an account at a bank, you are wholly identified as an “other” and your “Muslimy” name doesn’t help you in the least. I get it. You are still, like it or not, culturally tied to the community that you have identified with much of your life, despite now rejecting the faith that that community holds dear.
A female driver was pulled over in Indiana for not wearing her seat belt. What happened next? Police officers forcibly removed her passenger from the car by smashing the window and using a Taser gun. Now the family’s suing Hammond police for using excessive force. The passenger’s 14-year-old son recorded the incident on his mobile phone. The Hammond Police Department issued a two-page response saying the officers acted in the interest of their safety and within the law.
By: Shibli Zaman
If you are willing to forfeit your U.S. Constitutional rights in order to make those who discriminate against you feel more at ease, then you deserve their prejudice and you don’t deserve your Constitutional rights.
More than 70 people were arrested after protesters clashed with police who had evicted 200 families and housing activists from a high-rise in São Paulo, Brazil.
A group of young British Muslims launched a campaign to reject the Islamic state, whose acts of violence in recent weeks has sparked international denunciation.
Following the murder of David Haines, the latest in a series of violent murders committed by the Islamic state, the campaign was launched to urge Muslims in Britain to denounce the acts of ISIS carried in the name of Islam.
Led by Active Change Foundation, a foundation for charity based in London, the campaign #NotInMyName is launched to raise awareness against the brutality and dangers of the ISIS, calling on Muslims to stand against this group, which is “damaging Islam and Muslims”.
On the campaign’s promotional video posted on YouTube, a veiled girl said, “The ISIS does not represent Islam or any Muslim.”
Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit takes you inside the shadowy world of FBI informants and counterterrorism sting operations. Following the 9/11 attacks, the FBI set about to recruit a network of more than 15,000 informants. Al Jazeera’s investigative film tells the stories of three paid FBI informants who posed as Muslims as they searched for people interested in joining violent plots concocted by the FBI.