Muslims and American Politics: Creating Unity from the Inside Out 2

In examining the cases of two former Muslim congressional candidates, Riaz Hussain of New York and Bill Quraishi of California, one sees the vehemence with which some conserva¬tive Muslims, particularly immigrant Muslims, believe in the separation of Muslims from American culture, including politics. Both candidates sought Muslims’ votes, but conservative Islamic groups disliked the candidates’ “accommodations to Western cul¬ture,” specifically ... Read More »

Muslims and American Politics: Creating Unity from the Inside Out

The Ayatollah Khomeini once said, “Islam is politics or it is nothing.” I don’t know what he meant, but I know that for American Muslims the question is, what kind of politics? It is almost unreasonable to expect all Muslims to agree on any¬thing considering their diversity, ethnic and political. Diversity is not death in politics, but it makes issues ... Read More »

Growing Up in America: Creating New World Islam 7

Besides teaching Arabic, Qur’anic studies, prayer, and other aspects of practicing Islam, Islamic schools are also different from many other American schools in that the teacher-student ratio is small, creating a familial environment. In addition, the atmosphere is more disciplined and supportive because of the small class size. At first, Islamic schools had some difficulty in gaining enrollment because they ... Read More »

Growing Up in America: Creating New World Islam 6

CLOSE-UP Whither Reform Islam? What American Muslims Can Learn from American Jews A plausible model of adjustment to American life is an assimila¬tion similar to the kind American Jews have experienced. Some feel that the creation of Reform Judaism was the greatest cata¬lyst to Jews’ assimilation, but a similar outcome is not possible for American Muslims. When Rabbi Isaac Mayer ... Read More »

Growing Up in America: Creating New World Islam 5

If American Muslims openly condone premarital sex among their children, then they will have to deal with Muslim guilt. This will be hard; some Muslim men, particularly male members of NOI, are consumed with the idea of preserving their daughters’ and sisters’ virginity. They will have to convince themselves that abstinence and preservation of a women’s virginity are not the ... Read More »

Growing Up in America: Creating New World Islam 4

In Britain, Pakistani women who refuse to marry boys their families pick for them are so severely punished, sometimes burnt with acid or beaten, and threatened that they run away from home. Families hire bounty hunters to find them and send them immediately to Pakistan. Officials find these cases “alarmingly common.” We certainly don’t want what’s happening in Britain to ... Read More »

Growing Up in America: Creating New World Islam 3

Especially when, fourth, I had noticed that many young Muslim women I knew who had dated and had premarital sex with Muslims and non-Muslims were now marrying nice Muslim men. They became acquainted with these boys by dating them, and now they’re marrying them. Good girls like me were, as Tom Petty once sang, “sitting home with broken hearts” and ... Read More »

Growing Up in America: Creating New World Islam 2

In coming years, the American Muslim community will be strengthened by this ability to communicate so directly and so often. Cyberlslam can be a great support system for American Muslims, with Frequently Asked Questions posted on websites like www.theprophetonline.com or E-mail to hadith@sunna.com. A global, electronic ulema will probably emerge. Already, we have excellent Islamic websites like www.islam.org, which provides ... Read More »

Growing Up in America: Creating New World Islam

As with all communities, each subgroup within Islam has its own culturally enhanced idea of what aspects of Islam are most important. Of course, we all agree on the basic tenets of Islam, such as the Five Pillars and the Five Articles of Faith; we agree that there is one God and that Muhammad is his messenger. However, despite those ... Read More »

American Muslim Women: Between Two Worlds 8

Why couldn’t I explain myself to Kevin, though? Westerners like him tolerate everything in their society: drug-users, drunks, smelly friends who scare away customers. They are open to those practicing alternative lifestyles. We criticize the International Olympic Committee for having rules against marijuana that dis-criminate against snowboarders. Yet why are we so averse to hijab when we celebrate nearly everything ... Read More »