Politically Speaking, Who Am I, And What Do I Want As An American Muslim?* January 3, 2017


When the Prophet Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina, he declared that the Muslims and the rest of the inhabitants of his new home constituted an ummah. This is explicitly, not implicitly, laid out in the so-called Constitution or Ṣaḥīfah of Medina.

The Election of Donald Trump: A Referendum on Liberalism? November 13, 2016

I am not a political conservative, at least not in the American tradition of that brand. First, conservatives tend to be “no-men” who merely act as brakes on liberal progress…

And Now Medina: Beyond the Elephant’s Shadow July 9, 2016


I do not know the specific grievance that drove the suicide bomber to his despicable deed in our beloved Medina, Islam’s second holiest city. I suspect, however, that it had something to do with some perceived decline in…

After Ali: The American Muslim Community Between Principle & Interest June 15, 2016

Jackson Funeral Muhammad Ali

The funeral and memorial service of our beloved champion Muhammad Ali has inspired the American Muslim community and spawned a new sense of possibility. The explicit and heartfelt national recognition of Ali’s legacy more

The Impact of Liberalism, Secularism and Atheism On The American Mosque February 4, 2016

There are so many iterations and ‘schools’ of liberalism that it almost seems inaccurate to speak of it as a single phenomenon. But while some of the differences between the various schools of liberalism are significant, the bedrock of liberalism is the commitment to liberty, from the Latin liber, “free.”

On the Back-Breaking Jihad of Speaking Truth to Pain February 16, 2015


“Speak truth to power.” How often we hear these words, especially when power takes the side of falsehood and injustice. Yet, power, falsehood and injustice are not the only challenges to truth. Pain — emotional, psychological or spiritual — can be an equally powerful inhibitor of the will to speak the truth….