May America Be True to Her Dream

By Nihad Awad [Nihad Awad is national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. He may be contacted at nawad@cair.com.] This Fourth of July weekend, friends and families around the country will gather together to celebrate the freedoms we cherish as Americans, those for which countless generations have struggled and sacrificed so much.  We celebrate our freedom from oppression, freedom to practice our religion,

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The Reality of Islamophobia in America

By Corey Saylor Word count: 745 Thirty-seven groups dedicated to spreading anti-Islam prejudice in America enjoyed access to at least $119,662,719 in total revenue between 2008 and 2011, according to a new report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR’s report finds that Islamophobia in America has resulted in a certain willingness to undermine the Constitution. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution prohibits any “religious test” for public office. However, in 2010 Time reported

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Muslims Mark 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Nihad Awad Word Count: 618 In one of his most famous statements, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” On the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, it is time to reflect on Dr. King’s words and examine where we stand as a nation on the issues of justice and mutual understanding. Dr. King’s struggle for justice must be carried on by Americans of all

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A Word of Truth on Jihad and Islam

By Nihad Awad Word Count: 810 There is a growing attempt by some commentators to label the recent bombings in Boston as “jihad” and to blame the deadly blasts on a non-existent concept they call “radical Islam.” I call “radical Islam” non-existent because radicalism or extremism is not permissible in Islam. Islam prohibits extremism and an essential part of the faith is moderation. A more accurate term might be “Al-Qaeda ideology.” The Quran, Islam’s foundational

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Muslims Hope for Positive Relations with New Pope

By Nihad Awad Muslims have interacted with the Roman Catholic Church and its leaders — sometimes negatively and sometimes positively — for hundreds of years. These interactions have included negative periods of needless and counterproductive conflict, as well as positive cooperation on issues of importance to families of all faiths. With the election of a new pope, Muslims and Catholics should focus on how the next hundred years can mark a period of sustained productive

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The Prophet Muhammad Through Western Eyes

By Sarwat Husain The Prophet Muhammad was born on the 12th day of Rabi-Al-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic lunar calendar, more than 1,400 years ago. He remains misunderstood in much of the Western world and, especially in the post-9/11 era, a target of ferocious rhetorical attacks. To counter these attacks, I present just a few of the positive assessments of the Prophet by historians and writers who are not Muslims. “Like almost every

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