OP-eds

Give Thanks and Give to Those in Need

By Nihad Awad WORD COUNT: 611 During our nation’s current economic downturn, and in the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, many of our fellow Americans are suffering. That is why it is so important this Thanksgiving to show thanks for all the blessings we have by reaching out to those in need. Video: A Thanksgiving Message from CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad   American Muslims nationwide are helping set an example of such

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American Muslims May Decide Who Becomes President

American Muslims May Decide Who Becomes President By: Nihad Awad Word Count: 686 [Nihad Awad is national executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. He may be contacted at: nawad@cair.com] In this close election, it is a small voting bloc that will decide the outcome. On November 6, American Muslims are in a position to determine which presidential candidate will win in key swing states

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The System Worked for Tennessee Muslims

By Gadeir Abbas Word count: 502 This year, the Muslim community of Murfreesboro, Tenn., will likely be able to open its doors in time to share Ramadan together in the mosque they built, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM). Houses of worship are built and opened all the time, but this one has acquired special significance. In opening its doors in spite of unprecedented obstacles and opposition, the mosque serves as a lasting testament to

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Op-Ed: An American Muslim in Extra-Judicial Exile, Again

I hope that someday we will all look back in shame at how routinely the United States once barred traveling American Muslims from returning to their country. But while that day may be far off, Ali Ahmed serves as just the latest example of how the misguided and illegal use of the no-fly list imposes a strange form of extrajudicial exile on a growing number of Americans. Ali, a 20-year-old American citizen studying journalism in

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Op-Ed: Thoughts of an American Muslim on Independence Day

By Nihad Awad Word count: 713 As we mark one of history’s most triumphant acts of liberty, I want to share with you some of the many things America’s Muslims are doing to preserve this fundamental principle of the American identity. The revolution we honor each year on July 4th was in part sparked by unreasonable government intrusions into individual liberty. In 1761, Boston lawyer James Otis spoke against overly-broad warrants issued by the British

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