OP-eds

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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Muslim man sentenced to life without air travel

By Gadeir Abbas and Adam Soltani Published in The Oklahoman on February 13, 2013.      Years ago, Saadiq Long ”” an American citizen born in Oklahoma ”” served in our Air Force with distinction. For a time, he even provided technical support to military aircraft destined for combat. Who could have guessed that such a man would be deemed too dangerous to board commercial aircraft? But that is what the FBI has done to Saadiq.

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Nihad Awad: American Muslims Are Indebted to Dr. King

Nihad Awad: American Muslims Are Indebted to Dr. King By Nihad Awad In my position as the leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, I am eternally grateful for the vision, struggle and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He did not struggle only to free his own generation, and his work will continue to bless many generations to come in America and

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Dr. King’s Legacy Mandates Respect for Due Process, End to Drone Killings and Warrantless Surveillance

ISLAM-OPED: Dr. King’s Legacy Mandates Respect for Due Process, End to Drone Killings and Warrantless Surveillance By: Dawud Walid Word count: 626 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day symbolizes many important moral and ethical principles, including the citizenry’s responsibility to end the federal government’s abuses of civil and human rights, both at home and abroad. Dr. King is most often remembered for his leadership in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, his witnessing the signing of

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