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Mother of "cucumber, not cooker bomb" toddler, in her own words

Editor’s note: In January 2016, a British Muslim mother was called in for a meeting by her 4 year-old son’s nursery school. The managers informed her that her little boy had been referred to a ‘de-radicalisation’ program after drawing what they alleged to be a ‘cooker bomb’. Shocked by the news, the mother reached out […]

The Prophetic ﷺ Response to Islamophobia: The Story of Adi bin Hatem

What can we learn from the Prophetic ﷺ response to Islamophobia? There was once a known Islamophobe, Adi bin Hatem. He was the head of a monotheistic tribe that worshipped the God of Abraham but lacked any further guidance. Adi bin Hatem hated Islam and hated the Prophet ﷺ. His own sister had gone to see […]

Blackness, Racism And How The Arabic Language Rises Above It All

Shaykh Muhammad Mendes responds to this question during a Lamppost Education Initiative Seminar on Muslim Spirituality From Africa to Americas. “Why is the colour black – black people and all things black, so foul to humanity?” Resources for seekers Responses To The Islamophobic Attack On The Bus Illustrate Wider Problems of Racism Race To The […]

Dalia Mogahed’s debut at TED met with standing ovation

What do you think when you look at me? When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her […]

On Fences and Our Neighbours. Dr Ingrid Mattson reflects.

Religions for Peace USA’s Our Muslim Neighbor Initiative  is a national effort to end Islamophobia. Since the Paris attacks the U.S. has seen an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric that isolates our Muslim neighbors and feeds into a culture of fear. What can you do to counteract this trend? For the last three years the Our Muslim […]

Excellent Interview with Muslim Woman Removed From Trump Rally

On Friday night, Muslim flight attendant Rose Hamid was escorted out of a Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina after she stood silently for a few moments, wearing a t-shirt that said “Salam: I Come In Peace,” as well as a yellow star-shaped badge reminiscent of the patches worn by Jews in Nazi […]

VIDEO: Forget Trump. Focus On The One ﷺ We Are Obliged To Love – Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

In this blessed month of Rabi-al-Awwal, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin warns against wasting time and energy on those who spread hate and injustice, focussing instead on the lessons from the life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. An Obligation to Love The Prophet Muhammad When we truly fulfill the divinely ordained obligation to […]

Nothing more American for American Muslims

Simply Continue There is nothing more American for American Muslims to do at this time than to simply continue remaining as Muslims. Foundations This country was founded by those who escaped religious persecution and insisted on practicing their deen in the manner in which they deemed important. No Apology They did not compromise, apologize or […]

Responses To The Islamophobic Attack On The Bus Illustrate Wider Problems Of Racism

Over the last few days, the video of a black woman launching an islamophobic attack on two muslim women has attracted much attention on social media, and eventually was reported in the National Press. The provocative lady who undertook a tirade of threatening verbal abuse has since been arrested by the police, and one hopes […]

Islamophobia is alive and well but are we capable of a compassionate, introspective response? Tanya Muneera Williams

On the 22nd of June 1948 the landscape of England changed in the most unprecedented way. The arrival of the empire Windrush from Jamaica to Tilby docks in Essex has been pinpointed as one of the biggest changes in post-war British history. It can also be said that the 500 or so passengers on board […]