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Carnage in Buffalo, Broader Implications

by Saeed Khan The United States experienced its 56th mass shooting of 2022 in Buffalo on Saturday, May 14, when 18-year old Payton Gendron drove three hours from his upstate New York home to open fire in a supermarket, killing 10 and wounding three others, before being apprehended by police. While mass shootings have become […]

Thousands mourn Palestinian journalist who was killed by Israeli forces

by Aysha Qamar The world mourned when Shireen Abu Akleh, a renowned Palestinian journalist, died on Wednesday. Headlines across the globe highlighted her accomplishments and work as a “journalist for the people.” Despite the widespread coverage, many media outlets have been criticized for their lack of accuracy when reporting on her death. Al Jazeera and other outlets called […]

Antivaxxers protest outside as Anthony Fauci delivers applaudable graduation speech at U of M

by Aysha Qamar Across the country, several thousand university students were unable to commemorate their graduations over the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. While their graduations were severely delayed, the University of Michigan’s class of 2020 students—who didn’t have a traditional commencement ceremony—were in for a treat this weekend: They had the country’s […]

New report: 1 in 5 Americans ‘partly’ blame Asian Americans for the spread of COVID-19

by Rehan Qamar The number of biased crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community continues to increase nationwide. Several data reports have indicated an alarming surge across the country, with some major cities seeing over a 100% increase in AAPI targeted hate crimes. While crimes against the AAPI community are not a new phenomenon, a […]

White House Once Again Celebrates Eid

by M Muhammad Ahmed U.S. President Joseph Biden invited almost 200 American Muslim leaders and organizers to the White House for an Eid ceremony on Eid Day, May 2. During the event, the president recognized the importance of the American Muslim community, pointing out their contributions to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and being active parts of […]

Joe Biden responds to ‘leaked’ SCOTUS opinion, says abortion rights are ‘fundamental’

by Aysha Qamar President Joe Biden has issued a statement emphasizing his commitment to keeping abortion accessible following the release of an alleged leaked draft opinion by Politico that states the Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights. In the statement issued Tuesday, Biden noted that a women’s right to an abortion is a “fundamental.” He added that: […]

Pakistan In Debt

By Mahvish Akhtar The new Pakistani government’s official visit to the Middle East has been highly fruitful.  They managed to secure an $8billion package from Saudi Arabia. Pakistan proposed doubling the oil finance facility from $1.2 billion to $2.4 billion, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia agreed, according to an official. The purpose of an […]

A Delawarean at the London Book Fair

by Dr. Muqtedar Khan Do beautiful things, God loves those who do beautiful things (Quran 2:195).  I trudged up the stairs, there were 44 of them, promising myself I would hit the gym as soon as Ramadan was over. When I reached the top and turned around to look down the vast exhibition hall, my […]

The Kashmir Files: Myth or reality- Part 1 of 4

by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai ‘Early reviews in the Indian media had found the film deeply Islamophobic, dishonest, and a provocation.’ Sanjay Kak, Kashmiri Pandit filmmaker and writer This movie feeds into cycles of hate and revenge. It collapses Kashmir’s history and politics into an Islamophobic morality tale that is palatable and profitable to Hindutva […]

Beyond the Numbers: Lessons Learned from the French Elections

by Saeed Khan The French elections concluded with less drama than the buildup appeared to promise. Incumbent Emmanuel Macron captured nearly 59% of the vote in the run-off against Marine Le Pen to gain another term as President. While an 18-point margin would certainly be regarded as a landslide win (usually, anything more than a […]

16 Killed in Attack on Shi’a Mosque in Afghanistan

By Yousuf Ali On Thursday, April 21, 2022,  there was an attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif where more than 31 people were killed in a blast. This was likely targetting them because of their sectarian and ethnic background. The victims came from the Hazara minority in Afghanistan which is predominantly Shia and […]

Pakistan has a New Prime Minister 

By Mahvish Akhtar Pakistan National Assembly (NA) elected its 23rd Prime Minister on Monday, April 11, 2022. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is the former Chief Minister of Punjab;  Pakistan’s most populated province. Mr.Sharif is also the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sharif (PML-N) political party. Despite having corruption charges against him, which he denies,  […]

First time in 30 years, Easter, Passover and Ramadan align

Jews, Christians and Muslims around the world all saw a rare overlap of major religious observances this weekend, bringing a confluence of reflections for communities making up the three monotheistic traditions. On Friday, Jewish people celebrated Passover to mark the exodus of Israelites from enslavement in Egypt. On the same day, Christians observed Good Friday […]

Op Ed: A Muslim Perspective On A Trip To Spain; Part 6

by Harris Imam Our Andalusian expedition was just beginning. We flagged down our Uber driver from our Airbnb in the historic Santa Cruz neighborhood of Sevilla and headed towards the rental car center near the central train station. After about half an hour of waiting, the gentleman at the counter exclaimed “Sir, we are overbooked […]