Entries by TMO

The Unrest Between the UN and Afghanistan

By Mahvish Akhtar  In Geneva, a donors conference was held where countries donated a total of $1.2 billion in aid for Afghanistan. The UN Secretary-General Guterres, who hosted the meeting, said in his opening remarks that “the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline” during “their most perilous hour.”  “The Islamic Emirate will try its best to […]

Former Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg to Speak at Yale Event on 9/22

Press Release New Haven, CT: With university students back on campus, but many COViD-19 restrictions in place for in person gatherings, student organizations are developing creative ways to host events. The Yale Muslim Students Association and the Yale Arab Students Association are bringing attention to civil rights and social justice issues impacting Muslims, Arabs, and […]

Op Ed: It is inconceivable to call Aligarh by any other name

By Frank F. Islam The Aligarh district panchayat recently passed a resolution asking the government of Uttar Pradesh to change the name of the district and its eponymous city to “Harigarh.”  This proposed renaming is not an isolated event.  Cities and district renamed in the UP since the last election in 2017 include, most notably, […]

Defeating COVID-19 with Vaccines and Boosters

by Dr. Anis Ansari Board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology The United States is in its fourth wave due to the Delta Variant (DV), mostly in large unvaccinated or under-vaccinated areas.  Cases are rising rapidly, and the death toll is soaring again. Daily COVID19 cases have risen above 100,000 with a death rate above […]

Was the Withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan the Right Decision?

by M. Basheer Ahmed, MD During the month of August 2021, the withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan became a hot topic, with controversial opinions on whether the US should stay in Afghanistan or leave. The newspapers published multiple opinions as politicians expressed their different perspectives on this subject. I am summarizing the events that […]

Op Ed: Muslim Americans 20 years later

by Abdul El-Sayed The article was first published in the Incision Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on that fateful day. We honor their memory. As we approach the anniversary, I’ve been reflecting on what the past 20 years have […]

The Middle East is becoming uninhabitable

by Zaid Aleem On what is fast becoming a salt plain, the boats that formerly shuttled visitors to and from the little islets in Iran’s Lake Urmia lie rusted and unable to operate. Urmia was the Middle East’s largest lake just two decades ago, with a flourishing tourist industry of hotels and restaurants. “People would […]

Refugees Return to Afghanistan

By Mahvish Akhtar Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Pakistan has deported over 200 Afghan nationals, including women and children, who reached Quetta via Chaman. “These Afghan families were deported to Afghanistan as they entered Pakistan illegally,” Quetta Division Commissioner Sohail-ur-Rehman Baloch told the media. “Unless the government gives permission for their stay, all […]

How you can help Afghan refugees during the current crisis

by Aysha Qamar Since the withdrawal of American and NATO forces from Afghanistan in July, the Taliban has quickly taken control of large parts of Afghanistan. The government has fallen and the president has fled. While this is horrific for all Afghan people, women face the worst of it. Devastating videos and photos of people trying […]

Under Taliban rule, Afghanistan’s banking system is imploding

by Zaid Aleem The Taliban’s control in Afghanistan is in jeopardy: the country’s banking system is on the danger of collapsing, according to CNN reports.  Afghanistan’s banks are still closed over two weeks after the Taliban took power. As a result, many individuals in the country are cash-strapped. One current employee of Afghanistan’s national bank […]

Geelani: The Gallant Freedom Fighter

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah Immediately after the Friday prayer, I spotted him at the corner of the Masjid at the compound of Jama e Islami in Delhi. People were still praying, but I decided to get closer to his row of prayer to ensure I do not lose his sight. He finished the prayers, and […]

Biden’s declining approval ratings

by Zaid Aleem President Joe Biden has the lowest popularity rating of his term. He now has a polling average of around 47%. This is down from 51% at the start of the month, 52% at the end of last month, and 52% at the start of June (54 percent ), according to CNN.  It […]

Afghanistan’s New Government

By Mahvish Akhtar The Taliban are busy forming their new government. So far, the reports say they have chosen Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada as the country’s supreme leader. Bilal Karimi, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, on the plans for the new government, including Sheikh Haibatullah’s new role, which is not yet confirmed. Mullah Abdul […]

The Community Remembers Dr. Ghazi

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah  “The death of a scholar brings void all over the world.” It is an expression found in almost all the cultures in the world with minor differences. On August 22, the internet community and the people of Chicago witnessed it when a group of Muslims observed a four-hour-long program to remember […]

Thousands call poison control after using livestock dewormer to treat coronavirus infection

by Aysha Qamar  Once again, we’ve reached the part of the pandemic where people ingest random chemicals to treat COVID-19 at home. The overwhelming majority of such people have decided COVID-19 vaccines are too risky or otherwise dangerous. While it may seem obvious to most of us, this is not a good idea. However, many conservatives seem to […]

Increased Tensions Between Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Mahvish Akhtar Tensions have been increasing between Pakistan and Afghanistan as the borders between the two countries stayed closed for weeks. After a brief closure, the borders are open for trade and light pedestrian traffic. Pakistan has been afraid of the fighting to spill over into its side of the border. The process of […]

Op Ed: Women, the Taliban and the World

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah Some 50 million sex workers known as prostitutes exist in our world today. Eighty percent of them are female and range in age between 13-25. Ninety percent of all prostitutes are dependent on a male pimp. Additionally, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders […]