Entries by TMO

Maine elects first Somali American Muslim mayor

by Aysha Qamar These last two years have been historic in terms of political representation. Across the country, Americans elected firsts to local, state, and federal seats. Our country’s leadership is slowly making its way to reflecting the diversity of its population. In another first for America, South Portland’s newest mayor Deqa Dhalac is not only the […]

Op Ed: The Oppression Olympics

Why the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics is the exception that proves a rule. by Abdul El-Sayed This piece was first published on The Incision. The Uyghurs, a Muslim minority community in China’s Xinjiang province, are facing genocide. There’s well-documented evidence of mass concentration camps, forced labor, sterilization campaigns, forced marriages, and more — all […]

Op Ed: Freedom of Expression

by Dr. Basheer Ahmed One of my friend sent a message through “WHATSAPP” “Raise your voice…….” When you attack black people they call it racism. When you attack country, they call it terrorism. When you attack homosexuality, they call it intolerance. When you attack women, they call it gender discrimination. When you attack Jews, they […]

Islamophobic U.S. Congress members

by Dr. Aslam Abdullah  A white racist congresswoman representing Christianity and The Republican Party, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert ®, called representative Ilhan Omar a terrorist “black-hearted” and “evil.” The Christian party leadership is silent, giving rise to apprehension that anti-Islam and Muslim rhetoric are part of an electoral strategy to mobilize evangelical right-wing followers of […]

Ilhan Omar shares threats and hate received after Lauren Boebert’s anti-Muslim attack

by Aysha Qamar In the face of increasing hate and Islamophobia, Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Andre Carson condemned anti-Muslim remarks made by their colleague, Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, during a Tuesday press conference. According to ABC News, they are the only three Muslims in Congress’s House of Representatives. “We may only be three among hundreds […]

Omicron: Emerging answers to the three big questions

by Abdul El-Sayed This piece was first published on The Incision. Just as much of the country was settling into that tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving slumber, news emerged out of South Africa of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern. The World Health Organization has dubbed it omicron. To add to the panic, news of the variant tanked the […]

First female Lieutenant-General Appointed in Pakistan Army

By Mahvish Akhtar  2021 was a historic year for Pakistan. The Pakistan army appointed its first female Lieutenant-General. Speaking on occasion, Pakistan Army’s Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that the appointment of Lt. Gen Johar as the first female army official to have three stars on her uniform is “indeed, a matter […]

Hindu Extremists Burn House of Muslim Ex-Minister

By Yousuf Ali In India, there have been concerns about increasing Islamophobia motivated by Hindu Nationalism. In particular, according to TRT World, the former foreign minister Salman Khurshid had his house attacked by what were likely hindu nationalists. The immediate context was Khurshid writing a book entitled ‘Sunrise over Auodhya’ in which he compared the […]

IAMC Asks Economic Times To Withdraw Defamatory & False Allegations Against IAMC

Press release from Indian American Muslim Council WASHINGTON, D.C., (November 22, 2021) – The Indian American Muslim Council, an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has asked The Economic Times newspaper to withdraw defamatory and false allegations it has published against the organization. The allegations in “Tripura violence: Police identifies social media conspiracy […]

What’s really on trial in Kenosha and Glynn County?

This article was first published on The Incision. by Abdul El-Sayed Last week, Kyle Rittenhouse pulled a Brett Kavanaugh and ugly cried on the witness stand in a desperate plea for sympathy. His made-for-Twitter hysterics were meant to appeal to an audience that could paint him as “just a boy” … a boy who killed a man in […]

Hundreds of demonstrators across U.S. protest Facebook’s role in Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

The following is a press release issued by India Genocide Watch WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 14, 2021) – Hundreds of people of different faiths, professions and backgrounds gathered in eight major U.S. cities Saturday and Sunday to protest Facebook allowing hate speech to be freely posted in India, resulting in persecution, physical attacks and killings of members of […]

Hope Dies Last: Why Hope Matters for America’s Future

by Frank F Islam We have spent the past two years impaled in partisan political conflict aimed at blocking problem solving, collaboration, and compromise. This conflict has increased citizen skepticism and cynicism and reduced hope. Those are lines from a HuffPost blog titled “Hope Dies Last” that we posted in October 2012. Now, nearly a decade later, that […]

Right-wing media outlets wrote false reports on this Muslim prosecutor then conservatives threatened her

by Aysha Qamar One of the first Muslims to be elected to public office in Virginia has come under attack after right-wing media outlets chose to target her and create false narratives around her work.  Elected in 2019, Buta Biberaj unseated a Republican incumbent for Loudoun County’s commonwealth attorney position. As gubernatorial elections neared in Virginia, […]

Sadaf Jaffer Declares Victory in New Jersey’s 16th District

The running mates of Senator-elect Andrew Zwicker – Assemblyman Roy Freiman and former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer – declared victory over Republicans Vincent Panico and Joseph Lukac in Tuesday’s 16th District Assembly race Friday in New Jersey. Jaffer previously made history as the state’s first Muslim woman mayor. She attributed her win to the support of community and […]

Mayor Bill Bazzi elected to continue to serve as mayor in Dearborn Heights,

Bazzi was appointed in January to serve following the death of Mayor Daniel Paletko. While already known as the town’s first Muslim mayor, on Tuesday he became the town’s first elected Muslim mayor after beating Council Chair Denise Malinowski Maxwell. A Marine Corps veteran and immigrant from Lebanon, as the town’s mayor, he is not only the first Muslim but the first Arab […]