Muslim Ban: What to Expect Now and How to Prepare for Travel

Are you confused about how the controversial Executive Order may impact immigration? Then please watch the following very informative presentation by Immigration Lawyer Afia N. Yunus, which was conducted by ICNA CSJ on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Mrs. Afia Yunus is the Principal Attorney and Owner at Yunus Law, with an office in Philadelphia and Chicago. Her practice focuses exclusively on U.S. Immigration … Read more Muslim Ban: What to Expect Now and How to Prepare for Travel

‘American Dream’ Achieved at the Expense of African Americans?

Source: The Guardian At the start of black history month in the US, we take a look at a seminal speech by the writer, essayist, poet and civil rights activist James Baldwin. At Cambridge University Union in 1965, Baldwin debates whether the ‘American dream’ has been achieved at the expense of African-Americans. Following is a brief snippet of that debate. … Read more ‘American Dream’ Achieved at the Expense of African Americans?

Khutbah: Thanking Neighbors for Supporting Muslims in Tough Times

In light of the recent support for Muslims across the United States in light of President Trump’s Muslim ban, the following khutbah was prepared by Shaykh Abdool Rahman Khan, Chairman of ICNA Sharia Council. Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will … Read more Khutbah: Thanking Neighbors for Supporting Muslims in Tough Times

Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Imam Khalid Griggs ICNA CSJ Chairman Salaam Dr. King: It’s been almost 50 years since your fateful appointment with destiny on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Time and willful intent have conspired to transform the public perception of you from a transcendent prophetic voice for the voiceless and oppressed to a dreaming romantic who assuaged … Read more Letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Standing Rock, Remember My Name

By Imam Khalid Griggs What appeared to be an inevitable violent confrontation on December 5 between over 2,000 US military veterans, the Standing Rock Sioux and their thousands of allies, aligned against local and county law enforcement agents from ten states and the paid goons of Energy Transfer Partners was averted when the Department of the Army announced that it … Read more Standing Rock, Remember My Name

We Are Standing Rock: America’s Troubled Relationship with Native Americans

By Imam Khalid Griggs, Chairman of ICNA Social Justice (CSJ) On November 3, 2016, over 500 clergy and other religious and spiritual leaders answered the call to gather in a remote, impoverished, bleak-looking land that, by appearance and material conditions, could have passed for any non-Western country in the developing world. Yet, the setting was not a foreign country and … Read more We Are Standing Rock: America’s Troubled Relationship with Native Americans

Minimum Wage Mythbusters

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Myth: Raising the minimum wage will only benefit teens. Not true: The typical minimum wage worker is not a high school student earning weekend pocket money. In fact, 89 percent of those who would benefit from a federal minimum wage increase to $12 per hour are age 20 or older, and 56 percent are women. … Read more Minimum Wage Mythbusters

Flying While Muslim is Not a Crime

Source: Washington Post By Editorial Board MUSLIM PASSENGERS are escorted off U.S.-based airlines with alarming frequency these days, and while the circumstances of each incident vary, there is also a sameness to them. More often than not, someone on the plane — a seatmate, a passenger a few rows away, a flight attendant — feels “uncomfortable.” The trigger for that … Read more Flying While Muslim is Not a Crime

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

By Imam Khalid Fattah Griggs, Chairman of ICNA Council for Social Justice The recent extrajudicial police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota are dramatic and damnable examples of America’s centuries-long unresolved, racist dysfunctional relationship with African American people, particularly males. Police officers across the country have executed African Americans on the streets … Read more The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Does Gun Control Work?

In light of the Orlando shooting this month, the following article is a must read. Source: theconversation.com By Peter Squires Does gun control actually work? Evidence from the US itself shows a strong relationship between individual states with lax gun laws and higher than average rates of gun violence but despite apparent public support for sensible gun control, progress at the … Read more Does Gun Control Work?