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?

I’m on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones

Source: Independent.co.uk By Malik Jalal I am in the strange position of knowing that I am on the ‘Kill List’. I know this because I have been told, and I know because I have been targeted for death over and over again. Four times missiles have been fired at me. I am extraordinarily fortunate to be alive. I don’t want … Read more I’m on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones

First Amendment: Make America safe again by rejecting Islamophobia

Source: GazetteXtra By Chris Haynes Two weeks ago, three men assaulted a 19-year-old American Muslim in Astoria, Queens. One suspect shouted “Arab” and punched the victim twice in the face. A second screamed “ISIS” and approached with a metal pipe. When a bystander appeared, the three suspects fled the scene. What’s especially alarming about this incident is how commonplace such … Read more First Amendment: Make America safe again by rejecting Islamophobia

Importance of Parents: An Islamic Perspective

By Sh. Abdool Rahman Khan The family is that solid block which forms the foundation of a functional society. It comprises of individuals with their distinctive relationships, such as, husband-wife relationship, extended family, in-laws but at the top of this list is the parent-child relationship. All of these relationships are maintained by strong bonds of love, affection, respect and sacrifice. … Read more Importance of Parents: An Islamic Perspective