International Affairs

I Grieve

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in International Affairs, Overcoming Hardships, Poetry & Fiction | 6 comments

I Grieve

I Grieve By: Yasmin Mogahed   I lifted my head Once more Only to see The sun had set, The trees had slept, And they’d all gone home   I grieve.   The sky that was clear is now covered with fog. My path, I no longer see. Why try…when it’s all so gray?   I grieve.     Today I grieve For what’s been lost. My forgotten people, still on their knees before a snow god in spring   I grieve.   They’ve forgotten that prayer And to whom they should call. The Essence replaced by mundane ritual, empty symbols. Their hearts… so tired, jaded and...

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One Jewish Woman’s Fight for Palestine

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Featured, Hot Topics, International Affairs | 9 comments

One Jewish Woman’s Fight for Palestine

One Jewish Woman’s Fight for Palestine By: Yasmin Mogahed For Jennifer Loewenstein, April 19, 2002 was a “waking nightmare”. She stood silent at the edge of the camp, in disbelief–and horror. Listening to the sound of wailing, she watched as medical workers lay out the bodies of the dead. The corpses, wrapped in white, were loaded onto the back of a pick-up truck. “I will never forget this time,” Loewenstein recalls. “I stayed in the camp for two days, picking through the ruins and debris of people’s former lives–watching children and families look for their...

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Response to Violence Overseas

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Featured, Hot Topics, International Affairs, Media, Prophet Muhammad | 5 comments

Response to Violence Overseas

What is my response to the recent violence overseas? Well, it depends who I’m addressing: To my Muslim brothers and sisters, I say: The violence is wrong, and only helps the cause of those who want to insult Islam and the Prophet (pbuh). To the media and all those who’d like to make the world believe that Muslims are flipping out over cartoons and movies, I say: This anger wasn’t born a week ago over a movie. It is rooted in decades of humiliation and oppression. To employ the old cliche, the cartoons and movies just serve as straws that break the camel’s back. Photo...

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My Speech in Cairo on June 4, 2012: Hope for the Future of Egypt

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Featured, International Affairs, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Spirituality, With the Divine | 17 comments

My Speech in Cairo on June 4, 2012: Hope for the Future of Egypt

An older lady was standing in line to vote in Egypt. And she was asked, “How long have you been waiting here in line to vote?” She replied, “For 30 years.” Many people in this room have been standing in line waiting their entire lives to vote. I’ve had the privilege, this week, of being in Egypt, and I’ve listened as every conversation gravitated towards politics. I’ve rode through the streets of Cairo and seen the once pictures of Mubarak replaced with countless posters of political candidates and messages. I’ve witnessed the fury of emotion for or against each political...

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Be Muslim–But Only in Moderation

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Hot Topics, International Affairs, Islamic Matters, Media, Other | 3 comments

In his first 2004 presidential debate, Senator John Kerry began the night in the favor-of-the-day. Answering his first question, Kerry explained that America needed to isolate the “radical Islamic Muslims”. “I have a better plan to be able to fight the war on terror by … beginning to isolate the radical Islamic Muslims, not have them isolate the United States of America.” At first, the statement sounded redundant-even uneducated. A Muslim is, by definition, a follower of Islam, and is therefore, by definition, “Islamic”. Saying “Islamic...

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Irvine 11: Waiting for Victory

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Belief & Worship, Featured, International Affairs, Overcoming Hardships, Personal Development, Qur'an, Spirituality, With the Divine | 2 comments

Irvine 11: Waiting for Victory

We can hardly get them off our minds. The whole world is watching today. And everyone is wondering, ‘what will happen to the brave men who spoke truth to power in Irvine?’ What will go down in history about the students who gave a voice to the voiceless, and took a bullet in the process? They stood for justice. And God is always with those who stand for justice.   So now as the case winds down and we wait anxiously for the jury’s verdict, the question on many of our minds is “mata nasr Allah?” When…where is the help of God?  Will God give them victory? Will they win? Does...

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