Person of the Year

Dec 29

Professor, father, author, activist, citizen, Muslim. The man who made 2010 a turning point for Northeast Florida. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Parvez Ahmed slept in. After teaching a late-night investment class at the University of Pennsylvania, and working in his home office until after midnight, he took the rare luxury of sleeping past 8 a.m. His parents,...

Read More

Is Islam Compatible with American Values?

Dec 05

On Oct 9, 2010, the Clay County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State organized a lecture on “Is Islam Compatible with American Values?” I was invited to speak at the Fleming Island Public Library. What happened at the event is well summarized in a letter to the editor by Rev. Harry Parrott, President of the local chapter of AU....

Read More

Clarity Missing in Debate over Free Speech

Nov 05

In AltMuslim. October 27, 2010 Juan Williams is neither a racist nor a bigot. But by perpetuating negative stereotypes he breached the ethics of fairness, crucial ingredients to succeed as a journalist. His firing from NPR, while admittedly handled in a clumsy way, was ultimately the right action. At a time when public discourse has descended to freighting levels of...

Read More

American Muslims Defend Free Speech

Sep 23

I am a signatory to, “A Defense of Free Speech by American and Canadian Muslims.” This statement was released in response to the threats received by ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day’ cartoonist Molly Norris. The statement was crafted by Sheila Musaji, Editor, The American Muslim and Shahed Amanullah, Editor-in-Chief, Altmuslim. If you are a...

Read More

Urgency and Creativity Needed in Response to Pakistan Flood

Sep 15

In Huffington Post. The numbers are sobering. Nearly 1 in 8 Pakistanis are homeless as a result of an epic flood. Besides the staggering human cost of the tragedy the geo-political importance of Pakistan to US security interests cannot be overemphasized. With over 100,000 U.S. troops stationed in nearby Afghanistan and American drones routinely dropping bombs on...

Read More