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The Muslims of Early America

Islam is part of our common history — a resilient faith not just of the enslaved, but of Arab immigrants in the late 19th century, and in the 20th century of many African-Americans reclaiming and remaking it as their own. For generations, its adherents have straddled a nation that jolts from promises of religious freedom to events that give the lie to those promises. MORE: nytimes.

Better Substitute

Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “When a person suffers from a calamity and utters: ‘Inna lillahi wa inna 10991329_924427317601932_5836256350556666470_nilaihi raji’un. Allahumma ujurni fi musibati, wakhluf li khairan minha (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. O Allah! Compensate me in my affliction, recompense my loss and give me something better in exchange for it), then Allah surely compensates him with reward and better substitute.” Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: When Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with him) died, I repeated the same supplication as the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had commanded me (to do). So Allah bestowed upon me a better substitute than him (I was married to Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ”.[Muslim].

Thank You, Bill Maher, for Proving Islamophobia is Real

Ben Affleck, Bill Maher, Sam HarrisBy Zainab Chaudry

If there’s one issue these days that unites self-identifying liberal and conservative political pundits who otherwise can never seem to agree on anything, it’s bashing Islam.

Last week, stand-up comedian and political commentator Bill Maher invited a scholar on religion, Reza Aslan, as a guest on his HBO talk show “Real Time” and proceeded to lambast him with inaccurate generalizations regarding the status and treatment of women in Islam.

Specifically, Maher wrongly painted female genital mutilation (FGM) as “an Islamic problem” and alleged that Islam does not respect the rights of women. more  /www.patheos.com

Clear Lake church, mosque live side by side in peace

Samuel Schaal, minister of the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, left, and Waleed Basyouni, the imam of the Clear Lake Islamic Center, share a spirit of understanding as well as land. Photo: Karen Warren, Chronicle

Chronicle Samuel Schaal, minister of the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, left, and Waleed Basyouni, the imam of the Clear Lake Islamic Center, share a spirit of understanding as well as land.

A mosque was built less than 100 yards away from an 18-year-old Clear Lake church last year, and the two religious organizations have acted as neighbors ever since, sharing parking, recycling bins — even baby-sitting more… .chron

Yarrow Mamout, the Muslim slave who became a Georgetown financier

Mamout’s story, if not his property, is worth preserving. His likeness already is. His portrait, rendered by James Alexander Simpson, is ondisplay in the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Library. Artist Charles Willson Peale, painter of the Founding Fathers, also captured Mamout in an 1819 portrait….Not much is known about Mamout’s occupancy of 3324 Dent Pl. because its history is buried — where, to this day, it may remain undisturbed. So, too, Mamout’s body, which reportedly was laid to rest in the corner where he went to pray, facing Mecca. Johnston speculates that Mamout’s final remains may still be there under the earth. MORE.. WASHINGTONPOST.COM

Powerful Message: Fathers of Chapel Hill shooting victims want justice, not revenge

WATCH THE INTERVIEW:  justice, not revenge

The three were shot and killed in an incident at Yusor and Deah’s Chapel Hill apartment Tuesday evening.

Namee Barakat described the relationship between his son and his wife, Yusor, as a “special one.”

He said he asked Deah if the couple had argued at all since becoming engaged or married.

“He said, ‘Oh, once. We had a water fight,’ ” Namee Barakat said. “They were very beautiful children.”

Abu-Salha praised the three for their selflessness.

“I could never say enough. I will never feel like I am repeating myself because of how beautiful they were,” he said.

“Articulate, athletic, intelligent, distinguishable,” he said of all three.

Abu-Salha spoke of how excited Yusor was to be accepted to UNC’s School of Dentistry the day before she was married to Deah in December. MORE:  justice, not revenge

 

Why Muslim lives don’t matter?

An Arab and Muslim culprit and white victims would have spurred immediate media attention, write Beydoun and Tonova [AP]Their religion mattered most for US media outlets as well, who lagged to cover the story…

An Arab and Muslim culprit and white victims would have spurred immediate media attention, write Beydoun and Tonova [AP]

Muslims identity trumped, and very likely for Hicks, eclipsed the three victims’ American-ness.

Irrespective of what rallying cries, signs or adapted hashtags proclaim, Muslim lives in America don’t matter. The aftermath of the murder of the three American students in Chapel Hill, and the broader context that spurred it, reconfirms this brutal truth.  MORE:  muslim-lives-don-matter