Author: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Why many young American Muslims plan to leave US

I met an American six-grader who wanted to leave the United States. I was speaking about fighting Islamophobia in Columbus, Ohio mosque earlier this year, when a father pulled me aside, asking me to speak to his son in private. The boy told me he wanted to leave the U.S., but that he still hopes to come back after four years. No doubt he was anticipating that President Donald Trump wouldn’t be serving a second term. When his father asked him not share his plans in the school, the child told him that all of the kids at school...

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Muslim registry: an attack on Accessible America

They say immigrants fall in love with America because of opportunity. I fell in love with it because of accessibility.  As a young father, moving to America wasn’t something I was considering when I first visited Chicago. In Pakistan, I had a fancier car, a nicer home, and a solid support network of extended family and friends. My wife and I were happy, and looked forward to a good future for our children. But walking around Chicago, I kept noticing that the sidewalks would sometimes become small, smoothly paved ramps. I couldn’t understand why, until I asked one of...

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Muslims must engage with mass media

I will never forget this conversation. An award-winning writer was working for a top American newspaper. I don’t remember why I ended up giving her a ride, but I remember that she kept asking me why Muslims don’t respond to media coverage. She said that each time she wrote a positive story about Muslims, her paper received hundreds of emails, letters, and calls in protest while receiving hardly any appreciation. Her bosses didn’t like that, and it was counted against her. She was eventually let go from that publication. Another award-winning journalist, with no relation to the writer mentioned...

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9/11 brought Americans together, but now…

9/11 once united America. We cried together. We prayed together. We cornered bigots together. In that spirit of unity, the approval rating of Muslims actually went up after 9/11. However, that unity was somehow lost. America today is highly divided. Hate, fear and anger are rising. President Obama receives 400% more death threats than President Bush ever did, hate groups are all time high, armed militias have doubled, and 25 million Americans have purchased arms in 2015 as compared to about 1 million eight years ago.  And the approval rating of Muslims is the lowest it’s ever been. Only...

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Muhammad Ali Cared for Muslim Ummah

Muhammad Ali cared deeply for Muslims, the Ummah, as well as all of humanity. He stood up for the people of Vietnam; he worked to stop genocide in Bosnia; he marched for Palestine, and he helped release American hostages. Globalization brings humanity closer, whereas the post-9/11 overemphasis on “American” Islam leads to confusion by intentionally creating a distance among human beings. Muhammad Ali refused to be defined by identity politics that demand Muslims answer the wrong question: Are you American first or Muslim first? He was often asked: Are you Cassius or Muhammad Ali? His answer was very clear:...

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