FreeThoughtHuman Rights

Cartoongate: The Sermon That Wasn’t Given

Today being Friday and all, I dusted off my old khutbah-writing skills to compose a sermon warning against the scandal-mongering we’ve seen following Maajid Nawaz’s tweeting of a cartoon. Brothers and Sisters, as we reflect upon the recent uproar that has engulfed sections of our community following the distasteful depictions …

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Human Rights

“exotic practices”

A few weeks ago I watched a clip that was circulating through social media of a young Saudi man walking through one of Saudi’s busy streets giving out (Free hugs). Nothing new here right? I mean, we have all seen these nice touchy-feely short clips of people doing admirable things …

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Human Rights

Prisoners of Conscience

Turki Al-Hamad, Hamza Kashgari  and  Raef Badawi… These are just a few names of people, most of us have probably never heard of. Not enough to prompt an immediate, heightened emotional response anywhere near comparable to what uttering the name Phil Robertson would anyhow. Allow me to steal the unadulterated spot light …

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GenderHuman Rights

The bigger lies you’ve been told in denial of Muslim women’s oppression

I’ve apparently come across this article a few months late. It’s a piece in which a white Western woman, Lauren Rankin, attempts to make the case that it is not Islam that contributes to misogyny and oppression of Muslim women. It is instead patriarchy, and characterizing Islam as a violent, …

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Human Rights

A Tainted Life

  On the 5th day of December 2013 Arabic CNN posted this news article  about a young female Saudi University student who allegedly attacked her female Professor after finding out that her husband had taken on the professor as a second wife. The picture shows a female in a public arena kneeling …

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Human Rights

LGBTQ attitudes towards Muslims, and HEY! I was on the radio: Some useful and interesting links

I’m sooo behind on several ex-Moose things! I’ve been putting off posting a few links because I’ve wanted to unify them in a blog post with commentary, but I’ve been caught up in grading, translation assignments, and love, and I realize the cost of delay is not worth the extended …

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GenderHuman Rights

Divorce is a human right, too.

It’s amazing how much Muslim cultures pride themselves for being anti-divorce and for having supposedly “low rates” of divorce. They tell you it is the case because “we know the value of family and family life”. In reality, it is the case only because of how stigmatized divorce is – …

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Human Rights

By Any Means Necessary? Is Islam a means to human rights?

When I was in elementary school, I participated in a play put on by my local mosque about the life of Malcolm X as part of our annual Eid celebrations. The audience, full of believers from around the Muslim world, watched on as my peers and I reenacted the life …

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Human Rights

Arrested for hugging in Saudi Arabia

So apparently in Saudi Arabia, hugging people can get you arrested by the ‘religious police’, as this story in The Independent reports.   Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice arrested the two men in Riyadh for violating local laws and engaging in “exotic …

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GenderHuman Rights

Should Brown/Muslim Women Be Sacrificed To Save Culture? The Case of Malala Yousafzai.

In the last year since the Taliban’s assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani woman who has been an activist for girls’ education in Swat Valley where she’s from, there has been a virtual truckload worth of articles, commentaries, and blog posts that have been written about her, and …

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