By Edward Ahmed Mitchell & Huzaifa Shahbaz

In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks belong to God, Lord of the Worlds. May peace and prayers be upon Prophet Muhammad and his family.

What do you know about “Sharia law?” If you’re not a Muslim, this might seem like a loaded question to ask of someone who is a Muslim. But there are actually plenty of circumstances in which it would be appropriate to ask the question. During an interfaith event at a mosque. At an academic conference about religion. …


By Huzaifa Shahbaz, CAIR National

Muslims across Europe are facing severe attacks on their religious freedom. France has targeted Muslim women, mosques, and civil society organizations under the guise of combatting “separatism.” Austria is attempting to strip citizenship from Muslims under the veneer of fighting “political Islam.” Switzerland just approved a proposition that banned niqabs in the name of “national security.”

These and other governments have one thing in common: they are using Islamophobia as a political tool to appease the far-right.

Amid a deadly pandemic, modern far-right groups in Europe have secured more votes and support than ever before…


By Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR National

In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks belong to God. May peace and prayers be upon Prophet Muhammad and his family.

Whenever activists, reporters or foreign diplomats criticize China’s genocide of Uighur Muslims, the Chinese government usually responds with a standard line: deny wrongdoing and reject foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs.

But during a publicly televised meeting with Secretary of State Tony Blinken today, top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi tried out a new deflection tactic.

After Secretary Blinken used his two-minute opening remarks to…


By Huzzaifa Mohamed, CAIR National

Our country is still in the middle of a long-overdue racial reckoning sparked by the brutal murder of George Floyd, and Maryland is in the thick of this reckoning. State lawmakers are currently debating several police and criminal justice reform bills that aim to fix antiquated and discriminatory policies and practices.

While headlines have only recently begun to focus particularly on police violence and misconduct, the reality is that this issue has affected especially Black and Brown communities for generations.

From police in our children’s schools that disproportionately reprimand and criminalize students of color and…


By Nihad Awad & Huzaifa Shahbaz, CAIR National

Ten days have now passed since a suicide bomber named Anthony Quinn Walker destroyed a city block in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day.

Since then, the public has not heard much about the bombing from the media or learned much about the bomber from the government. We do know that Walker was a 63-year-old white male. He recently sold off a significant amount of real estate. And someone had reported him to the police for supposedly making explosives in his RV.

So far, we seem to know only one other thing for…


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By Roula Allouch, Esq. & Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Esq.

What was the demographic make-up of the grand jury that decided not to indict any police officers for killing Breonna Taylor?

Did Kentucky prosecutors encourage the grand jurors to make the specific decision they settled upon, or did the jurors reach that decision without any prompting?

How much time passed between the moment police officers (supposedly) announced their presence outside Ms. Taylor’s home and the moment they started breaking through her front door?

Who, exactly, was the lone witness who verified the claim that the officers announced themselves?

What was the…


In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks belong to God, Lord of the Worlds. May peace and prayers be upon Prophet Muhammad.

By Edward Ahmed Mitchell, CAIR National

Very few issues unite Americans these days. Whether the topic is police brutality, climate change, COVID-19, or Donald Trump himself, millions of us do not only stand apart. We live in alternate realities.

However, one unexpected issue has finally united many of us across political, religious, and cultural fault lines: Netflix’s Cuties.

Over the past week, the public has used social media to vocally…


By Ahmed Soussi, Esq. & Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Esq.

Imagine this. You’re a Jewish American college student studying political science at a public university in Arizona. While reviewing the syllabus for your upcoming course on World Politics, you notice that a section of the class will focus on “Jewish Terrorism.”

Although this language disturbs and concerns you, you decide to hope for the best. After all, perhaps your professor will tactfully study violence committed by extremists like Yigal Amir, Baruch Goldstein, or members of the Jewish Defense League through an academic lens.

Unfortunately, your hope was misplaced. Your professor spends…


The President Who Signed the Muslim Ban Can Agree By Repealing It

By Zainab Chaudry, CAIR National

Political ideologies do not accurately predict all of an individual’s ideals, values, biases or blind spots. American Muslims know this as well as anyone.

Although Islamophobia commonly surfaces in conservative circles, our community knows that anti-Muslim bigotry has also repeatedly manifested in progressive and liberal spaces.

During Monday evening’s segment of The Reidout, MSNBC host Joy Reid likened radicalized Trump supporters to Muslims — a group that’s often the target of rightwing rants, bigotry and racism.

“Leaders [in the Muslim world] talk a…


The President Who Signed the Muslim Ban Can Agree By Repealing It

By Zainab Chaudry, CAIR National

Political ideologies do not accurately predict all of an individual’s ideals, values, biases or blind spots. American Muslims know this as well as anyone.

Although Islamophobia commonly surfaces in conservative circles, American Muslims know that anti-Muslim bigotry has also repeatedly manifested in progressive and liberal spaces.

During Monday evening’s segment of The Reidout, MSNBC host Joy Reid likened radicalized Trump supporters to Muslims — a group that’s often the target of rightwing rants, bigotry and racism.

“Leaders [in the Muslim world] talk a…

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