Worshippers at the Masjid al Emaan mosque congregate in a nondescript office park on Pershing Avenue in north Stockton. The mosque has been around for only a few years, and its small membership has diminished in the aftermath of an unsolved arson fire seven months ago.
Temple Sinai in Oakland is the oldest synagogue in the East Bay, dating back more than 130 years, with nearly 1,000 member families. In terms of its history and size, it would seem to be much farther from Masjid al Emaan than a mere 75-minute drive.
And yet, when members of Temple Sinai learned of the fire that damaged Masjid al Emaan, they were moved. Recently, the temple donated $100 to Masjid al Emaan. Mosque officials say it is the only contribution they have received from outside the Muslim community.
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May the field forgive me for offering a bit of very crude historical psychoanalysis and master-narrativizing to catch everyone up on where we stand. Academic, non-sectarian religious studies in the United States can be more or less traced to the Supreme Court’s 1963 Abington Township v. Schempp decision, which carved out a distinction between teaching about religion, which is okay, and the teaching of religion, which violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Catechists had to shuffle out of public classrooms, and suddenly there was space for a new kind of teacher/scholar who would talk about but not of. It would have to be a space in which all people, of any background or creed, could participate as equals.
In my TEDx talk, I spoke about the many people fighting the good fight inside companies, working towards better social and environmental practices -- which can be a lonely job. If you’re one of them, make a New Year’s resolution to connect with folks in other companies doing similar work. Believe me, it will help sustain you through 2012.
There is a dangerous dualism that has haunted Islamic societies since the very start of the faith. I am speaking about the haram that results from individuals and groups that seek to enforce a distinction between haram and halal through violence. The recent waves of sectarian killings are a chilling reminder of the harm that can be caused in the name of stamping out haram.
The webseries “Me, the Muslim Next Door” introduces you to Dania, Eduardo, Jamilla, Laila, Mehdi, Rizwan and Suad, seven young Canadian Muslims living in Montreal and Toronto.
We invite you to experience their reality through 24 segments of video, audio, and photos that sheds light on what it's like to be young, Canadian and Muslim. Enjoy a total of more than 120 minutes of content that breaks down stereotypes and delves into their personal stories.
I like Samina's piece because we have not been having the gender conversation at all. I think it does show the structural sexism that is not unique to Arabs/Muslims/Catholics/etc.. I think she also ends on the right note, that this show may not represent everyone's experience, but it's creating a lot of good conversations.
The truth is, we need Nina Bazzy on T.V. as much as we need Suehaila showing us that she's not the stereotypical conservative we envision when we imagine a hijabi. Together with superstitious Samira and rebellious Shadia, these women are breaking our notions of Muslim women.
At the same time, they're are bravely shaking things up in the American Muslim community, forcing Muslims -- men and women both -- to begin questioning age-old ideologies that infantilize women. And that's the first step to eradicating them.
The creators of "All-American Muslim" could have chosen families who better fit our stereotypes. But that wouldn't be a reality show. For the reality is: patriarchy and the subjugation of women is the greater threat brewing in the Muslim American communities. And watching women fighting back is inspiring.