To Our Readers

As people of conscience, the editors of Engage Minnesota deplore the violence consuming the Gaza Strip.   We denounce violence by the Israeli government and its military, as well as that perpetrated or allowed by Hamas.   However, a factual accounting shows that the retaliation carried out by the former party far outweighs, by a massive magnitude, the deaths from missiles and mortar fire by the latter party that was the stated reason for the current military onslaught.   We are disappointed at the dominant chorus in the U.S. media and body politic that obscures that lack of proportion. We Read More …

Support the Same Standards for All

Since Katherine Kersten’s column regarding Tariq ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) in yesterday’s Star Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Education has been inundated with negative calls. Kersten’s column claims that TIZA is violating its charter and the “church and state” separation. She bases this largely on the observations of one short-time substitute teacher who was immersed in a different school culture, and could easily have been mistaken in her impressions and interpretations. However, whether or not TIZA has violated the strictest interpretation of religion-state separation is not the issue. What school in Minnesota has not? Indeed, last December, the Minneapolis public Read More …

MN Writer’s New Children’s Book Inspired by Hadith

The Runaway Scarf, a new book by Twin Cities-based writer Corey Habbas, is a story about human justice and freedom inspired by an Islamic hadith. The 52-page illustrated children’s book is set to be available at the end of February. Habbas is also a regular contributor to EngageMN.com. “I was mad after watching that movie Hidalgo,” Habbas said, “because it was such a distortion about Muslims, and that is what inspired this book. I wrote it in 2004 [after the movie was released], and it took me a long time to get it published!” The book follows an African slave, Read More …

New partnership with Twin Cities Daily Planet

Engage Minnesota is now a content partner with the Twin Cities Daily Planet, a pioneering web portal that brings together a wide array of Minnesota’s community and neighborhood news publications. The Daily Planet invited us to contribute columns from our web site to theirs in exchange for them linking back to us. We felt it was a natural match, since the Daily Planet shares our mission of highlighting Minnesota’s diversity — that’s why we have linked to them ever since we launched this site. We are delighted for the chance to share Minnesotan Muslim voices with a broader audience, and Read More …