Hearings on Islamic extremism set the worst example

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota Next month, the chair of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security plans to launch hearings on so-called domestic Islamic terrorism. To justify the hearings, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, has made grossly irresponsible statements to right-wing broadcasters — claiming that 80 percent of U.S. mosques are extremist hotbeds and that Muslims aren’t cooperating with law enforcement. Read Fedwa’s full article here.

Egypt’s Muslims express solidarity by acting as “human shields” for Coptic Churches

We thought it is important to show examples of solidarity and tolerance in a time when contention and division are celebrated by the media. In case you missed it, here are a few links: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/3216/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-Muslims-to-act-as-human-shields-at-Coptic-Ch.aspx http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/01/07/egypt.coptic.church.attack/index.html http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/egyptian-muslims-lend-support-to-coptics-on-religious-holiday/article1860811/ http://www.insidecatholic.com/9228-egyptian-muslims-act-as-human-shields-at-coptic-christmas-mass.html http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/news/29940-egyptian-muslims-serve-as-christian-body-shields

Basimah Hasan: Changing Images Every Friday at 4

Talk-Show Host Aims to Correct Distorted Picture of Muslims and Islam By Marcia Lynx Qualey, Engage Minnesota It was 1998 when Basimah Hasan left her hometown of Chicago for Minneapolis. In the Twin Cities, she attended nursing school and began her career at North Memorial Hospital. She says that there is a “big difference” between the Minneapolis and Chicago Muslim communities. TV Show: “Islamic View” Airtime: 4 p.m. Fridays Time-Warner cable Ch. 16 “[There are] more Muslims in Chicago, and they’re more active. Here, everyone seems to be in their own ethnic groups. You don’t see a lot of activities Read More …

Are Revolutions Won by Hands Clenched into Fists or Clasped in Prayer?

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King in The Meeting By Emily Bright, Engage Minnesota Also: Local Muslim Talks with Audience about His Experiences When I arrive at the History Theater in downtown St. Paul, a school bus is parked in front of the door. It’s the perfect audience for Jeffrey Stetson’s play The Meeting, which imagines a meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 Harlem. Not that this is a children’s play, per se. But the discussion between two great leaders of the Civil Rights movement over the power of violence vs nonviolence definitely strikes Read More …