American Muslims are ambassadors of goodwill for the US

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Among the many fields American Muslims have distinguished themselves is entrepreneurship, achieved through the use of the opportunities that the United States offers for innovation in business. Dr. Aly Gamay, head of DreamPak Company, represents one such story of success. He among the current business leaders, who came to the United States at a young […]

Respect for equality and diversity are American values

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Washington D.C. was once again the scene of American quest for harmony and equality, when a group of interfaith leaders and rights activists recently converged on the nation’s capital to demand an end to the latest version of the travel ban. The third iteration of the ban bars citizens of several countries – with no […]

We must continue to celebrate diversity as America's strength  

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  The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., marked its first anniversary last month. The museum stands as a profound testament to America’s wealth of diversity. The museum does not merely showcase the history, struggles and contributions of African Americans. It also reminds visitors of the immense achievements of African […]

American Muslim journalists share stories of their struggles and successes

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A widely attended event hosted by American Muslim Institution highlighted the need for the Muslim community to be part of the mainstream media conversation in a way that fosters awareness about their achievements. The event on “The Challenges Facing Minorities in Today’s America”, held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, provided a platform for direct interaction between some […]

‘There has never been an America without Muslims’

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“There has never been an America without Muslims.” By beginning his book, Muslims and the Making of America, with that sentence, author, Amir Hussain, challenges the assumption in certain current political discourse that sees American Muslims as relatively new arrivals that the United States may be able to live without. With an appearance at a […]

American Muslims forego Eid feasts to help Hurricane Harvey victims

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Thousands of American Muslims, particularly those living in Texas, devoted their time to rescue and relief work for victims of the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey, putting behind the customary festive Eid-al-Adha gatherings with family and friends. Texas is home to around 250,000 Muslims, many of them well-established entrepreneurs and professionals in wide-ranging fields. The Muslim community […]

Countering violent extremism requires a holistic approach

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Countering radicalization among any American community or group requires a comprehensive approach, encompassing community engagement with law enforcement officials and safeguarding vulnerable youth against negative influences. That was the emphasis in a recent discussion on “Effectively Countering Extremism: A Comprehensive Grassroots Approach,” hosted by the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. American […]

An American Muslim’s film highlights the 'Angels Within'

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The trigger for producer Noor Naghmi’s newest film was not just the post-9/11 anti-Muslim environment in the United States or even inflammatory 2016 election campaign rhetoric, but the stark distortion and lack of representation of America’s reality of tolerance and coexistence. During his travels across the United States, Naghmi’s sensitive mind saw first-hand how a […]