To my brothers and sisters in America

To my brothers and sisters in America,

I, like you, woke up today and lost a little faith in humanity. And if I, a Canadian in the far north, feels this way, I can’t imagine how you are feeling this morning. Afraid. Terrified. Shocked.  Continue reading “To my brothers and sisters in America”

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Before you go and join ISIS…

A short letter to potential recruits

 

Salam alaikum,

Peace be with you, whoever you are. You may be a young Muslim, anywhere between 18 to 30, most likely male. Perhaps you’re a convert, swept up in the religious zeal of your newfound faith. You’re angry at the injustice going on in the world. You’re distraught by the discrimination you face as a Muslim.

Regardless, you have been drawn into the ISIS war machine by their promise of adventure and the romance of restoring the glory of Islam. Maybe your bags are already packed and you’re ready to go.

But before you board your flight to Syria or Iraq or wherever, ask yourself this simple question:

Are they merciful?

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Chapel Hill, Islamophobia and The Future

A man lighting candles at a vigil

It’s a sad fact that sometimes it takes death for us to spur on change. So for the Muslim students murdered in Chapel Hill—for Deah, Yusor and Razan—your deaths have not been in vain.

They were murdered execution style in their home, and if mainstream media is to be believe, it was over a parking dispute. I suppose it’s also worth mentioning that the killer was abrasively atheistic, but one’s personal beliefs shouldn’t factor into their motives, should it? I mean, if it was one zealous Muslim shooter killing three atheists the story wouldn’t be any different, right?

Right? Continue reading “Chapel Hill, Islamophobia and The Future”

The Fault Line: Fallout from Charlie Hebdo

I think an intro about the Charlie Hebdo is pretty moot at this point. The attack of Muslim extremists on the French satirical paper has rattled the world, and has dragged the topic of Freedom of Speech kicking and screaming out into the daylight. But the real fallout here will be on how this affects Muslims in Europe and around the world. Continue reading “The Fault Line: Fallout from Charlie Hebdo”

42 Things I Learned in America

I just came back from a two-week road trip through the good old U-S-of-A. I went with three friends, and we traveled through Washington, spent most of the time in California, then went back north through Utah, Idaho and Montana. During our journey I kept track of little things I noticed; whether they’re wisdoms or not is entirely up to you to decide.

Man standing next to Golden Gate Bridge
Me standing on a very nice cobblestone wall, with some famous bridge or something in the background.

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