Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

24 10 2009

 “Who Speaks for Islam?,” the title of a two-part series beginning on Sunday on Link TV, is a benign case of bait and switch. The answer to the question, we’re told, is that no one speaks for Islam — it is too vast and diverse, spreading across too many countries and cultures, to have a single, authoritative voice.

As the Middle East analyst Reza Aslan puts it, Americans are looking for a “united voice of condemnation” of militant violence — a representative of the world’s Muslims who will unequivocally say the things they want to hear — but “there is no such person in Islam.” The voices that fill the void are those of the militants, simply because they’re loudest.




Related Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/24/arts/television/24islam.html


Culture binds people together

13 04 2009

…One of the recent visitors to the museum in Houston was guest lecturer Ajmal Maiwandi, of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which is supporting restoration projects in Afghanistan. “I think in a multicultural, multireligious society like Afghanistan,” he says, “culture is what binds people together.”

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv0r9VqLCqY

Related Article: Afghan Exhibit Brings to Texas Recently Rediscovered Gold, Artifacts via Ismaili Mail

One Nation, Many Voice (Short Films)

20 03 2009

Click on the image below to watch the films at source:


via In Muslim film contest, diversity wins

American Muslims Speak the Truth – Dr. Ahmed Younis

17 02 2009



Dr Ahmed Younis

Dr Ahmed Younis

Dr. Ahmed Younis  is national director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is the author of a book entitled American Muslims: Voir Dire (Speak the Truth), a post-September 11 look into the reality of debate surrounding American Muslims and their country. He has made guest  appearances on numerous television and radio shows and is a regular speaker in government conferences on topics such as terrorist financing and counterterrorism policy, public diplomacy, and issues affecting the Muslim American community. Dr. Younis is a member of the US-Muslim World Advisory Committee at the United States Institute of Peace. He is involved not only in creation of Muslim civil rights policy but the inclusion of Islam in American Pluralism. He and host Larry Moffitt discuss issues of stereotyping, identity, American Muslim political discourse and the integration of faith communities into mainstream America. He speaks on the growth and importance of interfaith conversation, highlighted in a recent Faith & Service Conference held in Washington DC.

Click here to watch the interview at Universal Peace Television

Also see: Dr. Ahmed Yunis’s ‘freeSpeech on CBS (1 min 29 secs)

“As an American Muslim, I am committed to the values of reason, mercy, justice, equality and humanity. Those are American values. They are also Qur’anic values.

I am a Muslim, but I am also an American and a patriot. “

Diversity: Our Multiracial American Family

11 02 2009
Members of a large, multi-racial family talk about “identity” and growing up in a non-traditional home. Susan Khou has 17 biological, adopted or foster children.


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Perspective on Identity

6 02 2009
“America is a grand gathering of souls, the vast majority from elsewhere. The American genius lies in allowing these souls to contribute their texture to the American tradition, to add new notes to the American song,” says Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. “I am an American with a Muslim soul.”




More at Source: Perspectives on Identity