Taqiyya and War: Comments of an Imam Under Scrutiny

Taqiyya, meaning fear in Arabic, is an Islamic juridical term that relates to when a Muslim is permitted to lie.

In most religions, such as Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Christianity and Sikhism, lies are forbidden. But Imam Abdollah Vakily, a Canadian of Iranian origin, who is also the head of an international Islamic school in Canada, holds a different view about lies in Islam.… [Read more]

Why Are Right Wing Extremists So Anti-Islamic?

Simple. It has nothing to do with the color of skin. It’s nothing that simple. In fact, most right wingers don’t know WHY they are Islamophobic. They just know they “support Israel” because their leaders “support Israel” and they must do as their leaders tell them because that’s why we have leaders because they know better than we do.… [Read more]

Obama Declared January 16th “Religious Freedom Day”

“Our long history of religious tolerance and pluralism has strengthened our country, helped create a vibrant civil society, and remained true to the principles enshrined in our founding documents.” President Obama 01-13-2012

In September of 2001, I was a freshman at an all-girls college in Pittsburgh, PA.  After the attacks on September 11th, I remember driving around the city and seeing a stuffed figure, clad in a turban, hanging from the rafters of a resident’s porch.… [Read more]