Imran Khan

Ten years after the “Islamic Attack” on 9/11, some of the saner Americans have overcome the trauma to reflect on the reality that is Islam’s historic legacy. I had the privilege of viewing many pieces of art from various muslim countries made of the period of centuries at the Metropolitan museum in New York. The pain taken in exquisitely presenting these incredible pieces is worth every praise.  The curators took the time and effort to dig into the history of each and every piece and present it to the visitor in both written and aural form. The respect shown to the work of muslim artists is in sharp contrast to the negative narrative still in mainstream media. But healthy signs are now manifesting them in different forms where some of the americans are having the guts to standing up to the mainstream media.

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by M.Salahuddin Khan

US Senate Tea Party candidate, Nevada’s Sharron Angle yesterday made public comments about Islamic religious law taking hold in some US cities coupled with equating such a development with a “militant terrorist situation.” We’re in the depths of electioneering silly season. Read more

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by Imran H. Khan

As Muslims across the world prepare for, typically, once in a lifetime travel to Mecca to fulfill their religious obligation, it is time to ponder upon its impact on our planet Earth. With the rapid growth in Muslim populations, the advent of aviation and relative prosperity, an increasing number of Muslims are performing Haj.  Last year three million people performed it and the number of Hajis ( as they are called) are only going to increase with time as the facilities at Mecca are improved and the availability of aircraft like Airbus A380 and Boeing747.

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by M. Salahuddin

It isn’t possible to burn the Qur’an.

“Qur’an” strictly means a “recital” and it’s for a good reason. The Qur’an was revealed as a verbal experience. Embracing it is a verbal-mental process. Above all, it’s about MEANING and living according to it. Therefore the Qur’an cannot actually be burned. Since Islam began, Muslims have been committing the Qur’an to memory and such people are called “Huffaz,” (singular—Hafiz).

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by Imran H. Khan

Today is nearly the middle of Ramadan, a month of reflection and fasting for Muslims. It is also an appropriate time to reflect upon how Muslims are doing in America.  They are certainly getting more than their due share of attention in the media and in the political arena of this country.  One of the purpose of this post is to capture a snapshot of what is happening to American Muslims at this time for posterity. It is my intention to do this every year to gauge the trajectory of how this American group is doing.

While considerable progress has been made since 9/11 to educate the Americans in terms of Islam, the American public is still quite confused as to what Islam really is and Muslim practices like fasting in Ramadan.  With the upcoming mid year elections and strained economy, political leaders have found Islam and Muslims as a convenient scapegoat for furthering their chances of election. One of the positive change is that the current President understands Islam and has initiated different efforts to bring about harmony between the US and the Muslim world.

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by Imran H. Khan

It is interesting that in reading the Quran there is no mention of a number of things that are commonly intimately linked to Islam. There is no mention of Sharia, Caliphate, Imam or for that matter any preference of forms of governance. The core message seems to be individual responsibility for his or her actions.  Since there is no Imam or organized religion within Islam, it is difficult to talk about separation of State and Religion.  The basic message is of compassion and morals, with legislation occupying a secondary place. Of the Quran’s 6,000 verses, fewer than 700 deal with legislation and only 200 of these are directly concerned with regulation of social matters.

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by M. Salahuddin Khan

Weeks of wrangling and public media controversy have seen every manner of argument tried and discarded in favor of the next, in order to secure a legal blockage of the proposed Cordoba Initiative mosque project in lower Manhattan, just 2 blocks from Ground Zero.

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by Imran H.Khan

The Almighty in Quran set up trajectories of social transformation and not absolute law. This was the balance to make the social change realizable in a society suffering from so many social evils and to make it a source of guidance for all times to come. One of the great misunderstandings over the Muslim history has been the inability to understand this basic fact. I will try to explain this in the context of slavery and woman’s rights.

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by Imran H. Khan

One of the distinct sense that I got in reading Quran was that God is not owned by any one religious group. Instead He relishes belonging to all different groupings.

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)”. Quran 49:13

Then He goes further on to state that He sends a messenger to all nations and therefore will not judge any nation without having given them adequate warning.

Surely We have sent thee with the truth good tidings to bear, and warning; not a nation there is, but there has passed away in it a warner“. Quran 35:24

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by Imran H. Khan

Water was not what I had in mind this early in my read of Quran, but with so much going on related to it, I decided to discuss it earlier than later. Water as we know it is the source of life. When NASA sends its probes to different heavenly bodies, one of the key pieces of information is the presence of water. Indeed one of the key recent discoveries recently have been the presence of water on the poles of the Moon and the possibility of it on Mars. So it is not surprising to find multiple references to water in different contexts in Quran.

“We have made every living thing out of water.” (Sura 21 The Prophets, ayat 30).

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