Op-Ed: Baltimore Sun. Just because you can ridicule Prophet Muhammad doesn’t mean you should (1/12/15)

After 36 straight hours of managing sick patients, I was beat. “Last patient,” I said to myself before examining a frail lady in her 80s who was recovering from abdominal surgery. As I touched her incision, she grabbed my hand with [...]
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Op-Ed: Getting Real About Blasphemy and Free Speech. Huffington Post (1/9/15)

Link to original article On January 7, gunmen did not just commit the heinous murder of 12 people at theCharlie Hebdo office in Paris; they also unleashed a barrage of extremism on both ends of the ideological spectrum. On one end are some Muslim [...]

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Answering 7 Charges of Animal Cruelty Against Muslims (Huffington Post)

Link to original article I was in high school when my parents bought a goat in 1984, Pakistan. I named it, fed it, walked it, and then within a week, witnessed it getting slaughtered. It was a heart-wrenching experience at Eid-ul-Adha, a major [...]
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What about a Palestinian’s right to freedom? (FoxNews 8/1/2014)

Link to original article In his recent article, Dov Lipman invoked American values and warned us of “hypocrisy” if we don’t support “Israel’s right to defend itself.” But he forgot our core value: freedom. The [...]

What Americans should know about Ramadan (FoxNews 6/27/14)

Link to original article An Egyptian buys traditional Ramadan lantern marking the holy month of Ramadan at a market in the neighborhood of Sayeda Zeinab, Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Muslims observe the dawn-to-dusk fasting during [...]
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Letter to a real martyr: #Justice4Mehdi (Fox News. 6/4/2014)

Link to the original article.  Dear Mehdi, Greetings of peace! You’ve been all over the place: CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, Reuters… Up until a week ago, most Americans didn’t know you. But [...]

Don’t Blame Islam for Boko Haram (Huffington Post. 5/9/2014)

Link to original article.  When the news broke that over 200 girls had been abducted by Boko Haram, I was prepared for some Islamophobic rhetoric from the Spencer/Gellar ilk. What I was not expecting were Pulitzer prize winners like Leonard [...]

Five Reasons the 9/11 Museum should drop “Islamist” (29th April, 2014. RNC/Washington Post)

Link to original articleOn May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched the film. But [...]

Bangladesh: I Am Sorry (The Daily Star Dec 26th 2013)

Link to original article I was born in Pakistan, a few months before the war which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh on December 16, 1971. And it was only after I moved to the US that I recognised the magnitude of human rights abuses the [...]
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