Dismantling the myths of Ahlul Dhimma

Narratives purporting the brutality of Islam have been peddled by many groups throughout history. This discourse, often steered by anti-Islamic critics, denotes images of bloodthirsty, power-hungry Muslims mercilessly invading peaceful lands, enforcing onerous taxes to oppress the disbelievers into submission, and eventually eliminating them with the ultimate goal of establishing a homogeneous caliphate.  This vilification of Islam allows for opposing movements to garner support from … Continue reading Dismantling the myths of Ahlul Dhimma

Rahaf Mohammad and the Western saviour complex

Aisha Hasan Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed finally landed in Canada this week. Met at the airport by supporters and well-wishers, she smiled and waved, sporting a Canada hoodie and UN baseball cap as cameras flashed around her. Allegedly escaping abuse by her parents, the teen’s request for asylum was advanced by Canadian authorities, after days of international media coverage. Rahaf’s story could not be more … Continue reading Rahaf Mohammad and the Western saviour complex

Ghouta: Why knowing the details matters

Umm Mohammed Seven years into the war in Syria, the conflict shows no sign of abating and the indiscriminate killing of civilians has become the norm. Yet despite all the atrocities the Syrian people has witnessed, the latest assault in the Syrian suburb of Eastern Ghouta have been particularly brutal and impossible to ignore. Nearly 1,000 people have been killed over the past 20 days … Continue reading Ghouta: Why knowing the details matters

The Saudi Arabia crisis explained

The last week has been baffling for anyone reading the headlines on Saudi Arabia. In an unprecedented shake up, over 50 princes, former ministers and millionaires have been placed under house arrest in the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh on charges of corruption, several officials have been sacked, and prominent political figures have also been killed, allegedly by the Saudi government. Up to 500 people have also … Continue reading The Saudi Arabia crisis explained

To Palestine & back: Tourism will not save Al-Aqsa

By Afsheen Mehmood This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to visit and pray in Masjid Al Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam. To say that I was anxious about this trip would have been an understatement. For years I had thought that given the political troubles in the region, visiting Masjid Al Aqsa would be completely out of the question. In addition, … Continue reading To Palestine & back: Tourism will not save Al-Aqsa