January 13, 2016 |
LATE LAST WEEK, as darkness draped the streets of West Philadelphia, Edward Archer was caught on video walking up to a police cruiser, extending his arm, and pumping 13 bullets into the vehicle, hitting Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. The gravely wounded officer returned fire, hitting the fleeing suspect, and Archer was captured shortly thereafter. But it wasn't the shooting that shocked the city. Nor was it the irony of Archer shooting Hartnett with a police service weapon that had been stolen from an officer's home in 2013.
January 13, 2016
THREE WEEKS AFTER two Muslim terrorists murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., a national Muslim organization held its previously scheduled annual convention there. After condemning the terrorism, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, U.S.A. seized the opportunity to launch a campaign called "True Islam and the Extremists. " It is composed of online endorsements (at www.TrueIslam.com ), fliers, public meetings, open mosque events, and outreach to interfaith groups. Ahmadi Muslims have about 70 mosques and 20,000 adherents in the U.S., and are so devoted to nonviolence and accepting other religions that I think of them as the Quakers of Islam.
January 12, 2016 |
ASIM ABDUR RASHID, imam of Masjid Mujahideen on south 60th Street in West Philadelphia, said he was stunned Friday when his son called and said that someone near the mosque shot a police officer in the name of Islam. "I said, 'What?' " Rashid recalled yesterday. Friday afternoon, Rashid denounced the shooting and said he did not know the gunman, whom police identified as Edward Archer, 30, of Philadelphia and Yeadon. A few hours later, members of the masjid set Rashid straight by citing Archer's Muslim name.
January 8, 2016 |
AFTER HIS foster brother Latif shot his brother John to death in 1993, Hanief Wesley Robinson spent years plotting a murderous revenge. To this day, Robinson doesn't know whether Latif Michael Myrick intentionally or accidentally ended 14-year-old John B. Robinson III's life. It didn't matter to him. Robinson wanted Myrick dead. "I wanted his blood," Robinson said. "An eye for an eye. " Myrick was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and spent nearly 20 years in prison.
January 6, 2016 |
Can Kamala Khan help save the world - or at least help make it more peaceful and understanding? Don't laugh. As fear of Islamic extremists has risen in the United States following recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the first Muslim character in mainstream superhero comics to carry her own title is growing in popularity. Ms. Marvel , the character's alter ego, has been a consistently best-selling title in an increasingly crowded marketplace still dominated by decades-old characters.
January 4, 2016
Rana Elmir is the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan As an American Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked - by media figures, religious leaders, politicians, and Internet trolls - to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism. I emphatically refuse. Make no mistake: The terror imposed by those who sympathize with Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State extremist group), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, and other groups is just as foreign to me as the terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country.
December 24, 2015
A RALLY HAPPENED in Upper Darby last week that gave me hope and presented a challenge. The rally was organized by Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood and Kamal Rahman, one of the leaders of the Masjid Al-Madinah Upper Darby Islamic Center. Chitwood told me the rally was talked about over the last few months and was intended to clearly denounce ISIS, underline the alliance of the Islamic Center and the police department and serve as a direct statement about the pride that the Muslim citizens had in being Americans.
December 17, 2015 |
"Muslims have feelings. " "REAL Muslims are peaceful" "All humans united against terrorism. " So read just a few of the signs that were carried, clutched and hung up this morning by dozens of Muslim men, women and children at the Masjid Al Madinah Mosque and Islamic Center, in Upper Darby Townshp. Muslim leaders from the center, on 69th Street near Walnut, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Upper Darby police at a morning news conference to denounce ISIS and affirm their alliance with the police department and their status as American citizens.
December 17, 2015 |
"MUSLIMS HAVE feelings. " "REAL Muslims are peaceful. " "All humans united against terrorism. " So read just a few of the signs that were carried, clutched and hung up yesterday morning by dozens of Muslim men, women and children outside of the Masjid Al-Madinah Upper Darby Islamic Center. Muslim leaders from the center, on 69th Street near Walnut, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Upper Darby police at a news conference to denounce ISIS and affirm their alliance with the police department and their status as American citizens.