One of the seldom spoken of, but often worried about daily issues within the Muslim community, (for those that actually practise Islam outside of Ramadan and Eid celebrations) is the subject of dating or meeting a mate. I had an African brother a few years ago ask me how do meet someone in this country if you are a Muslim? This has become one of the greyish of grey areas in many communities. This article takes a stab at assisted marriage to address the silent horror in many Muslim American families. Some Muslims have even taking to a version of speed dating to find a solution.Parents worry about their children marrying outside of the deen which is understandable, and children are tempted because they were raised in a society that does not hold itself to the same level that Islam has set. FYI, this is not only a US or Western problem, many countries that are predominately Muslim also struggle with dating (although they don't advertise it).
Protect your neck! It should come as no surprise that violence, discrimination, and the harassment of Muslims in the U.S. are on the rise. Remeber to bob and weave, and for goodness sake don't get them mixed up...the outcome is usually ugly.
There has been a significant amount of attention given to the call for the formation of a legitimate Caliphate (I can see the Presidents, Amirs, Shieks, and Kings on the horn dispatching some guys in suits to talk to anyone who is serious about it), but it may be a good idea for the same reason that it terrifies so many others. A just ruler is exactly what the world needs. Unfortunately, it is also one of the rarest things in existence during anytime periond. I would not want a Caliphate established by some of the have baked corrupt leaders of existing Muslim countries.....apparently some non-Muslims agree that Muslims need a Caliphate also, but for different reasons.
I think that I am going to start a category called the stupidest idea of the week. Here is the first nominee. I have never heard of a scenario where having separate streets for different people solved a problem.....isn't this how the Bloods and Crips started? Have we learned nothing?
Keith Ellison has a chance to make history as the first Muslim to be elected to congress. I think that he is a good example of Muslim Americans. He is African American (contrary to popular belief, most Muslims in America are African American and not Arabs (I have a lot of love for all my brothers and sisters regardless of background), He is a convert (although I don't like that term), He left the nation of Islam to accept Islam as so many before him have done. Inshallah, he will end up like Barak Obama ( I know that he is not Muslim, but he seems somewhat fair and concerned about people) and not like Malcolm (laid out in the Audubon...no disrespect intended).
Can't we all just get along? No really!
Two stories that I enjoy relaying are about people who accept the deen and the expansion of the deen, so end with both.