Islam or Islamist Extremism?

In recent months and years, certain Muslims have been cruelly and gratuitously slaughtering innocent people around the world. In Paris, Peshawar, Boston, New York, Canada, and Kenya, these people have staged spectacular murders with the specific aim of generating as much revulsion as possible. Not only do the perpetrators profess to be Muslims, they claim that their deeds are justified, even praiseworthy, because they advance the religion of Islam. Taking these people at their word, the casual observer might conclude that something about Islam itself inspires these acts. As a Western convert to Islam with a long history of involvement with jihad groups, I can attest that this is false, and that these people are delusional liars...

Clipped Wings

A student of philosophy laments that I am a religious person. He tells me that my “wings are clipped,” that my belief prevents me from soaring in the heights of thought and wisdom. Rather, the right example is that of a tree. It requires for its health that its dead and stray branches be trimmed. The more skillfully this is done, the more fruitful the tree will be...

Religion in the American Public Square: An Islamic Perspective

Once upon a time, the diverse town of Jersey City, New Jersey marked Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, and the Hindu New Year with public pronouncements, signs, parades and displays at City Hall. The celebrations ended after the city was sued, and lost, on the grounds that its official acknowledgment of these holidays violated the Constitution. As Muslims, should we have agreed with the city or with the court?

Letter of Ismail Royer to Judge Brinkema Upon Sentencing — 3/31/2004

On January 16, 2004, I appeared before Your Honor to acknowledge my role in aiding and abetting others in the use of firearms and an explosive in the course of a conspiracy to violate the Neutrality Act. I write to you today to reaffirm that admission of guilt, to reiterate my complete acceptance of responsibility, to explain to Your Honor my feelings about my actions and their consequences, and to provide some background about myself and my future plans...