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Al-Ahram: ‘Don’t take the bait’

As an African-American imam in Chicago once said, “if someone puts a dirty cup of water out, all you need to do is put a clean one next to it. And then let people make their choice.” Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Let’s Face it: It’s the Radical Right, not Islam, that is the Greatest Threat to the American Way

Imagine if a major American advertiser were to pull its ads off of Jersey Shore because they received objections that the show while portraying a group of Italian-Americans, made the glaring error of excluding Mafiosi. Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Egyptians Brave Long Lines for First Free Elections (Video)

In a country not particularly known for its orderly queues, everywhere you look today, you are met by an unfamiliar sight: millions of residents standing quietly in long orderly files (often for hours) waiting to engage in a two minute activity.
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New York Times: Congressman’s Remarks Stir the Blogosphere

Much data and polling contradicts him. As an unabashed Mr. Rehab told him, “You’d have to be living under a rock” to miss the overarching reality.
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Chicago Tribune: How bin Laden’s demise could bring a new era in U.S.-Muslim relations

Bin Laden’s devious strategy found an alarming degree of success in the sharp spike in Islamophobia in the U.S. and Europe and the surge in Al-Qaeda’s recruitment. But his plans hit an unlikely hurdle in the form of American Muslims. Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune: A Silver Lining to Egypt’s Dark Cloud

Still, an integral part of the story remains untold outside of Egypt: the strong response of everyday Egyptians – Muslims and Copts.

A popular storm of anger, defiance, and national unity is sweeping the country expressed by political leaders, members of the clergy, movie stars, students, and men and women on the street all reiterating one resounding theme: this is an attack against Egypt and all Egyptians. Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune, Ahmed Rehab: Language Matters: Islam, a Definition

Language is to ideas what the body is to the soul. It is the physical manifestation of thought. It is the mortar with which we shape our understanding of the world. But what happens when words are transmuted from one … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Shilling for the Israeli Occupation: The ADL’s New Mission Statement?

An organization that describes itself as “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency” is spending its resources decrying American organizations that are not blindly supportive of a foreign government it likes to align itself with. Continue reading

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Huffington Post, Ahmed Rehab: Tea Party Reveals Real Reason Behind Mosque Opposition Frenzy

In the public sphere, leaders of the opposition groups to the Not-At-Ground-Zero-Muslim-Center can’t seem to decide on an argument. They have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at us in the way of fabricated reasons. Continue reading

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Huffington Post, Ahmed Rehab: The Untold Story Behind the “Mosque at Ground Zero”

Americans have a right to assemble and worship freely in this country, period. It’s not only a founding principle of this nation, but a main justification for its founding. It is why many White Christians flooded to this country in the first place. Continue reading

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Huffington Post, Ahmed Rehab: More Outrage Over Helen Thomas Comment Than Murder of US Citizen

The knives are out for Helen Thomas. There is more outrage in this country over some bumbling comments she recently made than over the murder of a US citizen and eight others by our ally, Israel, on the high seas. … Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune, Ahmed Rehab: Do actions of the ‘Jewish state’ represent Jewish values?

Israel is often dubbed “the Jewish State” by its supporters, so it is not out of left field to question whether its actions should be taken as a reflection of Jewish values. That is a question ultimately for Jews to … Continue reading

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Draw Muhammad Day: It’s not about Rights, It’s about what’s Right

Rather than concern ourselves too much with the actions of others, let’s put our own values to action. If someone wishes to offend, let them knock themselves out trying. Let us instead take the higher ground and appreciate the mercy, love, and other teachings our prophet brought us by making a prayer for him on a day when others go out of their way to ridicule him. Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Ahmed Rehab: Miss USA scrutiny indicates weird obsession with Islam

Why must a Muslim person’s faith come up the moment that person breaks through the mainstream in any conceivable way – regardless of relevance or context? And why does it invariably end up linking that person through multiple degrees of … Continue reading

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Huffington Post, Ahmed Rehab: A Tale of Two Terrors: Times Square vs. Jacksonville

Times Square, New York: It is clear that this was a terrorist plot,” said US Attorney General Eric Holder of the recent New York Times Square incident in which a young Pakistani-American attempted but failed to detonate a second grade … Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn V. Ahmed Rehab: Cartoon depictions of Muhammad, the great debate

From the archives, a 2006 debate over the Muhammad cartoons between me and Ahmed Rehab, who now heads the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who was not happy with my column headlined, Standing up for message behind cartoons,” writes Zorn on his Tribune blog. Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune, Ahmed Rehab: Contrived cartoon controversy

The latest Muhammad cartoon controversy, courtesy of Comedy Central’s South Park, seems somewhat contrived. Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune, Ahmed Rehab: Tariq Ramadan ‘controversial’ message

The controversy surrounding Tariq Ramadan is based on hype spurned by the usual detractors for whom every significant Muslim voice is a foreign fifth column, feigning moderation, and secretly plotting to destroy Western civilization. Continue reading

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FOX Soccer, Ahmed Rehab: World Cup Will Miss Egyptians

After winning the last two African Cup of Nations in 2006 in Egypt and again in 2008 in Ghana, Egypt entered this year’s competition facing plenty of skepticism. Many doubted that any team could pull off three championship wins in a row, particularly when missing their best players: Mido, Amr Zaki, Mohamed Barakat, and Mohamed Abou Treika. Continue reading

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Chicago Crescent, Ahmed Rehab:Faith, Peace, Sin & Smoke

There is a new anti-smoking medicine out there. I first tried it during a business trip in Scotland. It works as follows: you gurgle with it before you smoke, it washes out and purifies your taste buds such that if you try to pop in a cigarette in the next 24 hours, you cannot help but cringe at the unbearably bitter taste of the toxins contained therein.

Now, whether you can actually taste them or not, these toxins are always there when you smoke, doing their number on your lungs, blood, skin, teeth, hair, etc. Smokers may think they are better of not tasting the toxins; but then again, if they could always taste them, they would realize the reality of what they are getting into, the reality of feeding on poison. Who would continue to smoke if the act of smoking itself was an unbearable experience and not a seemingly pleasant and rewarding one? Who would smoke if the act of smoking actually felt as repulsive as its effect?
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