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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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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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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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Chicago Tribune, Ahmed Rehab: Olympics Positives

I have been disappointed with the generally negative coverage of the Chicago 2016 Olympics bid by the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune oddly seems to see the glass one-quarter empty rather than three-quarters full. The Tribune ought to report on some of the amazing Chicago stories that take place daily as a result of the bid. Continue reading

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Another Slight For Muslims

The Asbahi affair is the latest episode in a long list of anti-Muslim blunders that have tainted the 2008 presidential campaign. It makes for a case study that offers ample insight into the nature of today’s Islamophobia. Typically, the cycle begins with allegations of questionable associations leveled against the subject from a dubious Internet source.
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The Blogger, the Chef and the Terrorist

How could a chirpy TV host with such edible title credits as “30 Minute Meals” and “Tasty Travels” one day awaken to find herself in the middle of a terrorism-related media blitz — all because of a Dunkin’ Donuts ad, no less? Continue reading

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Smear Campaign Speaks Volumes About Society

I am not drawn to Obama for any other reason but his political outlook, one that brings me hope that we can move beyond divisiveness and polarization and toward a new unity for the common good. So it is not that I am offended as a Muslim that Obama would not want to be one; I couldn’t care less. I am casting a vote for the next president of the United States, not the next imam of my mosque. Continue reading

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Remember Amadou Cisse, Fight Urban Crime

Amadou was shot and killed on the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago early Monday morning. This was just weeks after he had successfully defended his Ph.D thesis in Chemistry at the top-rated university. Amadou’s story is the best and worst of what we have to offer. In our top institutions, we afforded Amadou a ticket to the top. And in our unsafe inner-city streets, we afforded him his demise. Continue reading

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Fighting Imaginary Terrorist Threats

The case against the foundation was particularly worrisome because of its dubious legal arguments. While the government acknowledged that every penny the foundation raised went to peaceful charitable relief, it argued that by providing legitimate charity to needy Palestinians, the foundation was intentionally freeing up Hamas’ charitable funds for terrorist activity. The government’s evidence to substantiate this ludicrous argument ranged from mention of the word “Hamas” by the defendants to textbook guilt by association. Continue reading

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In Practice, Racism Is Not An Equal Opportunity Offender

Ahmed Rehab responds to the Don Imus flap in which he made crude racial remarks about African-American women. Continue reading

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The One Man Zidane Could Not Conquer

Zidane: the nominal Muslim, the son of Algerian immigrants, the French hero, and above all the intelligent footballer who conquered Europe and the world, for me will always be the small boy who struggled to beat the odds, counting only on his creative genius and will power. Continue reading

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Up From The Mean Streets Of Marseille

Then suddenly and in the dying paragraphs, the fairy tale turned into a Shakespearean tragedy–woeful and wretched. It was as if the chivalrous knight, upon conquering all the dragons in his path, instead chose to cast himself from atop the castle. No one enjoys such a bad ending to a fairy tale, which perhaps is why the world still finds itself engrossed with one man’s tragedy while glossing over what was supposed to be the real story from the World Cup: Italy being crowned soccer’s world champions for a fourth time. Continue reading

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Moderate Voices

Westerners, I am very appreciative of an article that brings forth the moderate and refreshing views of credible mainstream leaders from the Muslim world. I have grown tired of hearing my religion in the media attributed solely to nutcases such as Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Continue reading

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The Zorn-Rehab Debate – Chicago Tribune

Ahmed Rehab and the Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn debate the Danish Cartoons, Terrorism, Islam & the West and much more. Continue reading

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