Glorious Books of Summer That Take You Through To Labor Day

The must-read books of summer that will take you through to Labor Day will engage, educate and enlighten you. This summer, I've come across stories of heroic Muslim women, our America's founding fathers view of Islam, and a book on happiness. As I write this, I am on the beach with one or more books, jotting down notes, and circling clever phrases. In this selection, you will find books that … [Read more...]

A Special Eid Mubarak And How To Keep The Spirit of Ramadan Alive

The coming of Eid al-Fitr is a special time for Muslims everywhere, and although it means the end of Ramadan, the spirit of Ramadan can be kept alive by choosing to stay connected  to the Universe. After a month of soul-and-body cleansing rituals, Muslims are stronger. Spiritually. During the holy month, Muslims fasted, prayed more, and many gave more of their time and wealth to charity.  For … [Read more...]

3 Simple Rules On How To Be A Great Terrorism Analyst

A terrorism analyst is one of the most challenging careers and there is so much I had to learn. After years of experience, I learned a few key tips that helped me cope with stress and manage my time.    When I started, I knew that the life of a terrorism analyst is far from glamorous.  In the early part of my career in the U.S. Government, I had to prove that I could be a great … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why the Conflict in Kashmir Should Not Be Ignored by Anyone

The Kashmir conflict has raged on for more than 70 years and cost thousands of lives as well as put the entire South Asia at risk of war, which is why the conflict in Kashmir should not ignored by anyone. The conflict in the valley of Kashmir is a human tragedy. Nuclear-armed countries India and Pakistan have proven incapable of finding a viable political solution to an ancient conflict. And … [Read more...]

How To Think Like A Terrorist And Take Preventive Measures

We live in the worst of times. We  know that ISIS is capable of another major attack which means more victims and violence. And that's exactly what happened in Manchester, London and Tehran earlier this month.   The bad news is that there will be more attacks. This is why gaining access to the 'the operational nugget' is critical.  I remember using that word way back when I was in the U.S. … [Read more...]

The Ongoing Debate: Should Muslims Do More To Stop Terrorist Attacks?

After the horrific attack in Manchester, local residents were asked to discuss their views on whether Muslims should do more to stop future terrorist attacks. This is an uncomfortable question for most Muslims because there is great disagreement on the answer. The two opinions are as follows: Some Muslims believe that they had nothing to do with the attacks in Manchester or anywhere else. Why … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why ISIS Conducted Dual Terrorist Attacks in Iran

This morning, two terrorist attacks hit the capital city of Iran and ISIS claimed responsibility. The attacks, which took place at the Parliament building and at the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, proves that ISIS is reaching beyond traditional targets to strike fear everywhere. Why Iran? First, a few quick observations: Iran is the largest … [Read more...]

Is America The Next Target for a Terrorist Attack?

We live in a time when a terrorist attack in the United States seems real following the crazy incidents in London and Manchester. For the first time in "terrorism history," attackers have learned that they don't need sophisticated training or big bombs to strike fear in a capital city. Terrorists just need a motive and the means to kill innocent people.  The means is easy. Over the past six … [Read more...]

Terrorists Hit London Again. Why Are We Surprised?

Hours ago, the small scale terrorist-related attacks in London reminded the world community that ISIS was not lying about hitting the city. Again. After all, ISIS made a commitment to strike during the holy month of Ramadan. But even when we knew that something was about to happen, a violent attack is always surprising. Three months ago, a car and knife attack along London's Westminster Bridge … [Read more...]

Must See Why This 3 Minute Video Went Viral: Worship God With Love, Not Terror

A Kuwaiti singer launches a powerful song with striking images of smiling faces and terrorists-in-distress to convey one simple message: God is Greater. Than those who destroy humanity. God is Greater. Allah Akbar.  The song is a call for understanding, love and mercy. Posted online by the Kuwaiti telecommunications giant Zain TV, which operates across West Asia, the advertisement has had … [Read more...]

The Meaning of Religion and Why It Matters Today

Three days into the month of Ramadan, one of Islam's holiest months, and I'm reminded of the strength of faith. CNN seems to think so too with its new series on religion.  A month into the show, The Believers that takes a deeper look at the power of believing in a higher being and living for a greater purpose. Narrated by an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar on religions, Reza Aslan … [Read more...]

3 Lessons Learned From Teaching The Military

Training the American armed forces was one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences. In the classroom, participants (i.e., soldiers) helped me understand war by sharing their experiences of serving in a Muslim country. Here's what they taught me: 3 things I learned again: War is not black and white. But shades of gray, and every other color in-between. Although there is a real enemy in … [Read more...]

The Opening to My New Book On Violent Extremism

  For those of you who missed it, the moderates and the murderers of Islam are exposed in my new next book.  Here's the opening:  For years, I dreamt of hijackings on airplanes. In my dreams, men with dark eyes wear raven-black masks and wield sharp weapons. They speak a language I vaguely understand and make plans to strike a passenger. At that moment, I rise from my seat to announce my … [Read more...]

A Message To The Army: You Just Can’t Kill Anyone

A month ago, there was a siege in a village. A contact, who will remain unnamed for security reasons, gave me a horrific account of the military madness that took place in the pristine valley of Kashmir.  They did it again. They shot four boys in our neighborhood. One was fifteen-years old. Oh God, I thought. He is too young to die. He belongs to someone. I could not (did not want to) … [Read more...]

3 Simple Ways to Warn Children About Online Extremism

The Internet is familiar. And it's all too easy to search for the wrong person, group and idea. So how can Muslim parents talk to their children about extremist groups looking for young recruits? A mother of two teenagers, I warn my children, weekly and then monthly, about the dangers of extremists trolling the digital world. At the end of one of my talks, my eldest said, "I have a future here." … [Read more...]

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