Murder on the Sidewalk

A 17-year old girl gets assaulted with an iron baseball bat and killed, and then dumped by a pond a couple of miles away. In today’s America, one might just look the other way and move on. It happens all over the place all the time, one might say.

Most of the times it happens somewhere far away. Most of the time there is a reason – even a twisted, illogical, unjustifiable, unacceptable reason. But when it happens in your neighborhood and it happens for no reason – at least apparently – you wonder why. You come up with all the scenarios in which it wouldn’t happen, and how the results could have been different.

The media has covered the story in some detail: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/killing-of-muslim-teenager-not-being-investigated-as-a-hate-crime-police-say/2017/06/19/e7670f0a-54f0-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html?utm_term=.0a8c607fa5cf#comments

We will have to wait to hear more from the man charged with the murder to know why it happened. Even then we may not understand the motive or figure out what could have been done to prevent it from happening. Should we be all walking around with a ring of security around us, or not walking around at all?

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An American Muslim? How and Why

The question of identity sits at the root of personal self-worth. But, as Haroon Moghul’s experineces illustrate, identity is shaped and asserted by life’s changing circumstances and a person’s responses to them, A Muslim American identity is the projection of being comfortable in, and responsive to, his or her “Muslim-ness” and his or her “American-ness” at the same time, because they are socially inter-twined.

Here is a review of Haroon Moghul’s book: A Muslim’s difficult journey through despair to grace. Read Review. Courtesy:¬†Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Washington Post

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