Arsalan Iftikhar

Arsalan Iftikhar is Senior Editor of The Islamic Monthly magazine


Arsalan Iftikhar is Senior Editor of The Islamic Monthly magazine



ARTICLES BY Arsalan Iftikhar



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Abdul Sattar Edhi: A Muslim Mother Teresa

Although “Pakistan” literally means “land of the pure” in Urdu, if we were to objectively look at its 70-year so


Although “Pakistan” literally means “land of the pure” in Urdu, if we were to objectively look at its 70-year sociopolitical history, it would be quite difficult to find much purity there. At a macro level, there have been numerous military coups, high-profile political assassinations and never-ending sectarian violence. There have also been many prominent Pakistanis: […]

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America’s “Dirty Arab” Islamophobia Problem

Can you imagine if an Arab American man constantly harassed his White neighbors in Oklahoma with indefensible racial slu


Can you imagine if an Arab American man constantly harassed his White neighbors in Oklahoma with indefensible racial slurs like “dirty honky” or “filthy cracker” on a regular basis? Can you imagine if this same Arab American man was also found guilty of running over a White mother with his car and somehow not have to serve any significant […]

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Islamophobia is Cool in America Today

By Arsalan Iftikhar AUTHORS NOTE: At the time of posting, the original title for this column was “Islamophobia i


By Arsalan Iftikhar AUTHORS NOTE: At the time of posting, the original title for this column was “Islamophobia is the New Black,” which was in direct reference to the popular culture Netflix television show “Orange is the New Black” (hence the orange background). As people who are well-versed in the English language are quite aware, most people know […]

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Hey Europe: Call Them Refugees (Not Migrants)!

The terms “refugee” and “migrant” are being used interchangeably by government officials, mainstream media outle


The terms “refugee” and “migrant” are being used interchangeably by government officials, mainstream media outlets and average people on the street in reference to the humanitarian crisis we are witnessing around the world today. However, it is important to note that these terms have very different meanings and legal distinctions. To be clear, many of […]

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Domestic Terrorism at UNC-Chapel Hill

Dear America, Could you imagine if 300 million of us Americans woke up one morning to the breaking news that a gun-wield


Dear America, Could you imagine if 300 million of us Americans woke up one morning to the breaking news that a gun-wielding brown Muslim man had killed three white college students in cold blood (including a newlywed couple) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill by individually shooting each one of them execution-style in the […]

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Muslim Rapper “Brother Ali” on Islam & Hip-Hop

Recently, the American Muslim rapper known as “Brother Ali” (born Jason Douglas Newman) sat down with The Islamic Mo


Recently, the American Muslim rapper known as “Brother Ali” (born Jason Douglas Newman) sat down with The Islamic Monthly senior editor Arsalan Iftikhar to discuss the trajectory of his underground hip-hop career, the role of Islam in his work and naming his “Top 5” favorite rappers of all time. ARSALAN IFTIKHAR (The Islamic Monthly): Most […]

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Dear Don Lemon: Thanks for Making Me Famous

Apparently, we currently live in a “post-racial” America where a prominent national television news anchor can ask a


Apparently, we currently live in a “post-racial” America where a prominent national television news anchor can ask an American Muslim human rights lawyer whether he supports a terrorist organization simply because he happens to be a Muslim. Because that is exactly what happened to me recently with CNN anchor Don Lemon. During my nationally-televised January […]

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Let’s Call ISIS “The Un-Islamic State”

Dear ISIS & Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, You are not “The Islamic State.” There is nothing Islamic about behead


Dear ISIS & Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, You are not “The Islamic State.” There is nothing Islamic about beheading foreign journalists, indiscriminately targeting religious minorities and instilling wanton terror within the general civilian population where your terrorist thugs operate. As I mentioned during a July 2012 CNN television interview, you are so crazy that even Al-Qaeda’s […]

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My State Department Trip to Central Asia

The early 20th-century Yale geography professor Ellsworth Huntington once said that all of the “evidence points to Ce


The early 20th-century Yale geography professor Ellsworth Huntington once said that all of the “evidence points to Central Asia as man’s original home…For the general movement of human migrations [since early modern history] has been outward from that region and not inward” since that time. Bordered by Russia to the north and China to the east, the […]

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Meet State Department’s New Head of Religious Outreach

On July 15, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Shaun Casey to become the Special Advisor to the Secretary of


On July 15, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Shaun Casey to become the Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Previously, he was at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where he is Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS). Mr. […]