Monday is Muslim Day at the Capitol

For the past few years, Muslims in the state of Washington have been going to Olympia on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to celebrate the memory of one of the nation’s greatest advocates for civil rights and human dignity. The event has been a great success, drawing several hundred Muslims from all over the state […]
Jan 14, 2012

Guilt by friend request: How the war on terror came to my facebook

My finger froze over the mouse as I squinted at a blurry photo of a young Pakistani man holding an AK-47 on my Facebook page.  “Confirm friend request,” the cheerful blue font suggested. I closed the window and sighed, saving the decision for another morning. The obvious answer here—the one I got from everyone I […]
Feb 27, 2012

Not “Just Another Towelhead”: A Globalist Q&A with slam poet Hamda Yusuf

Meet Hamda Yusuf: She’s 19, she’s a local slam poetry champion, and she wants to be the US ambassador to Somalia.
Apr 5, 2013
At a press conference organized by CAIR-WA Ethiopian American Aisha Gobana spoke out about an incident in March when she says she was threatened by a man with a gun in a SeaTac gas station who said "I don’t trust Muslims, I trust my gun." (Photo courtesy CAIR-WA)

Anti-Islam rhetoric poses a threat to all people of color

I gave up having intellectual debates about Islam when I realized how dangerous they can be for people who look like me.
Apr 15, 2015
Zainab Haji (left) gives cookies to Kent Chadwick, who turned out in support of the Islamic Center of Kitsap County in 2015 in response to announced plans for an anti-Islam rally the Bremerton mosque. No protestors actually showed up. (Photo courtesy CAIR-WA)

A hate group called for protests at local mosques. Guess who showed up?

They expected armed anti-Islam protestors. What they got was a group of neighbors who turned out to show support for religious freedom.
Oct 14, 2015
Welcome to "the grey zone." (Photo by Tariq Yusuf)

What the Paris attacks felt like for American Muslims

When every terror attack is a setback in the struggle for acceptance.
Nov 25, 2015
Hijabis cross the street during Car Free Day in Bandung, Indonesia. (Photo from Flickr by Ikhlasul Amal)

8 surprising secrets about wearing hijab

It's World Hijab Day so it's a great opportunity to take a lighthearted look at some daily struggles and benefits that come with wearing a headscarf.
Feb 1, 2016

Man faces hate crime charge after confrontation at Seattle mosque

Police say the man had a gun and argued with two men after he demanded to know "where they were from."
Feb 4, 2016
Bernard White plays Amir and J. Anthony Crane plays Isaac in the Seattle Rep's production of Disgraced. (Photo by Liz Lauren)

How Muslims are “Disgraced” by the most popular play in America

Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced is filling theaters and thrilling critics by putting American Muslims on the defensive.
Mar 2, 2016
Student activists observing the first Islamophobia Awareness Day in 2015 near Victor Steinbrueck Park. (Photo by Ayan Jama)

Global Islamophobia Awareness Day centers Muslim youth experience

In its second year, Seattle-born Islamophobia Awareness Day goes global, calling for better understanding of the Muslim experience and its youth.
May 12, 2016
Bellevue College (Photo from Flickr by Art Brom)

Hate speech at Bellevue College: Student group demands action

There have been at least five incidents of hate speech at Bellevue College this year threatening LGBTQ and Muslim students. It's time to take action.
May 23, 2016

SeaTac Muslims, interfaith leaders criticize idea of ‘tactical map’

Residents, interfaith leaders spoke out after an investigation uncovered an attempt at religious profiling of Muslims in the city of SeaTac.
Jun 7, 2016
The vigil at Cal Anderson park for the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Systemic racism and misogyny are killing Queer and Trans People of Color every day

Violence against Queer and Trans People of Color didn’t start in Orlando on Saturday, and it won’t end there.
Jun 13, 2016

Threats to Seattle mosque leads to arrest

The alleged threat to Idris Mosque comes two days after a threat was made against the Muslim Association of Puget Sound's mosque in Redmond.
Jun 14, 2016

Young Washington delegate offers view at Democratic National Convention

First-time delegate Varisha Khan, 20, reflects on the Democratic National Convention, which is in its third day in Philadelphia today.
Jul 27, 2016
The sign at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound mosque in Redmond was vandalized for the second time in a month. (Photo by Redmond Police Department via Facebook)

Redmond mosque sign vandalized for the second time in a month

The sign was vandalized twice in the past month and Redmond police are investigating the incidents as possible hate crimes.
Dec 21, 2016
Student activists observing the first Islamophobia Awareness Day in 2015 near Victor Steinbrueck Park. (Photo by Ayan Jama)

Kids of many faiths unite for anti-Islamophobia workshop

An upcoming workshop in Seattle will teach middle- and high-school students how to use the media to fight anti-Muslim sentiments in their own communities.
Jan 6, 2017
Seattle Quaker community members and peace activists visited the Islamic Center of Federal Way last Ramadan in a show of solidarity and support. Here Megan Fair of CAIR-WA stands with Imam Bazi and Shabbir Ahmed. (Photo by Alex Garland)

How to be a Muslim ally in the Trump era

With every new hate crime and spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric, fear and uncertainty in our community grows. You can help by being a strong Muslim ally.
Feb 1, 2017
Aaron Cayko has attended the Idris mosque for five years. (Photo by Julia-Grace Sanders)

The doors are wide open at Northgate’s Idris Mosque

Hosting the mayor's State of the City address was just one element of an "open-door" policy that has helped Idris Mosque in Northgate build trust and solidarity with the broader community.
Feb 21, 2017

Diverse Seattle counterprotest eclipses “March Against Sharia”

Seattle's "March Against Sharia" was outnumbered by counterprotesters on Saturday, as they faced off in City Hall Plaza.
Jun 11, 2017