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In this op-ed in the New York Daily News, Imam Feisal argues that the fear of Sharia law in the United States is baseless, both because the First Amendment protects against the establishment of religious laws and because, like Christians, Jews, and other faiths groups, Muslims already are able to engage with religious laws in limited aways, for instance through marriage ceremonies that are both religious and civil. Imam Feisal points to Israel as an example of a nation whose civil laws integrate with Sharia without conflict. Additionally, Imam Feisal states that there is no inherent conflict between American law and values and Sharia, as they are based on the same principles.
“…Muslim jurists have long reflected on the objectives, or purposes, of Islamic law. These include what Thomas Jefferson called life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Islamic law parses the pursuit of happiness into freedom of mind, religion, property, family and dignity.
Jefferson would not object. Originally, it was the right to property, not the pursuit of happiness, that he wanted to guarantee all Americans.
Contrary to the right-wing caricature, sharia does not presume to replace American law. It agrees with its underlying values and promotes them…”
Imam Feisal spoke with Kate Bolduan on CNN’s This Hour about President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East and his speech to the Muslim world. Watch the video by clicking on the image below.
In this op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Imam Feisal encourages us to expand our faithfulness in God beyond the “local”—to see the connections that exist between ourselves and other people of different communities, beliefs, and cultures and let our common love of God unite us.
We are caught now on a divide between self-affirmation and affirmation of those different from us. Is my ultimate address Philadelphia or the mind of God? Are my neighbors only other Muslims or all created in the image of God? — that would be all humanity, as both the Prophet Muhammad and the Bible teach. Our charge as religious leaders is to remind us all that no ethnicity, nationality, or religion is our ultimate address. God is.
Imam Feisal spoke with Ilgin Beygo Yorulmaz in an interview for Auburn Seminary about the current social and political climate, as well as his vision for building an American Muslim identity.
We need to translate our faith and culture to American language, culture, law, and create an “American Muslim identity” in terms of our laws, the way we dress, and other things.
Read more (Auburn Seminary)
In this op-ed in the Huffington Post, Imam Feisal reflects on the meaning of the motto of the United States—“E Pluribus Unum”—in light of our current social and political climate, and calls for Americans to come together.
At issue are the ingredients of nationhood. What makes us “one nation, indivisible?” Are we one in our sameness or in our differences from each other? Is it our similarities or our complementarities that unite us? Are we a mono-cultural or multicultural society?
In this op-ed in the Observer, Imam Feisal speaks about three recent terror attacks in Germany, Turkey, and Switzerland and the need for religious and political moderates to come together to work towards peace.
“We grieve once again for horrific murders committed in the name of Islam, now in Ankara and Berlin. And we feel sorrow, again, for attacks on Muslims, this time at a mosque in Zurich, perpetrated by a gunman with unknown motives. All the attacks occurred on Monday, December 19, within hours of each other…”