Archive: Daisy Khan
For me, perhaps the most profound beauty of Heaven is its plurality and diversity of people. Heaven is dar al-salaam, the ultimate safe haven. It's a place for all those who have done good deeds - men and women, adults and children, Muslims and non-Muslims, peoples of all nationalities and cultures - to enjoy together and in harmony.
By Daisy Khan | March 27, 2010; 04:51 PM ET | Comments (10)
I grieved for my community and country. Nothing is more damaging to American attitudes towards Islam and Muslims than senseless acts of violence such as that carried out by Hassan. Nothing. I am, however, encouraged by the restraint shown in the media, not immediately assuming Hassan's motives were religious per se.
By Daisy Khan | November 6, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (10)
In the Qur'an, God granted women increased protections against abuse, financial vulnerability, and societal marginalization, just to name a few. Yet many later Muslims ignore these provisions.
By Daisy Khan | July 22, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (4)
Women must enter this sphere of religious interpretation - in Pakistan or elsewhere - especially as we are the first to suffer from this oppression.
By Daisy Khan | April 24, 2009; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (9)
Certain passages of the Holy Qur'an have been misunderstood and manipulated to justify domestic violence. In response to the Aasiya Zubair murder specifically, Muslim leaders are offering the strongest condemnations of this abuse of Islam.
By Daisy Khan | February 27, 2009; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (25)
Obama inspires the universal dreams of all humans - that of audacious hope, of idealistic (and otherwise unrealistic) optimism, and of far-fetched success and transformation - dreams most powerfully represented in America and "the American dream."
By Daisy Khan | November 6, 2008; 07:14 AM ET | Comments (15)
Unfortunately, many Americans assume that Islam oppresses women or renders them of lower value. On the contrary, my faith unequivocally declares my equal value as a woman. Islam instituted revolutionary change in women's status and rights.
By Daisy Khan | October 24, 2008; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (34)
Will your religious views of non-Christians affect your governance of them? From a theological perspective, are you enjoined to actively proselytize to non-Christians, to prevent their communities from achieving equal footing?
By Daisy Khan | October 6, 2008; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (38)
Daisy Khan | It's so meaningful to walk in New York with my family and see one of America's most beloved buildings recognizing one of Islam's holiest days.
By Daisy Khan | September 30, 2008; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (49)
I worry that Palin's conjoining of her particular religious faith convictions with universal policy-making could generate potentially disastrous consequences for our country and world. We have already witnessed similar effects for the past eight years.
By Daisy Khan | September 10, 2008; 03:48 PM ET | Comments (24)
Sally Quinn’s decision to take Communion at Tim Russert’s funeral represented both the best of pluralism and interfaith outreach and the worst of non-religious people failing to “get” religion.
By Daisy Khan | July 9, 2008; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (16)
As a Muslim who grew up in a Hindu society and personally experienced the intricacies and complexities of the Hinduism tradition, I reject reducing this tradition to a simple caricature. I stand with many of my Hindu brothers and sisters. I will not watch this movie.
By Daisy Khan | June 23, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (20)
It is regrettable – no, shameful – that any American would be asked to retreat to the shadows on account of her religious identity.
By Daisy Khan | June 20, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (238)
The debates surrounding Barack Obama “leaving” his home church, Trinity United Church of Christ, is admittedly puzzling to many Muslims.
By Daisy Khan | June 8, 2008; 10:15 PM ET | Comments (28)
Daisy Khan | Luttwak’s description of Islam’s stance on apostasy requires a uniformity and simplicity that does not exist.
By Daisy Khan | May 14, 2008; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (140)
We need a man or woman abounding in moral character, rich in wisdom and compassion, full of integrity and courage, a President truly capable of leading the most powerful nation in the world.
By Daisy Khan | May 9, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (4)
The media continues to misunderstand religion, whether Islam or black Christianity. Religious rhetoric and sermons are frequently taken out of context and sensationalized for 5-second sound bites.
By Daisy Khan | April 30, 2008; 06:04 AM ET | Comments (11)
The liberal notion that religion must always be treated as private is mistaken.
By Daisy Khan | April 27, 2008; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (2)
Pope Benedict has not yet lived up to former Pope John Paul II’s legacy of consistent and sincere outreach to Muslims.
By Daisy Khan | April 10, 2008; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (7)
Parsley’s words are un-American and un-Christian.
By Daisy Khan | April 2, 2008; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (6)
Pope Benedict’s choice to publicly baptize the Egyptian-born Muslim Magdi Allam at the Vatican was a regrettable one for Muslim-Catholic relations.
By Daisy Khan | March 28, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (47)
Whatever the specific expression of racism and sexism – the suppression of political rights, stifling of social and economic opportunities, debasement of intellectual or spiritual practices, or even physical violence – it violates the Divine’s ideal for human community.
By Daisy Khan | March 28, 2008; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (33)
Americans have rejected their own faith traditions when they have become stagnant, dogmatic, and fail to powerfully speak the divine truths to them.
By Daisy Khan | March 4, 2008; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (6)
I’m not saying Barack Obama is a prophet! But he does represent a prophetic voice – uniting people across religion, gender, ethnicity, age, even ideology – calling us back to the American “religion” of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for ALL Americans.
By Daisy Khan | February 21, 2008; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (34)
There is a dearth of religious leaders in Islam, and I know many Muslims who feel they have no religious leaders to turn to. As a result, others fill this vacuum, including the more ignominious figures that represent the worst of the Muslim community.
By Daisy Khan | February 18, 2008; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (9)
Why can’t the most positive aspects of Shar’iah law be applied to our contemporary contexts -- starting here in the West?
By Daisy Khan | February 18, 2008; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (143)
Islamic beliefs certainly do not preclude freedom of speech. The Qur’an is replete with verses denouncing, for example, the use of force to compel belief, and the Prophet Muhammad is consistently told that an individual’s faith is a matter between him/her and God.
By Daisy Khan | February 15, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (5)