Here we go again. The International Business Times reports: An anti-Muslim animated movie titled The Innocence of Islamic Jihad is set to be released on 4 July, US Independence Day. The film is being produced on the lines of earlier movies such as Innocence of Muslims and The Innocent Prophet, which created widespread unrest. The movie is directed by…… Continue reading Alternatives of “The Innocence of Islamic Jihad”
I pose a challenge to media outlets around the world: Will they continue to focus on sensational stories which only exacerbate tension and hatred between groups, or will they instead provide coverage to events and initiatives which work to build bridges across the divide? I use Pastor Terry Jones’ “Burn the Quran Day” and my…… Continue reading My challenge to the media: Burn the Quran Day or One Film 9/11?
If there is one person in the world today that could ease the conflict between America and the Muslim world, it is Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the former high commissioner of Pakistan to the U.K. and current Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic studies at American University. On November 28th, 2012, he was invited to screen his…… Continue reading Building Bridges at the U.S. Embassy in London
As many of you may have read in a recent post, Journey into America and the One Film 9/11 interfaith initiative were both warmly received at the U.S. Embassy in London. People of all walks of life approached me after the screening/discussion and shared with me their thoughts as well as how inspired they were…… Continue reading Personal: Back in Dublin though only for a shortwhile
The latest article I wrote on America’s Founding Fathers, Islam and One Film 9/11 has been published worldwide. The most recent publications have come in Bikya Masr in Egypt and Le Soir in Belgium. One of Egypt’s largest English media outlets, Bikya Masr is a multiple award-winning independent news website with staff based across the globe.…… Continue reading Work: Two new publications in Egypt and Belgium
Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic language outlet funded by the United States Congress which broadcasts news to the Middle East and North Africa. Its stated mission is to provide ‘objective, accurate and relevant news and information’ to its audience while seeking to ‘support democratic values’ and ‘expand the spectrum of ideas, opinions, and perspectives’…… Continue reading Work: Writing in Alhurra
Here is my latest article on what America’s Founding Fathers would say about Islam. The article is driven by my new interfaith initiative One Film 9/11. You can read more about the initiative here and join us on Facebook. Hope you enjoy the article and blog.
I’m quite honoured to have had Middle East Voices of Voice of America pick up my latest One Film 9/11 article on the Founding Fathers and Islam. You can see the article here. Middle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America (VOA). Its goal is to inform, amplify voices,…… Continue reading New One Film 9/11 article in Middle East Voices of Voice of America
Yenoo Belgique Magazine is dedicated to the Moroccan community in Belgium and around the world. It recently published my One Film 9/11 article Les Pères fondateurs des Etats-Unis : Que diraient-ils sur l’islam? on October 27th, 2012. You can also see an excerpt of the article on the One Film 9/11 blog.
It has been challenging for me – a young Catholic working in interfaith dialogue – to watch the escalation of conflict between Muslim communities the world over and the United States. Observing this escalation as an American citizen has been equally difficult because religious tolerance is at the heart of my definition of American identity.…… Continue reading Personal: My challenge as a Catholic American
My article, ‘What would America’s Founding Fathers say about Islam?’, has been translated by Common Ground News Service into several non-English languages: דבלין – בשבועות האחרונים שמעו רבים בכל רחבי העולם על המחלוקות והעימותים בין הקהילות האסלאמיות ואמריקה. אך בחינה מעמיקה יותר של ההיסטוריה האמריקנית מוכיחה כי למעשה המורשת האמריקנית מתקדמת בכיוון ההפוך. בעולם הפלגני לכאורה…… Continue reading Work: Hebrew, Arabic and more translations of Founding Fathers and Islam article
I’m very happy to announce that the latest One Film 9/11 article, ‘What would America’s founding fathers say about Islam’, has been published in The Frontier Post in Khyber Pakhtunkwha. Click HERE to access the article. This is an especially important publication because it reaches in area of the world which has been fundamentally impacted…… Continue reading Reaching the “Most Dangerous Place in the World”
Arab News is an English-language daily newspaper published in Saudi Arabia. It is published simultaneously from Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam. The target audiences of the paper are businessmen, executives and diplomats. In addition to its domestic distribution in Saudi Arabia, Arab News has a wide range of international distribution, including United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Near East,North Africa, Europe and the USA. Continue reading
It has been a little over 30 days since I started the One Film 9/11 interfaith initiative. This last week has been probably the most productive since the initiative started, so I figured now is a good time to give you the latest news. The biggest breakthrough is that both the U.S. Embassy in London and…… Continue reading Outreach: Latest news from my new interfaith intitiative
I started the initiative One Film 9/11 with the hope of countering the dreadful anti-Islamic film, The Innocence of Muslims, with my film, Journey into America. One Film 9/11 has the goal of screening Journey into America around the Muslim and non-Muslim world on 9/11/2013 to prove how Muslims and non-Muslims are able to work together to improve…… Continue reading Outreach: 5 reasons why you should join the One Film 9/11 interfaith initiative
Read the article here Please share it with friends. If you have any advice on how to spread the message, please feel free to leave a comment. I’m curious to what everyone thinks about this initiative.
Online version coming out soon. Same with an Urdu translation. Visit the Pakistan Link. If you want to help spread the word about One Film 9/11, join the Facebook page for regular updates and the blog at WordPress.com. UPDATE: You can find the online version here
Sheila Musaji, an activist in the Islamic and inter-faith communities, was kind enough (as editor) to promote One Film 9/11 in her online newspaper The American Muslim. The American Muslim has a large audience, so this is a good opportunity for One Film 9/11 to get more attention. Click here to read the article. I would…… Continue reading Work: The American Muslim picks up One Film 9/11
Also published in Islamophobia Today The anti-Islamic propaganda film Innocence of Muslims exacerbated the stereotypes and animosities between Americans and Muslims worldwide. The anti-American protests that have swept across the world have proven that for better or worse, one film can make a difference. For this reason I’m informing you about the documentary feature film Journey into…… Continue reading Outreach: One Film 9/11 can make a difference
Journey into America should be required viewing for all Americans and Muslims worldwide. For this reason I have started the initiative One Film 9/11. The purpose of this initiative is to screen Journey into America in as many places of religious worship around the world on September 11th, 2013 in the hope of improving relations…… Continue reading Work: Some links launching new initiative One Film 9/11
Ladies and Gentlemen, The recent and unfortunate events in Benghazi, Libya and Cairo, Egypt were both sparked by ONE FILM. The film was created by Pastor Terry Jones and Co. Its message was disgusting. It painted Prophet Muhammad as a child rapist, among other absurdities. Annoyed that ONE FILM could have such destruction on human…… Continue reading Work: Launching my new initiative: One Film 9/11 and ‘Journey into America’ (2009) as the counter to hateful Terry Jones film