Egypt's mufti urges Muslims to endure insults peacefully Yasmine Saleh Reuters 20 September 2012
CAIRO (Reuters) - Muslims angered by cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammad should follow his example of enduring insults without retaliating, Egypt's highest Islamic legal official said on Thursday.
Western embassies tightened security in Sanaa, fearing the cartoons published in a French magazine on Wednesday could lead to more unrest in the Yemeni capital where crowds attacked the U.S. mission last week over an anti-Islam film made in America.
In the latest of a wave of protests against that video in the Islamic world, several thousand Shi'ite Muslims demonstrated in the northern Nigerian town of Zaria, burning an effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama and crying "Death to America".
The cartoons in France's Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly have provoked relatively little street anger so far, although about 100 Iranians demonstrated outside the French embassy in Tehran. (read more)
The New Pariahs? by Noah Feldman, The New York Times June 22, 2008 No country is wholly free of anti-immigrant prejudice, whether it is the United States, where illegal immigration was a hot-button issue in the Republican primaries, or post-apartheid South Africa, where economic migrants were recently burned to death. But in many Western European countries today, something new and insidious seems to be happening. The familiar old arguments against immigrants — that they are criminals, that their culture makes them a bad fit, that they take jobs from natives — are mutating into an anti-Islamic bias that is becoming institutionalized in the continent’s otherwise ordinary politics.
Past leaders like Malcolm X show that Islam has deep roots in the African-American community [GALLO/GETTY]
Building African-Arab connections during Black History Month Khaled A. Beydoun, Abed Ayoub, Al Jazeera 08 February 2012
African Americans comprise more than one-quarter of the Muslim population in the US, whereas the majority of Arab Americans who identify as people of color (and reject the governmental Caucasian designation) practice Islam.
The rising tide of Islamophobia in the US, which vilifies and "others" Muslims of both African and Arab descent, requires the integrated attention and efforts of both communities. A 2011 Pew Study identified Black Muslims to be the "most feared members of the population", signaling that the fight against Islamophobia must be championed by both communities beyond the lines of faith and along the lines of justice.