M. Zuhdi Jasser
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Russia Should Embrace Its Religious Diversity

July 26, 2015  •  The Moscow Times

How will Europe's human rights court respond to a government that treats a pacifist religious group as a dangerous extremist cell? The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will answer that question this summer when it rules on whether Russia's prosecution of Jehovah's Witnesses under its extremism law criminalizes freedom of religion or belief.

A ruling against the Kremlin could be a landmark decision for Russia, affecting not only Jehovah's Witnesses. From Muslims to dissenting members of the Moscow Patriarchate Russian Orthodox Church (MPROC), other Russians are also caught in the wide net cast by this overly broad law.

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Nations Must Repeal Blasphemy Laws

February 3, 2015  •  The Huffington Post

What did the terrorist attacks against the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and the kosher supermarket in Paris share with the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi in Jeddah last month? Each was an assault on freedom of conscience, religion, or belief. Moreover, in the Charlie Hebdo and Badawi cases, those responsible denied their victims the right to speak freely about religion because, in their view, such critics are blasphemers who insult religion and must be punished.

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I was bullied for criticizing Hamas

August 23, 2014  •  AZ Central

What happens in Syria, Egypt, Iraq or Gaza has an impact every day right here in the Valley.

Even in America, leading Muslim organizations and clerics bully with threats of ostracism those Muslims who dare to dissent. Old-guard ideologues, too, used to monopoly control, make it crystal clear to their Muslim critics: Take us on and we will make an example of you as a traitor to the Muslim community (the ummah).

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How to loosen Boko Haram's hold on Nigeria

May 8, 2014  •  Christian Science Monitor

While this year marks the 100th anniversary of Nigeria's nationhood, many Nigerians find themselves more alarmed and sorrowful than celebratory. Since the new year, the terrorist group Boko Haram has killed hundreds in its continuing campaign to destabilize Nigeria, deepen the Muslim/Christian divide, and create a state ruled by strict sharia (Islamic law). The recent mass kidnapping of at least 200 schoolgirls – as well as the gruesome bombing at a busy bus stop in Abuja, Nigeria's capital – graphically underscores Boko Haram's continued threat to the nation's future.

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The fifth commandment is more than a directive

April 20, 2014  •  Deseret News

The Quran, which Muslims believe to be the revealed word of God, contains the essence of nine of the Ten Commandments. (The only one we do not share is the Sabbath.) The fifth commandment to "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land, the Lord your God is giving you" contains lessons for today that both Muslims and non-Muslims should heed.

The fifth commandment is more than a directive. Unlike other commandments, it contains a promise from God. The spirit of the fifth commandment can be found throughout Islamic tradition. Muslims are commanded to honor our parents and are reminded that we will be judged for whatever "good or evil" we have done in following Quranic directives.

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M. Zuhdi Jasser's Book

Cover of A Battle for the Soul of Islam

A Battle for the Soul of Islam
An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith

by M. Zuhdi Jasser
Threshold Editions, 2012. 304 pp. $26
June 5, 2012

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