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Black America , Prisons, And Radical Islam

Scientific Training and Radical Islam

Islam and Communism in the 20th Century

A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology In Western Europe, 2007-2009

A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology In Western Europe - German edition


Muslim Women I Love Most


The Other Islam (PDF)

Habs-i-nafas1 and Pas-i anfas2 as Methods of Invocation


Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia




"Surely, those who believe, and the Jews and the Christians and the Sabians, whoever have faith with true hearts in Allah and in the Last-day and do good deeds, their reward is with their Lord, and there shall be no fear for them nor any grief." - Qur'an 2:62
Obey your country's laws, Marje Sistani urges Muslims in West
by Mohamed Ali | MONTREAL, Canada
Iraq's Al-Marje Al-Alaa Ali Sistani sent a message to Muslims in Western nations, urging them to obey the laws of the countries in which they live.The fatwa was delivered at a Montreal news conference of prominent Shia Muslims on behalf of Ayatullah Sayyed Ali As-Sistani "Muslims have undertaken to obey the laws of the country of their residence and thus they must be faithful to that undertaking," the statement read. It condemned all acts of violence and encouraged imams to keep a watchful eye on what's going on inside their mosques

Schwartz on CCTV Refutes “Islamic State” by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

Chinese Central Television August 19, 201

Stephen Suleyman Schwartz


On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Chinese Central Television’s feature program ‘The Heat” broadcast a commentary by Center for [...]

A Muslim and Sufi, But No “Shopper for God” Interview with Stephen Suleyman Schwartz by Thajudheen Ballakadappuram

Al-Firdous Da’wa College, Kanmanam, Malappuram, Kerala, India November 14, 2013

As you are a prominent Islamic scholar, intellectual, Executive Director of the Centre for Islamic Pluralism, and an international journalist, please reply to the following questions.

How do you recall your life before embracing Islam?

I am now 65 and in some way should be retired from active life. I have been a Muslim since the age of 49; I entered the religion in 1997. I now see in my life before Islam many illusions regarding my professional aspirations, my attitude toward myself and others, and my educational goals. For years I considered myself a poet first, and possessed the typical arrogance, I think, of the poet, in believing that the values of literary achievement were supreme, and would be rewarded easily.

I should have perceived in myself a different attitude from that of people around me, and that recognition by my peers, even when it came, would be transitory. I was brought up without religion; indeed, as an atheist. My mother was Christian and my father Jewish, but both of them abandoned religion, and I was raised to believe in no faith. I was a revolutionary communist for 22 years, until the age of 35. Nevertheless, I believed in God after I was eight years old. I did so secretly – my mother was ambivalent about the matter, but my father was very hostile to any religious choice. When at 17 I felt drawn to the Catholic religion – which I did not join – my leftist comrades were dismayed and contemptuous.

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Zam Zam in Danger by Aqeelah Bawa

Voice of the Cape [South Africa] May 10, 2011

Holy drinking water contaminated with arsenic is allegedly being sold illegally to Muslims by UK retailers. This is according to a recent report by BBC journalist, Guy Lynn, who found the pure holy water contains higher than normal levels of arsenic, nitrates and other chemical substances. The investigative reporter claims Zamzam which originated from Makkah is being sold in London. Zamzam is an integral cleansing tool on the holy pilgrimage and the sale of the water is therefore illegal.

“We have tested the water which pilgrims brought back from the holy city, as well as tested water from the taps in Makkah and bottles on sale there. All had very similar results to the water that was tested in the UK. Arsenic found in the water tested to three times the levels which are allowed by UK standards and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines,” he told VOC’s Drivetime. The water could be polluted naturally from soil and rocks and drinking it in moderation is fine.

But, Lynn said, through undercover filming, the retailers said there were people purchasing and consuming large quantities daily. Prior to the piece being aired on BBC, the investigative team approached Saudi authorities for a response about the apparent contamination at the source. “We did not receive a response before the piece aired, but two days later, Saudi authorities denied and refuted the fact that the water is contaminated, and as far as they were concerned it is safe to drink,” Guy said.

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From San Francisco to Sarajevo by Michael J. Totten An Interview With Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz at the grave of Bosnian President Alija Izetbegović

Pajamas Media, February 14, 2011

Stephen Schwartz was raised a communist in the San Francisco Bay Area and once worked for the Cubans. Then he became a Republican and converted to Islam in the Balkans. When he’s not busy with his duties as the director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, he writes books and articles for magazines like The Weekly Standard.

His analysis of the Middle East and the Muslim world generally is more fresh and interesting than that of most. He is the first Westerner to use the word “Islamofascism” to describe the “use of the faith of Islam as a cover for totalitarian ideology,” and he did so not as an “Islamophobe” but as a Muslim believer. Those who yearn to hear from moderate Muslims, and those who have somehow convinced themselves that the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood are the moderates, really need to hear what he has to say.

MJT: So, what are your thoughts on Egypt?

Stephen Schwartz: Well, during the first two weeks most of the usual chatterers had no chattering to do. Everybody was stunned. Nobody had an answer. A lot of what should have been said was considered politically incorrect. Nobody for the first two weeks wanted to say there weren’t just two alternatives in Egypt, Mubarak or the Brotherhood. There were three alternatives—Mubarak, the Brotherhood, and the army which really rules Egypt.

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Saudi Prince Turns Against Ground Zero Mosque by Irfan Al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard Blog, October 21, 2010

As reported in the New York Times earlier this week, Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, best-known for his rejected offer of a $10 million check [...]

Al-Alawi on South African radio, October 3, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Centre for Islamic Pluralism international director Dr Irfan Al-Alawi, who is also executive director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, will be interviewed live on South African Muslim [...]

“I fervently hope that moderate Islam will defeat radical Islam”: Suleyman Schwartz. Interview by U Mahesh Prabhu

Folksmagazine, July 5, 2010

U Mahesh Prabhu (UMP): Center for Islamic Pluralism, of which you are a director, presents itself as “think tank that challenges the dominance of American Muslim life by militant Islamist groups”. What according to is “militant Islam” and “moderate Islam”?

Stephen Suleyman Schwartz (SSS): Militant or, as we prefer to define it, radical Islam is a fundamentalist Islam that pursues jihad within the ummah of Muslims to combat those with whom the radicals disagree, such as Shias, Sufis, and other heterodox groups, while also confronting and attacking non-Muslims. Radical Islam practices takfir or expulsion against Muslims of which it disapproves. Moderate Islam is an Islam satisfied to function as a normal religion, defending itself when directly attacked as a religion, but otherwise cultivating mutual respect with other faiths, and depending for its approval by Almighty Allah on its devotion to the foundations of the religion and positive intentions, rather than extravagant external piety or aggression toward Muslims with which it diverges and non-Muslims. Moderate Islam does not practice takfir.

UMP: How do you explain, in simple words, Wahhabi Islam? How dangerous is it?

SSS: Wahhabi Islam is a deviant sect emerging from the Arabian hinterland 250 years ago, which is fundamentalist, exclusionary, radical, and hostile to traditional Islamic customs. It is also extremely aggressive against other faiths. Drawing on Gulf petrodollars, Wahhabism seeks to bring all Sunni Muslims in the world under its control and to impose its views and practices upon them. Wahhabism falsely presents itself as “Salafism,” a term correctly applied to 19th century Muslim reformers who were neither violent nor anti-Western, although, regrettably, they opposed Sufism and other traditional aspects of the religion. It represents a devastating threat to Sunni Islam and to the world.

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