Huffington Post – Spreading Peace at the Republican Convention

Huffington Post August 3, 2016 By Rose Hamid Rose Hamid with a Republican Delegate at the RNC (Photo by Samir Hamid) I went to Cleveland during the Republican convention to try to connect with delegates face to face and give a positive impression about Islam and Muslims. Our tactic was to say “Have a nice day” and hand folks a cute flower pen. While some recoiled and said “No”, we didn’t take it personally because there were lots of people handing out all kinds of things and it w...
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Do all Republicans Hate Muslims? I Don’t Think So, Here’s why….

Huffington Post, July 12, 2016 Charlotte Observer, July 16, 2016 By Rose Hamid In January friends of mine invited me to attend a silent protest at a Republican political rally. I’m not very politically active; my interests lie more in interfaith activities and building bridges between people who are different. My friend enticed me to go because her main purpose was to take part in a silent protest against hate speech. That appealed to me because it seems that politics has become more...
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Franklin Graham misstates Muslim beliefs

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER - VIEWPOINT JUNE 18, 2016 1:40 PM Franklin Graham misstates Muslim beliefs HIGHLIGHTS: After Orlando, Graham said the shooter was following the teaching of the Quran That’s not true; the Quran prohibits such heinous actions But Graham has a history of twisting what the true teachings of Islam are BY ROSE HAMID Special to the Observer Reverend Franklin Graham, Can we talk? You seem to have confused the horrific actions of some who claim to practice I...
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What we can learn from the debate over the blue black dress

What we can learn from the debate over the blue black dress   The dress as it was originally posted on line. What colors do you see? Charlotte Observer BY ROSE HAMID Guest column Lately it seems that folks are in constant conflict over a variety of issues and the default attitude is to vilify people with differing opinions. What can the global debate that ensued last year over the color of a particular dress teach us about how to navigate these contentious times? ...
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ISIS doesn’t follow what Islam teaches

BY ROSE HAMID Guest column In March, terrorist attacks in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Turkey, Brussels, Pakistan, Iraq and others continued to horrify the world. According to Merriam-Webster, terrorism is: “The use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” Terrorism is used by groups with sociopolitical motives to try to force their agenda or bring attention to their cause. Terrorism keeps people in a heightened sense of fear, wondering w...
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Democracy and Islam

Charlotte Observer 3/5/2016 Elections offer a time for us to seek justice, not people just like us BY ROSE HAMID Guest column Muslims voting in Tunisia 2011. The ink on the fingers is used to indicate the person has voted and prevents them from voting again. Photo courtesy of Mariem Masmoudi As North Carolina enters the primary season folks may wonder if Islamic ideals are in keeping with American democratic ideals. The answer is yes. One should look at the example of the Constitut...
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Huff Post – After Protesting at a Trump Rally, I’m Being Targeted By Islamophobes

Published in Huffington Post 2/24/2016 By Rose Hamid Last month some friends and I stood in silent protest at a Trump rally in Rock Hill SC and were unceremoniously escorted out. As a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, I garnered a lot of media attention. The coverage and response was overwhelmingly supportive and encouraging. However, there was some vile chatter that attempted to paint me as a possible terrorist. I ignored the ridiculous accusations made against me because I thought anyone wh...
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Saying goodbye to a loved one in the Islamic tradition

BY ROSE HAMID Guest column My uncle, Nitham Hasan, passed away recently. He was 88, the eldest of my father’s seven siblings and the first to pass away. As a leader of the Islamic center of South Florida for 30 years he was well loved and respected. He spent his life educating people about Islam and building bridges of understanding with people of all faiths. It was said of him, “He leaves a void that is hard to fill and a legacy that is hard to match.” My father (3rd from the left) and h...
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Salam! I come in peace…

Why I had to stand up to Trump CNN: By Rose Hamid Editor's note: Rose Hamid is the American Muslim woman who stood in silent protest at the Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She was born in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte North Carolina. She's been a flight attendant for 30 years, is married and has three grown children. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author. (CNN)I went to the Donald Trump rally in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on January 8 wi...
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