Abed Z. Bhuyan

Stories by Abed Z. Bhuyan

Mosque near Ground Zero? “It’s about the community, stupid”

By Abed Z. Bhuyan Despite the countless media hours dedicated to the controversy surrounding Park51, the Muslim community center to … Continued

Muslims in America: A celebration

By Abed Z. Bhuyanteacher “Talent, like love, is only useful in its expenditure.” This quote from Dr. Martin Luther King … Continued

A Full Moon of Memories

After running some quick errands, I was headed back to my car in an unusually empty Lake Success Shopping Center … Continued

A Mock Letter To My Students About Gaza

The following is a mock reply to my 11th-grade students who, after being forced by their Global Studies teacher to … Continued

Powell Rejects Islamophobia

On NBC’s Meet the Press this weekend, former Secretary of State Colin Powell formally endorsed Barack Obama in this year’s … Continued

A Balancing Act: Ramadan and Reality

After a month of being a teacher, I still don’t know what it’s like to have lunch in the teacher’s … Continued

Jumma Rain

I could tell that the 4-year old boy dressed in traditional Bangladeshi garb seated next to his father felt my … Continued

Interfaith? How about INTRAfaith?

At the end of this past school year, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown held … Continued

Obama Plays into Islamophobia

On our way to Friday prayer last week, my dad increased the volume in the car when he heard the … Continued

God’s Playlist

Every so often there’ll be a song that perfectly fits my mood, as if the writer had me in mind … Continued

Learning for His Sake

I recently had a conversation with a friend about defending Islam, especially in public. My friend and I agreed that … Continued

Obama’s Challenge

This past Monday, two Muslim women wearing headscarves were barred from standing behind Barack Obama at a speech in Michigan. … Continued

Faith & Doubt

The June 9-16 issue of The New Yorker is fantastic. I have always been a fan of its fiction section, … Continued

Why Teach for America?

Starting this fall for the next two years, I will be a high school social studies teacher in New York … Continued

Gender and Sex Scandals

I follow politics quite religiously. Despite this, reports that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s having paid thousands of dollars for … Continued

Reality Check: Lives in the Balance

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination has seemingly gripped the nation. We have heard over and over again how … Continued

My Last Spring Break

For all but the first ten months of my life, I have lived in the same house. For the greater … Continued

Barack Goodness Obama

In case you haven’t heard, Senator Barack Obama is not Muslim. As if this wasn’t already clear to me before … Continued