Hena Shami is part of 4 percent of Carroll County Public Schools staff that is not Caucasian. The 26-year-old South Carroll High School chemistry teacher is a first-generation American, who was born in Maryland to a Muslim Pakistani family, and loves her students.
While travelling in central Pakistan recently, I talked to my dad back in the U.S.A., and he told me of bombing in nearby Syria. He was obviously concerned. I thought of the AK-47-carrying young man assigned to protect our group. Then my mind turned to the reception we received wherever we went.
Twenty Maryland residents took the oath of allegiance and became U.S. citizens on July 8. Held at Howard Community College in Columbia, the naturalization ceremony was the proud end of a long journey for the new Americans.
As Election Day approached, I knew I'd carry with me my black ancestors, who've long fought for the right to vote in America. I did not count on taking with me a new citizen, a Muslim American who emigrated from Pakistan nine years ago. Going to the poll with him, and witnessing his indescribable joy at casting a vote for president for the first time, renewed my own sagging enthusiasm.
Former Baltimore County resident Majid Khan, making his first appearance before a military commission in four years, is expected to agree Wednesday to a new plea deal on charges he plotted with senior al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan and helped the group carry out a deadly hotel bombing in Indonesia.
It was night, and Mahmood Khan's family was asleep when the Maryland man opened the Senate torture report. As he read through the pages, he learned what the CIA had done to his little brother Majid during the three years his family had thought he was dead.
Donald Trump's accusation that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are "founders of ISIS" is not only a good example of his reckless fear-mongering but also his complete lack of understanding about true threats to national security.
As his 10th anniversary at Guantanamo Bay draws near, an al-Qaida plotter from Baltimore is at the center of a new plan that could help resolve the cases of the dozens of men still held at the military outpost on Cuba.
The Towson-based organization formerly called the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies announced last week that it has changed its name to add the word Islamic. The 30-year-old institute, now renamed the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies, already has a diverse staff of Christian and Jewish scholars. It now has two Islamic educators on its staff, including Scholar of Islam Homayra Ziad, a Muslim and native of Pakistan.
Sometimes it feels as if our nation is lost hopelessly in the mirror maze of a fun house. Even when easy and logical courses of action lie before us, we illogically take wrong turns and end up where we started. Deja vu meets deja vu on a regular basis here. On Dec. 2, two radicalized Muslims committed a horrific act of terror in San Bernardino, California, claiming the lives of 14 people and wounding 21.
The debate over the proposed agreement with Iran limiting their ability to develop a nuclear weapon has passed the silly point and has reached the status of absurdity. Some critics actually state that it permits Iran to create such a weapon. The opposite is, of course, true.
A family friend who fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan started an Owings Mills High School graduate on a journey that would take him to Pakistan to work with senior leaders of al-Qaida and then to Guantanamo Bay, where he eventually promised to cooperate with the United States against his former comrades.
It wasn't until three months after a drone blasted a suspected al-Qaida compound in Pakistan that America's spies figured out that a captured Rockville contractor was among the dead, the White House acknowledged this week, renewing calls for a change in the government's policy toward hostages.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering a run for president in 2016, called Thursday for a national discussion over the use of drones following the death of two al Qaeda hostages in a U.S. strike earlier this year.
In the last couple of months, extremist groups in the Middle East, Pakistan and even Africa have increasingly targeted Christian populations in the name of Islam. As a Muslim, I can tell you that nothing is further from the teachings of Islam than taking innocent lives. Islam commands us to show love and respect to people of all faiths — including Christians.