Wajahat Ali

A police officer is shown holding several protective face masks and handing one out to a woman standing adjacent.

Coronavirus restrictions start to loosen in Europe; Oil-producing nations agree to 10% cut in output; Trump’s coronavirus promises largely unfulfilled

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Spain is starting to loosen some restrictions, as there are signs things are starting to improve in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Also, oil-producing nations will cut production by nearly 10%. And a month after the US declared a state of emergency, many of the president’s promises to address the pandemic remain unfulfilled. And faith leaders have been confronted with many challenges to tradition in the time of the coronavirus.

Wajahat Ali speaks onstage at SXSW in Austin, Texas, March 11, 2018.

Wajahat Ali on maintaining one’s faith through crises

Children play near an American flag during the annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City.

How the everyday phrase ‘Allahu Akbar’ became a political lightning rod

A photograph of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer is seen amongst flowers left at the scene of the car attack on a group of counter-protesters that took her life during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 14, 2017.

In the face of hate, America should ‘stand up and be the hero’

George W. Bush at an Iftar dinner.

Humorist Wajahat Ali laughs off Trump’s desertion of the Eid celebration


This Muslim American cop show: ‘Not Law and Order: Special Muslims Unit’


A few years ago, two writers created a show about a Yemeni American cop who happened to be Muslim. It never made it to television screens, but they’re hopeful to get it on the air.

Anders Breivik influenced by anti-Muslim bloggers

The man charged with carrying out the mass killing in Norway was heavily influenced by American bloggers who share his extreme, anti-Muslim views.

A Closer Look at the Term ‘Islamist’

In response to the coverage of Egypt’s elections, the Takeaway has heard a lot from listeners about our use of the term “Islamist” to describe the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties in Egypt. One Takeaway listener wrote on our Web site, “Is there Christianists and Jewists? It is about time that […]

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Did anti-Muslim extremists in the US influence Anders Breivik?

Lifestyle & Belief

It has become clear that Anders Behring Breivik was heavily influenced by American bloggers, who share his fears about the threat of Muslim immigrants on Western culture. We talk to blogger Pam Geller and journalist Wajahat Ali.

A Muslim Playwright Changes the Script

Global Politics

As Congress holds hearings this week on the radicalization of American Muslims, a Pakistani-American playwright is trying to flip the script. Wajahat Ali, who earned raves for his post-9/11 family drama The Domestic Crusaders, told Kurt Andersen, “It would be similar to me asking Italian-Americans, ‘hey, I heard there are lots of Mafioso-types in your […]