About the Author





Who is Robert Salaam?

Bio: Robert Salaam is a former Active Duty Marine and Muslim convert who converted to Islam in the weeks following September 11, 2001. Prior to 9/11, He was a devout Christian. Robert currently resides in the Washington DC area with his family. He and occasionally hosts an online podcast titled “The American Muslim” on BlogTalkRadio. Robert is an avid writer and commentator on social issues and maintains an archive of his writings on his blog.

He’s been a guest on major media outlets and welcomes any inquiries you may have regarding an appearance. Robert Salaam’s goal is to show what Islam truly represents and uses his experience as a Marine, Muslim, Christian, and African American to help shape and define his experience as an American Muslim.

Twitter: @rsalaam

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/americanmuslimblog




  1. In The Name Of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

    As salaam ‘alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh

    Non-Profit Making African Muslim Website For Knowledge About Islam And Propagation Of Islam In Association With AWQAF Africa http://www.awqafafrica.com

    As salaam ‘alaykum,

    Brother Robert Salaam

    Under the sure shade of Allah’s Speech:

    “Say: “Are those who know equal to those who know not?” It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allâh’s Signs and Verses” [Surat uz Zumar:9]


    “Thus We have made you [true Muslims] a just (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muhammad PBUH) be a witness over you” [Surat ul Baqarah: 143]

    We at http://www.esinislam.com are pleased to know about you.

    This, therefore, is to invite you to become of our volunteer regular articles contributors who post their writings on Islam, Muslim Affairs, and Literatures regularly to our website http://www.esinislam.com

    “Successful indeed are the believers: Who are humble in their prayers. And who shun vain conversation. And who are payers of the poor-due. And who guard their modesty…” Q23:1-6.

    The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “The world is cursed, and cursed is all what is in it except with worship and remembrance of Allah (s.w.t.), and except he who upholds to the worship of Allah (s.w.t.) and His remembrance or he who teaches about Allah (s.w.t.) or he who learns about Allah (s.w.t.).” [Reported at Tirmidhiy & Ibn Majah (declared Hasan by at Tirmidhiy)].

    Your contributions are gratefully welcomed. We love Muslims like you for Allah’s sake. May Allah reward you for all your efforts to fight for Islam through your wise and informative pens.

    To have your article posted and published on our website is easy. Simply forward your articles to us at articles@esinislam.com

    Thus, I suggest you feel free to contact me if you may want to engage me in a further brotherly contact regarding your writings etc. contributions.

    We look forward to your availing the entire Ummah via our website as well as your articles posted to us.

    May I congratulate you for Al Basirah endowed upon you! May Almighty Allah continue to guide you and ourselves.

    Ma’ as salaam


  2. Robert good luck tonighti’m going to tune in if I can and call as well ..don’t worry I won’t pull your chain too hard. Take care friend best wishes and success. W.A.S. Tawodi


  3. Salaam!

    Nice blog. Looks like ours! heh.

    Care to exchange links? Maybe you can add us in your “Ummah” list, since even though we’re apostates of Islam, we’re still part of the Muslim people.

    We’ll add you in return.

    And I know most Muslims are suspicious of apostates. But feel free to read through our manifesto:

    So that you can see exactly where we’re coming from and what we want to do.

    We also support Irshad Manji’s project Ijtihad.


  4. As salaamu alaikum Robert,

    I hope this finds you well, by Allah’s grace. Although I think we’ve passed each other at Sidi Hakim Abdullah’s blog, I don’t think we’ve met as such. Ma sha Allah! You’ve got a nice blog here, and I look forward to exploring it more fully, insha Allah.

    One question: how do you access the radio station you refer to?

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman


  5. Thanks for the kind words, I truly appreciate your thoughts and prayers on this journey in which I’m embarked. Feel free to read, discuss, email, or call in on my show whenever you want. Also, feel free to link with me and I will do the same, let’s link our ideas around the globe.


  6. Hi, I have several blogs out in cyberspace, they are on the subject of radical Islam. On one of my blogs I have a bigot, who paints all of Islam with the same brush. I am planning on doing a series of posts on Islamophobia. I was given your blog address as a starting point to pick up some tips.

    I am a Christian, not a Muslim, but I have no problem with Muslims. My goal is to inform all about radical Islam. In that process, I want my readers to understand that when you are a bigot, you are no different than the radicals because they are bigots too.

    I would be interested in any info and websites you could email me which is simular to yours so I can show that all Muslims are not terrorists or agree with the terrorists ideology. Also, any articles that you think I should quote from.

    Thanks for your help in this matter. 😀


  7. Thank you I’m sure it will. 😀 Between you and another friend who gave me your website address in the first place, among others. I’m sure I can add a lot of links and information for those with an open mind. Unfortunatly there are many who will never be convinced. 😦 You can check out one of my many blogs here; http://eaglespearlsofwisdom.wordpress.com/ I will add you to my blog roll. 😀


  8. Also, I am not computer literate, 😦 could you give me the information on how I can post the “Muslims reject terrorism” seal on the upper right corner of your blog?? Your dashboard should show my email, you can send the instructions there if you like. Thanks again 🙂


  9. Salaams Robert,
    I came across your website – really like your position statements – why can’t everyone be as succinct & make as much sense as you do?? Please check out our new book ‘The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook’ http://www.theamth.com – our small attempt to add to the dialogue about Islam from an upbeat, positive perspective.

    Take care,


  10. Assalamu Alaikum
    I happened by your blog accidentally and found my own blog on your blogroll. SubhanAllah. This is a lovely site you have here and I wish you much success in the future inshaAllah. We need more brothers like you.


  11. Assalamu alaikum, just found your blog today, I plan on spending soem time here, Inshallah, you are well.


  12. BismillahirRahmanriRahim

    It was nice to see my link on the side (Mind Body Soul), however I am a man so I believe I belong in the other section! Thanks.


  13. Hello Robert,

    I haven’t been to your site for a while and I just wanted to comment that I love the new look, particularly the title. I like the symbol of Islam and the arm of the statue of liberty. I think it appropriately conveys the idea that Islam is not in conflict with the great ideals of the United States of America.


  14. Dear Robert:

    Assalaamu Alaikum. I hope this email finds you well. I came across your website while doing some online research on Muslims in the U.S. military. I’m looking forward to reading your blog in the coming days.

    Also, just as I was writing this note my eyes glanced over to the right column and I saw that you’ve included a link to my blog. Thanks a lot for that. I appreciate it.

    Junaid Afeef


  15. Assalaamu Alaikum brother

    Inshallah I pray this message finds you in good health

    I happen to come across your site and read your blogs with a great deal of interest.

    As a Muslim, I feel proud that people like you are around.

    If you have some time, please have a look at our website http://www.forgottenjournalist.com – A voice for the unheard Muslim. It is a non profit online Citizen Journalism site which voices the opinions and views of the ordinary Muslim via article submission. We are hoping that inshallah it will become a successful alternative news platform to the mainstream media which sometimes does not represent us as we are.

    I look forward to your views on the project



  16. Salams,
    What an amazing stumble. I know I’ve found a great site when I find another Muslim who believes in talking in third person. Congrats, on the conversion. I’m not sure of a congrats is in order, as that sounded weird but, alhamdullah. None-the-less I like what I see and can’t wait for more.


  17. Good Evening,

    I just wanted to see if you might consider adding a link to http://www.irdialogue.org, the official website of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. The journal seeks to bridge the divide between inter-religious scholarship and action and would likely provide a useful resource for your audience.

    All the best,

    Josh Stanton,


  18. I just wanted to tell you about an upcoming discussion concerning Iran’s presidential election and the future of U.S.-Iran relations which may interest you and your readers.

    The discussion will feature two leading Iran experts, Farideh Farhi, who is an Independent Scholar and Affiliate Graduate Faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manao, and Arang Keshavarzian, who is a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Arang Keshavarzian was in Iran for the presidential election and its immediate aftermath. Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society’s Director of Policy Studies, will moderate the discussion. Please see the attached flyer for more info.

    We hope that you can help spread the word to your readers about this program and encourage them to attend, or they can listen in live via audio webcast (www.asiasociety.org) and send questions in through email (moderator@asiasociety.org).

    Thank you so much for your help in spreading the word about this important program and please let me know if you have any questions!


  19. al slam 3likom

    hi brother

    realy nice blog , i’m very happy for you & proud to be I have muslim brother have an love energy for islam like you , espicaly for your potential to change minds about the bad islam image in your socie

    sorry if my english language not very well but i like to add my expression when i passed this blog .

    god bless you



  20. Salaam brother,
    We have a lot in common.  I was also in the military serving 11 years in the Navy, was a pretty devout Christian and African American.  I also came to Islam through Sept 11 and through two women I served with who were Muslim.  Good on you for this blog and your accomplishments.  Take care Brother and may Allah bless you in all your future endeavor.


  21. Assalam-o-Alakikulm Brother,

    Just wanted to say that you have a great blog. I am dissappointed to have only come across you after the unfortunate incident in the US Tevas military base upon which I read an article about you in a British newspaper.

    Take care,

    Wa Salam,


  22. I agree with Assalam,
    I don’t agree with all of your views but believe you speak with a measure of reason that may be beneficial to us all. You have to get, and get your followers to be more outspoken about those that are bringing the image of Islam down. I will admit that I am very anti-Islamist. Send me anything you may wish posted on my site(s).
    Bob A.


  23. I am sure  there are  many Muslims  who are concerned about what this tragedy  will evoke.  I agree with Bob A.  I have seen VERY little in regard to the level-headed, sincere  Muslims making overt statements, marches or whatever it might take for them to show the rest of the world how they condemn these insane individuals and the groups who do these tragic things in the name of  the Muslim religion.  I don’t like to be anti any cultural group,  but there does not seem to be a concerted effort    from the Muslims  who  are also abhorred  by these tragic events to let others know just how abhorred they are!   Why aren’t we hearing about the groups of Muslims who are  working to help identify the radicals.  We don’t need names.  We just need to hear that the Muslim community is doing all it can to help catch, eradicate these  inhumane people.  We need specific  press  that shows how much you are doing.  I had a very dear Muslim friend who went back to Egypt.  I miss her.  I know there is good.  Perhaps I am just naive.  Perhaps people will wonder where  have I been not to be more aware.  I am a typical American, so I believe if I am not in the know…… there are many just like me.   Make your efforts known!      


  24. Asalaam Alaykum…
    Y0u rock brother Robert :D. I am an American converted Muslima, and I love your views. Alhamdulillah for you. Take care. 🙂

    Your sis in Islam,


  25. I am your friendly neighborhood heretic.  While inwardly, I submit to the will of Allah, and when I pray, I pray to Allah, and I believe in the ONE, the Only Being, I am also an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, a Bible scholar, and writer of commentary.
    If I could read Arabic, I would certainly read the Koran.  I mistrust English translations, as those I have tried reading were too much of a cultural disconnect between the Prophet’s culture and ours.
    I am initiate in the Chisti Sufi order (since 1979), and have devoted my life to creating understanding among people of different backgrounds.  Through this experience, which dominated my life for a dozen years, and still informs my heart and mind, I have found that every religion is from Allah.  Every religion derives from direct connection between a human mind and its Creator.   Many  saints and prophets have made this connection, and they all preached the same lessons.
    Islam, the submission to the will of Allah, is the same as the Christians’ desire to ‘follow in the footsteps of Christ’, or the Buddhist’s desire to ‘attain the Void.’
    As God/Allah is ALIVE, and is The Only Being, we are only alive in union with that ONE.  So any attacks by member of one faith upon another, are like cutting off your arm.
    Politically, I understand that global politics is part of the evil that we live with.  BUT: members of every faith who believe that God/Allah is ONE, must confront and disarm those who believe that armed conflict is a mandate from Heaven.
    Until we keep order in our own houses, and perform the Greater Jihad within ourselves, we need to work on that, instead of world domination.  To all Muslims:  Educate your children in both religions.  And in both religion and science.  Teach them how what Isa said is like what Mohammed said.  Teach them that politics has corrupted both religions, and that a true Muslim is a warrior of peace.  Teach them to read scripture in the original, and translate the concepts of peace into modern language.
    Most Christians and Jews have allowed Biblical history to BE history, updating the actual teachings of the prophets in their daily life.  Care for the homeless and the hungry, do not steal, lie, kill, etc., love each other and support each other in community.   Europe went through some terrible times, as the separation of church and state became a reality, and dogmatic wars were replaced by religious tolerance.  I pray daily that this time is almost over for Islam.


  26. If you intend to address issues that confront the American Muslim, assist others in learning taheed then I am all ears. I have no interest in hearing the problems of everyone except the person standing right next to me, looks like  me, and suffers like me. There is work to be done here and it does not involve learning the culture of people 1000s of miles away. Also a former marine, also in Maryland, also in IT, and also an African American man.
    Peace and Blessings


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