The Living TraditionMisreading Rumi: It's About the Divine, Not Just Romantic Love
Why are Rumi's poetic verses on love and loss often divorced of Islam and self-surrender to promulgate a wide-reaching appeal? Surely romantic love wasn't his whole-soul muse.
AltmuslimWorking with LGBTQ & Other Allies – Moving Beyond the Kumbaya in Interfaith Work
It’s time to move beyond the holding hands and singing kumbaya. It’s time to make alliances with folks we don’t typically ally with. It’s time to have difficult conversations about difficult subjects. It’s time to recognize who has stood up for us and stand up for them as well, even if we don’t align theologically -- we align as humans.
The Living TraditionTranslating Love’s Confusion: Hollywood and Misreading Rumi
The 2010 Hollywood celebrity fest chick-flick Valentine’s Day opens with Reed Bennett, a florist played by Ashton Kutscher, proposing marriage to Morley (Jessica Alba), as she wakes up on Feb. 14. Evidently startled, Morley initially accepts, sending Reed on a joyful mission to let everyone know his sweetheart said “yes”! But his elation is short-lived. [Read More...]
Holding The Tension of OppositesTrump Action On Muslim Immigration: The Need for Unity and Alliances
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump stands during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, Thursday, Jan.... [Read More]
Muslimah Next DoorAutsim, Betsy DeVos, the Supreme Court and Standing Up for Disabilities
D walking in the park. Nearly five years ago, we sat in a room – myself, my husband, D’s teacher and principal at the time plus representatives from our county’s exceptional... [Read More]
altmuslim10 Ways to Be an Effective Ally to the Muslim Community
Photo courtesy of the Islamic Monthly By Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator, Islamic Networks Group Following the results of the 2016 Presidential election, I have received... [Read More]
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