The Deeper Meaning of the Hajj – A Pilgrim’s Experience

Even as we aided our fellow pilgrim, I found myself impatiently asking why the local authorities had not yet arrived. I should have been asking, “What more can I do to help?” Read more

What’s My Name?

I am the queen of unsolicited advice. I’ll say out loud what everyone is thinking but don’t want to say aloud. I will break the silence on abuse or abusive behavior, and I will call your (or my) sh*t out. I can dish, and I can take it. But it’s going to have to be constructive Read more

If You Could See Emotions, They’d Look Like This

Happiness would be a blinding yellow with complementary audio of laughter at the push of a button. It would be dressed in silky floral fabrics and humming frequently while occasionally licking a decadent chocolate ice cream cone. Read more

#SelectiveSilence from the White House Regarding the Minnesota Mosque Bombing

Two different scenarios are playing out regarding the bombing of Dar Al Farooq mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota: Governor Mark Dayton declared on Sunday that it was a terrible, dastardly, cowardly act of terrorism.” And from the Trump Administration, which has been quick to condemn acts of terrorism elsewhere abroad and in the U.S. – abject silence. Read more

Can (and Should) Islam be Reformed?

If Islam could be so badly turned into a political and totalitarian system, why could it not be turned into something more moderate to coincide with democracy and freedom of expression? Read more

Muslim and Jewish Communities Join to Combat Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

The anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim bigotry of our current political leadership represent a methodical and ideological shift away from pluralism as a shared ideal. Trump is, quite overtly, asserting himself as the leader of a far-right white nationalist movement, as is evidenced by the violence and censure aimed at people of color who showed up at Trump rallies. Read more

Muslim Kids and Bullying – They ‘May Live in America, But They Are Not American’

Muslim children find themselves immersed deeply in a country whose elected leaders regularly identify Islam as America’s bane and call for an extermination of its adherents. Read more

Is the Quran to Blame? Looking at Domestic Violence and Scriptural Interpretation

How have passages from the Quran been interpreted and misinterpreted with regards to domestic violence? What does verse 4:34 really mean? Read more