For Those Grieving over Newtown, Hold Their Hand

By Hesham A. Hassaballa December is never a good month for my wife and me. Our daughter — who passed away three years ago from cancer — was born on December 30. And so this time of year is always hard. This year, the horrific shootings in Newtown, Connecticut have only made it worse, for [Read More…]

The Raw Deal for Muslim Dads

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This year’s Father’s Day is extra special for me: for one thing, I have the weekend off, and thus I can spend the day with my family and not have to worry about rounding and taking hospital call. More importantly, however, is that I [Read More…]

Forgiveness, Not Death, for Hamza Kashgari

By Hesham A. Hassaballa The ultimate fate of Saudi blogger, poet and writer Hamza Kashgari is still unknown. The 23-year-old, who formerly worked for the Saudi Arabia newspaper Al Bilad, recently tweeted some critical comments about the Prophet Muhammad (saw), which left conservative Saudi clerics crying blasphemy and calling for his blood. Kashgari’s cause has [Read More…]

Why my daughter should have MLK day off

My youngest daughter is sick with cold (say it together now: awwwwwwww), and thus we did not send her to her Islamic school today. My older daughter, however, is off today for the Martin Luther King holiday, because she attends public school. The discrepancy irks me deeply. Me? No such luck. No day off today. [Read More…]

Assessing the ummah: What we can learn from Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit knew that, no matter what, the entire Israeli nation had his back. Does the Muslim world have the back of its own, as its Lord had commanded it to do? Sadly, the answer is “no.” [Read more…]

Profiling: Security and trust, suspicion and scapegoating

A decade after 9/11, there are persistent voices that call the presence of American Muslims a threat. The facts, however, consistently belie the contention that the American Muslim community is a violent “fifth column.” [Read more…]