On Accidental Brilliance and Leaving My Silo

He was from the right, and he probably voted for Trump! What do I do? This changed the dynamic of the whole relationship. I was accidentally brilliant in my decision to meet him. Read more

5 Ways to Get Through Disappointment

Henry David Thoreau said, “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” Here are five ways to help us all get through our disappointments in life. Read more

In Defense of Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and the Personal Reform of Traditional Islam

Who is Hamza Yusuf and why is he causing such a stir in the Muslim community? Read more

My September 11 Muslim Story

It has now been sixteen years since the 9/11 attacks, and as a Muslim American, each year I mourn the endless amount of violence that my communities have experienced not just at the hands of the state, but from society at large. Read more

Spiritual but Not Religious Should Be a Phase in Life, Not a Way of Life

Do you identify as spiritual but not religious? If so, you are certainly not alone. Read more

What is the Muslim World Doing to Help the Rohingya?

For all the talk of Muslim solidarity, it seems that after all, the best hope for the Rohingya is that the United States and the European Union use the diplomatic clout they possess to sway the Myanmar government. Read more

Protect DREAMers, a Vital Part of Our Communities

Rescinding DACA would also be disastrous to our economy. Removing 800,000 people from the workforce nationwide would cost the country $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade. Read more

How My iPhone Went for Hajj Before Me – A Lesson in Second Chances

Between my weight-loss surgery and being able forge a new relationship with my phone, maybe I am ready make the leap and finally go for my Hajj. Read more

Trump’s Speech on Afghanistan and Pakistan Signals Unending War

In his speech, the Commander-in-Chief said, “We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.” What about the more than 40,000 we killed so far? Why did that not end terrorism? Read more

The Sacrifices of Hajar and Ismail – A Hajj Parable of Radical Hope for Modern Times

This story, commemorated by Muslims at hajj and around the world this week, is a story of radical hope in the face of a seemingly impossible situation. This week, Muslims across the world will remember and commemorate that sacrifice and the hope we can feel even in the face of darkness. Read more

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