Making This a Joyous Eid for the Children

Ramadan 2017 has been filled with blessings. However, feelings of grief and fear have also surfaced, with news of so many tragic hate crimes targeting various faiths, races and marginalized groups. As a mother, I want all children to be safe and shielded from the tragedies that hit daily headlines. [Read more…]

Ramadan Reflections – In Search of Connections and a Brighter Future

Whether it’s neighbors who proudly display Trump signs on their lawn, or the casual racism of allies who expect all Muslims to condemn the actions of a deviant few, to those who can laugh off Trump as a blip on America’s political history while his administration puts the lives of others in danger, it’s been a challenge this year to find the peace this holy month usually brings. [Read more…]

In Times of Crisis, How Can Communities Heal?

Today, countless Muslim parents across the country may be telling their daughters not to wear the hijab, advising whether they should attend mosque services or not and cautioning them to be hyper vigilant as they go out in public. It does not have to be this way. [Read more…]

How Do We Make Islam Relevant and Meaningful to Our Youth?

Young people in our highly individualized times need faith to be meaningful, relevant and fulfilling. They need us to parent them according to where they are and who they are, not according to who we are and from where we have come. [Read more…]

Healing Myself Through the Quran

If you’re reading this, you’re probably groggy from a night of seeking forgiveness and hoping for reward from God on a powerful night. It is my honor to greet your tired eyes and empty bellies. The hope that we can maybe improve the world around us even incrementally is incredibly healing. [Read more…]

How (Not) to Feed Your Dragon – Rumi’s Advice in Ramadan

Rumi concludes the story by reminding us of how difficult it is to tame the wily nafs. He says: “It needs a Moses to kill the dragon.” For me, this not only underscores the importance of fasting and other practices that strengthen one’s personal will, but also of making a conscious connection to the prophets as inner archetypes of embodying the Divine Will. [Read more…]