How Fasting Forces a Break from the Norm and Opens Our Eyes

No, fasting isn’t easy. It isn’t shiny and entertaining. It isn’t always comfortable or convenient. It requires self-restraint and resolve. But growth rarely follows periods of ease, and neon signs blind us from the stars. [Read more…]

Hajj Reflections: Finding Peace in the Chaos

  By Naureen Aqueel I was 27 years old, and I was writing my will. I was apologizing to friends and family if I had ever done anything to hurt them. I was thinking over my life. It was an eerie feeling as I imagined the possibility of dying and never returning to my apartment. [Read More…]

Hajj and the Single Woman

By Laura P. Hajj season is always somewhat bittersweet for me. For a number of years after I converted, I didn’t have enough savings to contemplate going on hajj. More recently, as my financial situation improved for the better and as I remosqued, I began to look more seriously into what would be necessary to [Read More…]

The Legacy of Malcolm X: Are You a Person of Haq?

By Dr. Ali Naqvi “Will you continue to use it … ? [the name Malcom X]” – Reporter “I will continue to use it as long as the situation that produced it exists.” – Malcom X Hajj Malik El Shabazz broke into a large smile at the absurdity of the question; the African Americans in [Read More…]

A Tale of Two Leaders: The Contrasting Messages of Pope Francis and King Salman

By Ziyad Motala Washington, D.C. played host to Pope Francis and the China’s Premier Xi Jinping last week. Commentators made comparisons of the symbolism and the lessons to be drawn from the visits of the contrasting leaders. But here is another comparison, perhaps more worthy of consideration. A few weeks ago, the Saudi monarch King [Read More…]

Death of a Hajj

By Ali Asadullah Editor’s Note: This op-ed is part of our Hajj 2015 series. Tragedy striking during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca is not a new phenomenon. As news reports continue to trickle in about the 2015 stampede that claimed some 717 souls, one immediately recalls previous incidents where stampedes, fires and other causes [Read More…]