The White House Iftar Boycott – Why the Debate?

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By Dr. Faisal Qazi The other day in clinic when I asked a patient of mine what he did for work, he said, “Doc, I’m embarrassed to say it, but I’m a retired deputy Sheriff from LA.” I inquired about his hesitation. He noted how the department had deteriorated in morale and discipline, adding that [Read More...]

Ramadan 2014 – When Deprivation is the Journey

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This article comes on Day 11 of our special Altmuslim/Patheos Muslim Ramadan #30Days30Writers blog project, in which we are showcasing the voices of 30 Muslim leaders, activists, scholars, writers, youth and more (one on each day of Ramadan) as part of our commitment to own our own narratives and show how we are one Ummah, many voices. [Read More...]

Ramadan 2014 – Is Ramadan Morphing into A Meaningless Holiday Season?

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at a State Department iftar.

This article comes on Day Nine of our special Altmuslim/Patheos Muslim Ramadan #30Days30Writers blog project, in which we are showcasing the voices of 30 Muslim leaders, activists, scholars, writers, youth and more (one on each day of Ramadan) as part of our commitment to own our own narratives and show how we are one Ummah, many voices. [Read More...]

Ramadan Controversy – Avoiding The White House (and State Department) Iftaars

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By Aaron Vlek Well, the internet is on fire today about the White House Iftar and why Muslims are or are not going.  Boycotters find it unconscionable to sit down to dinner with people and an administration they feel to be, among other things, guilty of numerous crimes against humanity, lying, perpetuating a foreign policy [Read More...]

‘Getting It’ This Ramadan

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By Aaron Vlek I’ve been really looking forward to Ramadan this year. I look forward to it every year actually, and usually look to its long days and rituals as something of a spiritual retreat, an inner vacation and a time of heightened awareness and togetherness with fellow Muslims far and wide that I don’t [Read More...]


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