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

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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...]

From Madinah to Makkah – How Hajj Prepares Us to Do the Hard Work

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Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Altmuslim’s Hajj 2015 reflection series. By Wadud Hassan By the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), my family and I were fortunate to perform our Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah last year. We had a very pleasant journey and a great experience to remember for the [Read More...]

Reflections from My Hajj – Activists, Advocates, Quietists


By Davi Barker Davi Barker, who writes at The Muslim Agorist and for other publications, recently returned from his Hajj pilgrimage. Altmuslim will be featuring a few of his reflections this week, as Barker settles back into his post-Hajj life. I recently returned home from Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and I’ve been thinking [Read More...]