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…]

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

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…]

Lessons of the Hajj – Lessons for Life

By Lisha Azaa Editor’s Note: This essay is part of our Hajj 2015 series. Al Hamdulillah, I got a chance to attempt Hajj when I accompanied my parents several years ago at the tender age of 17. Even though I was barely out of my teens, the experience of spending 21 days in the desert [Read More…]

Reflections on the Hajj – Establishing A Muslim’s Center

By Susan Carland If you want to know what matters most to you, observe what first comes to mind when you wake up. What is that one issue that keeps swirling through your mind day after day – that one matter your thoughts can’t help gravitating around? As I sat outside with a friend in [Read More…]

Call for Submissions – Send Us Your Reflections on Dhul Hijjah, Hajj and Eid ul Adha

The first nine days of Dhul Hijjah (the ninth month in the Muslim calendar) are upon us, a most blessed time leading up to the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Millions are converging in Makkah and its surrounding areas for the pilgrimage. For other Muslims worldwide, these days are blessed as well, with promises of multiplied rewards [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…]


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