ISNA 2013 – Reflections on Sacred Space: Where’s My Place

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the  Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Muslim community here.  By Marwa Aly Just pray. This was a text sent to me by my dear sister, Sameera, an hour before my talk with Imam William Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), [Read More...]

Combating Islamophobia — Breaking through the Invisibility Cloak

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By Dr. Henry Millstein and Maha Elgenaidi The advent of Ramadan this year on July 9 brings to mind the ongoing hold of Islamophobic ideology on the American public. Despite years of struggle on this issue by Muslims and their allies, the most recent Pew poll of attitudes towards Muslims in May 2013 shows that 40 [Read More...]

Skinny Dipping in Ramadan

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By Rushain Abbasi When thinking about the month of Ramadan, I often recall a story I heard from a peculiar Muslim scholar. In an attempt to advise Muslims on preparation for this holy month, he spoke of an odd incident from his relatively unorthodox youth. Traveling in the backwoods of Europe, he passed by a [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...]

The Conversation in my Head – Ramadan in July

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By Hesham Hassaballa In the Name of the Infinitely Good and Compassionate Beloved Lord July 9 marks the first day of Ramadan in 2013. This is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims must forgo food and drink (yes, even water) during the daylight hours. Because the Islamic sacred calendar is lunar, Ramadan [Read More...]

Calling Spades Across the Divide in the Comedy of Errors – The Saga of Umar Lee and the Islamists

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By Ahmed Younis and Dr. Bassem Youssef Umar Lee left Islam — and then came back. One of the things Egyptians and Americans have in common is professional wrestling. Weekly translations of the glory years of WWF episodes have ensured that there is nothing missed (in translation) between the youth of our two worlds. From [Read More...]


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