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...]

Death of a Hajj

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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...]

Lessons of the Hajj – Lessons for Life

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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...]

What Can We Learn From Pope Francis as Muslims?

By Saud Inam Pope Francis, in recent times, has gained the admiration, love and respect of people of all faiths, including Muslims. In many ways Pope Francis embodies the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is in the example of the Pope that we see the example of one who of another [Read More...]

If We Need a Religious Leader, Let Him/Her Be Like Pope Francis

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By Farouk Peru I grew in a culture of reverence: Reverence for one’s elders, teachers, leaders and also religious leaders. It was ingrained in me fairly early in my life, as Islam was passed down to me through a chain of pious and knowledgeable people known as the ‘ulama’ (people of knowledge). The ulama are [Read More...]

A Hajj Conversation for Believers: Responding to Saudi Aggression and Corruption

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of Altmuslim’s Hajj 2015 series, featuring articles and reflections upon Hajj, the holy days of Dhul Hijjah and Eid ul Adha. By May Alhassen and Fatima Ashraf More than two million Muslims gather in Mecca, Saudi Arabia each year to perform Hajj. Hajj is a sacred journey and series [Read More...]


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