Paris Attacks: When Language Inspires Hate and Terror Vs. Hope and Reason

By Ahmad Khawaja As the world begins to recover from last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Muslims around the globe have been on the receiving end of misplaced outrage, including right here at home. Mosques have been burnt down, people have been violently assaulted and one UK woman was even pushed into an oncoming train. These [Read More…]

What Can We Do as Muslims in Wake of #ParisAttacks?

By Saud Inam Yes, we are all frustrated. We feel sorrow. We feel pain. We’ve been here before time after time. A violent act occurs in the name of Islam, and we’re expected to condemn or apologize and the same cycle of Islamophobia occurs again. We get angry, we get frustrated and have a storm [Read More…]

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…]

Death of a Hajj

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

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…]


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