Mawlid and Christmas – Celebrating Prophets Muhammad and Jesus

By Muqtedar Khan “And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!  (Quran 19:33)” For the lovers of Prophets, the year 2015 has been a very special one. First, because the solar year is longer than the lunar one by about 12 days, Muslims [Read More…]

What’s Islamic About “Star Wars”?

By Farouk Peru As a lifelong fan of Star Wars (I went to see “The Empire Strikes Back” at the age of four), it is perhaps very predicable for me to link it to another great passion of my life – Islam. At one point, I watched at least one of the original trilogy every [Read More…]

Supporting Ourselves and Each Other – A Spiritual Response to These Times

By Afeefa Syeed “I just don’t even know how to feel; I’m either numb in my mind or hurting in my heart.” Over the past decade and half, American Muslims have seen aspects of this complicated identity play out: Besides more than one family losing a relative in the Twin Towers, in another family a [Read More…]

How Can Muslims Proactively Combat or Guard Against Extremists?

By Farouk Peru I went to bed last night praying. The news of the San Bernardino murders were just breaking out and obviously, I prayed it would not be Muslims who were responsible. Today, God answered my prayers by allowing it to be just so. The suspect is not only a Muslim but bears my [Read More…]

San Bernardino: When Circles Converge in Violence

By Alan Howard America today is grieving. Two mass shootings on the same day, and more families weeping and knowing that their mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband will not be coming home. Last night and again this morning I found myself asking over and over, “why does this keep happening?” And by “this” I [Read More…]

Dear Prisoners: A Thanksgiving Letter to those in Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba

By Dr. Maha Hilal The U.S.-lead “War on Terror” in response to the 9/11 attacks lead to a myriad of disastrous policies that largely and indiscriminately targeted Muslims and Muslim Americans. One of the biggest stains on the American legacy in this regard is the Guantanamo Bay prison to house an exclusively Muslim male population. [Read More…]