Hajj Reflections: Finding Peace in the Chaos

  By Naureen Aqueel I was 27 years old, and I was writing my will. I was apologizing to friends and family if I had ever done anything to hurt them. I was thinking over my life. It was an eerie feeling as I imagined the possibility of dying and never returning to my apartment. [Read More…]

The Other Side of My Window – on Peace and Compassion in the New Year

  (Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Best Practices for Peace in 2015. Read other perspectives here.) By Deonna Kelli Sayed 1. Quyen wants a wife. He comes in twice a month for his antipsychotic shot, the one he feels will make it impossible for a woman to love him, the shot [Read More…]

Hanging with The Muslims

By Steven Scholl On Labor Day weekend, I spent four days hanging out with 15,000 Muslims at the Islamic Society of North America’s 49th annual convention in Washington, D.C. As one of the few non-Muslims in attendance, I was able to eavesdrop on hundreds of conversations swirling around me, take in several talks by prominent [Read More…]

Wajahat Ali’s All-American Khutbah (Sermon)

Wajahat Ali (playwright, humorist, lawyer, altmuslim contributing editor, and activist, who co-authored the Center for American Progress’s report “Fear, Inc.” on the Islamophobia network) gave his first khutbah at Duke University at invitation by Imam Abdullah T. Antepli Check out the text of his khutbah below. View the video of his khutbah at the end [Read More…]