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...]

From Madinah to Makkah – How Hajj Prepares Us to Do the Hard Work

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Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Altmuslim’s Hajj 2015 reflection series. By Wadud Hassan By the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), my family and I were fortunate to perform our Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah last year. We had a very pleasant journey and a great experience to remember for the [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...]

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...]

Building Sunni-Shi’a Unity, One Mosque Visit at a Time

Bait ul Ilm Masjid

By Mohiuddin Ahmed “When do you want to go to Bait-ul-Ilm to pray,” my wife Nausheen asked. “Bait ul Ilm?” “Heena’s mosque,” she reminded me. Her friend had given her an open invitation to visit the masjid at some point, and given the spate of recent attacks on Shi’a masjids in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, this [Read More...]

The Heat, Hunger and Thirst of Ramadan – Spiritual Melding with Physical

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This is Day 28 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Abdullah bin Hamid Ali The Islamic historical and exegetical literature inform us that Ramadan gets its name from the fact that the very first Ramadan occurred during an intensely hot season. In the word “Ramadan” is “Ramda,” which means “severe heat” or the [Read More...]