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…]

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…]

Does the Quran Teach Compulsion? A Response

By Farouk Peru In the protracted media campaign to depict Islam as the enemy of human civilization, there is nothing sadder to me than the misrepresentation of the Quran. The Quran is often portrayed as a book that inspires hatred and encourages Muslims to act violently. This agenda can only be fulfilled, however, by adopting [Read More…]

Giving a Name to the Asexual Muslim Experience

By Laura P. I spend an awful lot of my time online, for work, for volunteering, for fun. But even I didn’t expect that one of the most profound realizations in my life would come from the internet. One evening in 2004, browsing news online after work, I happened upon an article called Coming out, [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…]

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

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…]


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