What Mother Mary Means to Me

The house in which Mary is purported to have lived her last years, located in  Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, near Selçuk in Turkey.

By Afeefa Syeed At Christmas time I hum along to the Little Drummer Boy song. I always wanted to be that drummer who gave a gift to the new born King and makes Mary smile. And I’m reminded again that the more I learn and reflect about the many manifestations of Mary, mother of Jesus, [Read More...]

The History of Ashura – Why We Should Remember

Karbala

By Safiyyah Surtee Writing about Muharram, the day of Ashura and the events of Karbala from a non-sectarian perspective is not simple, but I believe there can be reconciliation. I grew up in a home where Muharram is a time of celebration, as it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar, as well the hijrah [Read More...]

Telling Our Own Truths – The Forward-Moving American Muslim Narrative

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By Deonna Kelli Sayed A full moon hung low one North Carolina night. Omar ibn Said was on the run from his South Carolina master, who had almost beaten him to death a month earlier. When Omar came upon a church, he whispered “Praise Allah” under his breath. He took ablutions by the well in [Read More...]

Paradoxes in a Fajr Wonderland

By Rushain Abbasi I passed by the shadowy garbage cans and the mysterious sounds of a muffled ruckus greeted my ears, probably the mewing of ravenous cats searching for an early breakfast, wrestling each other for the last piece of wasted kinafah. As a rationalist Muslim I didn’t care much for ritual, so I rarely [Read More...]

Skinny Dipping in Ramadan

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By Rushain Abbasi When thinking about the month of Ramadan, I often recall a story I heard from a peculiar Muslim scholar. In an attempt to advise Muslims on preparation for this holy month, he spoke of an odd incident from his relatively unorthodox youth. Traveling in the backwoods of Europe, he passed by a [Read More...]

Call for Submissions – Send Us Your Ramadan Stories and Reflections

Ramadan meme fasting

Are you Ramadan ready? Or if you are not a Muslim, are you ready for the deluge of fasting Muslims, heightened worship and Ramadan traditions and customs? If there is ever a month that unifies (as best as possible) billions of Muslims around the world, it’s Ramadan. Muslims around the world are preparing for this [Read More...]


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