October 13, 2018

Was Jesus a Jew or a Christian or a Muslim? If he was a Jew, how do you reconcile that the “founder” of Christianity was a Jew? Muslims believe he was a “Muslim”, but not in the way “Muslims” are traditionally viewed. As you strain your eyebrows over this claim, let me explain why. Whereas many Muslim scholars would agree he was a Jew ethnically and he was considered a Jew based on his religious affiliation to the temple and… Read more

October 10, 2018

Last year I published a post on 3 myths about Hijab. One myth I neglected to mention was the long-held belief even among some Muslims that Hijabi women are uneducated, backward and/or oppressed. Here is an example of one truly remarkable, myth-busting Hijabi woman astrophysicist. But let me first go over the 3 myths I covered on my prior post briefly. Myth#1 Hijab is a dress code only. Hijab is commonly thought of a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf and… Read more

October 7, 2018

The country has been sharply divided after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation by Senate, hailed as a victim of left wing conspiracy by the Republicans and the president, and as a right wing extension of the GOP agenda by the Democrats. I had mentioned on my post last week that FBI investigation aside, the verdict for me was in after his testimony. Here are the 6 lessons learned from this whole process. 1. Accusation of sexual assault needs to meet the standards… Read more

October 5, 2018

Charitable giving is among the important religious practices we have in common. Attending Sukkah ceremony at my neighborhood synagogue last week during the festival of Sukkot was another reminder of how much we have in common- the reading of the Torah, the prayers, the mannerism during the service, circumambulating the sanctuary counter clockwise seven times and much more. I felt completely at home. What does the Sukkah service have to do with the topic here? Probably nothing directly but it… Read more

September 30, 2018

While the FBI investigates the validity of Dr. Christine Blaisey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, I have come to the conclusion regardless of FBI’s eventual findings: He is unfit as a Supreme Court judge. That much was clear after his performance at the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Whether he sexually assaulted Dr. Ford when they were both in high school or not, that’s up to FBI investigators to find out. The investigation should continue to find… Read more

September 28, 2018

If the world’s religions, whether monotheistic, eastern or otherwise, agree on one thing, it is respecting and serving the parents. Sadly in today’s fast-paced world, we see an erosion of the age-old tradition of honoring the parents. Here are 20 reasons (besides a million other) why we should serve our parents. Over the last 25 years or so, there has been a rapid growth of elder care homes and assisted living homes, as the children are unable and/or willing to… Read more

September 24, 2018

Earlier this month, I wrote about forgiveness and how an American mosque is walking the walk. I want to now share this heart-warming video that can serve as an example of Jewish-Muslim harmony and co-existence at a synagogue in India. These Jews and Muslims are leading by example and prove that the Jews-Muslims peace is not just a pipe dream, giving hope to rest of us striving for interfaith peace and harmony. The video titled, “The Muslim gatekeepers of the… Read more

September 22, 2018

 A common myth is that the Salat was ordained for the followers of Prophet Muhammad only. A review of Abrahamic Scriptures and other religious literature would reveal that it predates Prophet Muhammad’s time and was also ordained for Jews and Christians. Salat is the ritual prayer that is obligatory for all Muslims. It is more than “the prayers” as might be perceived by the English translation. It follows a prescribed pattern and recitation of specific verses and supplications in a… Read more

September 18, 2018

The world is increasing divided among various sects, each claiming to be the righteous one. The Christians identify themselves as Catholics, Protestants, Progressive or Liberal, and further are divided into various churches such as Episcopalians, Methodists, Lutherans, Eastern Orthodox and so on, each claiming to be the true followers of Jesus. Which then bags a similar question I asked of Muslims on my last post: Was Jesus a Catholic, a Protestant, both or neither? Muslims tend to identify themselves as… Read more

September 15, 2018

The Muslim world is increasing divided among various sects, each claiming to be the righteous one. Muslims tend to identify themselves as Shias and Sunnis and yet both claim to be the follower of Prophet Muhammad, which begs the question: Was he a Sunni, a Shia, neither or both? I will not go into an esoteric discussion of the origins of Sunnis and Shias here but would like to point out that the word Sunni generally refers to the ones… Read more

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