What Happened in Vegas Won’t Stay in Vegas unless…

I was asked by my friend and the executive director of our Interfaith Council, Rev. Will McGarvey to speak at a vigil in Concord, California to honor the memories of the victims of Las Vegas shooting that took place on Sunday October 01, 2017. He asked me to reflect on it from a Muslim perspective. As I started to think about what I was going to say, I started thinking: Is there really a Muslim perspective? I quickly realized the… Read more

Muharram- A Plea for Intra-Faith Dialogue and Unity

I have been working to promote interfaith dialogue for many years, as there is a great need for people from various faith traditions to get to know each other. This has never been more relevant (at least in our lifetime) given the current socio-political climate. But what about Intra-faith dialogue among Muslims? There seems to be near-complete lack of such dialogue, though there is clearly a need for one. Muharram is the perfect time to start one. The Muslim world… Read more

My Hajj in Videos

In this post, I have attempted to put my incredible experience of Hajj in a series of ultra short videos, to hopefully inspire you to one day take the same journey, realizing that words and videos cannot do justice to accurately reflect on the inspirational-high I felt. To say that my Hajj was an amazing experience is the understatement of my life. It was physically the most demanding trip I have ever undertaken, yet the most uplifting by far. From… Read more

My Hajj: Friday Prayer at Kaa’ba – An Experience of a Lifetime

I left my hotel room around 9 a.m. for the Friday prayers at Kaa’ba, with the thought that I would beat the crowd, as we had about three and a half hours before the Friday adhan ( call to prayer). Well, everyone  must have thought the same, as I found out the gates to the mosque were already closed! The Grand Mosque was already full and pilgrims were lining up in the yard leading to the mosque and onto the streets… Read more

My Hajj – Inside the Grand Mosque and the Kaa’ba

For the most part, no one is allowed to actually enter inside Kaa’ba, which is the black cube in the center of the Grand Mosque, or Masjid e Haram. I am sharing one of my experiences when I was inside the Masjid e Haram, also known simply as ” the haram.” The kaa’ba is in the middle of the masjid, and one of the corner bears the Hajre Aswad, or the black stone, believed to be an rock from the… Read more

My Hajj – The Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque and City of Madina In Pictures

After long and tiring flights from California to Abu Dhabi to Jeddah, we took the flight to Madina several days before the actual Hajj was to begin. We arrived in the Prophet’s city around 10:30 p.m., some 30 hours after leaving home. The fatigue quickly evaporated by the sight of the lights of Madina and in particular, the mosque of the Prophet, known as Masjid an-Nabawi. Though visiting the Prophet’s mosque and the city of Madina, which welcomed the Prophet Muhammad… Read more

Off to Perform Hajj – The Trip of My Life

To visit Mecca to perform Hajj is a dream of all Muslims. Read more

UPDATE: How President Trump Is Redefining Terrorism and Terrorists

It seems that if a white supremacist Christian kills others in a clearly hate-inspired violence, it does not fit the bill as domestic terrorism. Read more

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