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A Thanksgiving Prayer for Peace

*These remarks were given on November 22 at the annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Prayer service hosted by the Community of CongregationsThank you St. Giles Parish and the Community of Congregations for the invitation to speak at your annual interfaith Thanksgiving service. Thank you to all of you who are joining us in this cold November night.I am humbled to stand in front of all of you tonight to offer a few short words. On this day last year, police shot dead 12 year old Tamir Rice as he … [Read More...]

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The Story of American Resilience

The story America likes to tell about herself is full of rugged individuals. A family of pioneers heading west to make a new life for themselves. Two young men road tripping across the country searching for God. Wearing rags and dreaming of riches. Pulling bootstraps. That's our mythology, anyway, immortalized by national storytellers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jack Kerouac, and reinforced every year by literature teachers in high schools everywhere. Anyone can make it if they work hard enough … [Read More...]

A New Mosque in Town

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory Friday seriesBy Laura PThat moment when you realize you would leave your current mosque without a second thought and not go back, if there was an alternative. That moment when you discover there is going to be an alternative.I was minding my own … [Read More...]

A Mosque The Prophet Would Recognize

After a recent performance in a different part of her city, an internationally renowned artist needed to pray Maghrib. She looked up the nearest mosque and upon reaching it, she found the doors to the women's section locked. Buzzing the intercom to the main office, she prayed that someone would … [Read More...]

Questioning the Mosque

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory Friday seriesBy Alia SarfrazIf we are to confront the topic of mosques, we must first address these questions:What's in a name?Growing up, we would often refer to the Muslim house of worship as a 'mosque,' instead of using the Arabic word … [Read More...]

Mosque Status Quo

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory Friday seriesBy Julie SiddiqiJust before this Ramadan started, I attended a talk at my local mosque called ‘Preparation for Ramadan.’ The speaker does regular sessions at that mosque and it said ‘men and women welcome’ so I decided to go. Women wer … [Read More...]

Is Hijab Glamor Kryptonite?

A few years ago, one of my friends left her family and friends to work in a Gulf Arab state. A hijabi Muslim woman with a Moroccan name, she had found it exceedingly difficult to secure long-term employment in Belgium, where she was born and raised. My friend had remained perennially underemployed … [Read More...]

How a Mosque Can Welcome Women

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory series which will feature a story every FridayBy Dudu KücükgölI have never felt so welcome in a mosque!A few weeks before Ramadan we heard that a mosque nearby re-opened. My family and I wanted to see the new mosque, so we went there for Fr … [Read More...]

A Muslim Prayer for Hiroshima

70 years ago, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed 140,000 people out of a total population of 350,000. By dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki, the US and Allied forces effectively ended World War Two. My school teachers and textbooks always seemed … [Read More...]

The Biggest Masjid

 This is Day 30 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Nevien ShaabnehWe drove under the dark canopy of the Chicago skyline. Rain tap-danced God’s mercy as I sat transfixed at my new world. Buildings loomed boasting with lights - man made mountains - unl … [Read More...]

The Journey to Being Regularly Mosqued

This is Day 29 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Christal WilliamsAs a revert to Islam, and an irregular mosque-goer, I always get a slight paranoid feeling about going to the mosque in Ramadan. But there is a mosque that’s close to my heart.There’s a really … [Read More...]

Shiaphobia at the Intersection and Why it Matters

This is Day 29 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Shereen YousufBismillahThough there is no shortage of beautiful people and devoted followers in my community, I have to admit that my mosque fits the archetype of negative mosque experiences. This includes e … [Read More...]

A Beloved Guest’s Departure: One Woman’s I’tikaf

This is Day 28 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015by Hazel GómezA beloved guest is starting to pack and say goodbye, leaving us yearning for the next visit, already planning what we’ll do differently once we welcome them into our homes again. During these last days a … [Read More...]

An Afrikan Ramadan

This is Day 28 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Ihssan Tahir*Author's Note: The spelling of Africa as Afrika is intentional and used by many Pan-Afrikanists to emphasize a united continent free from colonized forces.It was midday and the sun beat down w … [Read More...]