Poetry as dhikr.- Warsan ShireThis past Ramadan I threw myself head over heels into poetry.I struggled this Ramadan, with my health, with my temper, with my solitude. But the one thing that kept me grounded as I moved forward with the month was words. Writing isn’t just a form of expression – writing is how I process my spirituality, it is how I calm my chaotic thoughts, it is my way of connecting not just with other people, but with myself.I challenged myself to writing a poem a day … [Read more...]

My Father and My Religion

I was on a conference call one evening last week when my call waiting beeped at me. It took me a few seconds to recognize the number since I only see that area code a couple times a year. It was my dad. I let it go to voicemail.I waited until the next day to check the message. His voice came amicably through the receiver and he chided me jokingly about turning 40 a few weeks earlier. My dad doesn’t celebrate birthdays, so I thought it was odd that he was calling me about it until I realized t … [Read more...]

Crying and Reclamation

I am not always strong.There are times that I experience steep slopes of sadness. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, the sorrow arrives as crude, impolite explosions.I don’t have everything together, no matter what type of confidence seeps out of my writing. I spend most of my time struggling from paycheck-to-paycheck, too poor to actually date should anyone ever ask me out.  I’m always in a suspended state of fear that this is all my life is going to be: a lonely existence w … [Read more...]

Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie

Love, Inshallah presents an author interview podcast with The Faith Club author, Ranya Tabari Idliby, as she discusses her memoir, Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America.Deonna Kelli Sayed (DKS): This is Deonna Kelli Sayed for www.patheos.com/blogs/loveinshallah. Ranya Tabari Idliby is an American-Muslim writer. You’ve probably heard of her first book, the celebrated The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew: Three Women Search for Understanding, which featured an interfaith … [Read more...]

Thank you, San Francisco!

A huge thank you to our San Francisco readers who ventured out in the rain last night to our SOLD OUT launch party for Salaam, Love! We're incredibly grateful for your love, support, and wonderful discussion. A special thank you to our MC for the evening, Zahra Noorbaksh, and to the California Institute of Integral Studies for hosting the event.Check out more pictures from our event on our Facebook page, here.Next up - Los Angeles! View our full book tour schedule, here. … [Read more...]

Salaam, Stephen Leeper!

Our new book, Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy, will be released on February 4th. In the lead up to the release, meet our 22 contributors.Today, meet Stephen Leeper!An excerpt from Stephen's story, "On Guard":It was the second year after I’d moved from North Carolina to California. I had moved to escape boredom and childhood memories, leaving Ashley, my beautiful non-Muslim girlfriend, behind. We had been a couple for a few months, but had known each ot … [Read more...]

Muslims in Hollywood

Novelist and screenwriter Kamran Pasha on being a Muslim in Hollywood and having the courage to follow your dreams, whatever your spiritual path.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NWFRcLSFcxM … [Read more...]

Faith, Identity & Storytelling

An excellent conversation with 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar on faith, identity & storytelling at Princeton University.http://vimeo.com/76538759 … [Read more...]


Faithyou taught me to pray, the wordsand offering to the Divine: a Godwho kept you safe when we couldn’t -now I speak: a different language;I take your prayers, fashion theminto riddles: questions on faith,but I seem faithless to holy men.I am shot through with doubt,racked with guilt. I take my last touch,of fingertips to your cold skin;your hair catches; I drop your shroud.I clasp my trembling palms and weep.I pray.---Marziya Mohammedali is a w … [Read more...]

“Get married or die fasting”

Author and academic Haroon Moghul - a contributor to our forthcoming book Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy - writes a provocative new column for Al Arabiya English on marriage, modernity, and Muslims:In the Muslim world, we love to say proscribe. But to actually take the risk of addressing the real world?‘Someone’s out there,’ I promised Tariq. Technically true. But cruelly. The very uncertainty that made our rapidly changing world a lonelier place—and thus us in n … [Read more...]