Strength of Conviction – A Dynamic Future for Islam

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons of a 2008 Muslim Pride Parade - photo user Stephanie Keith

This post is part of Patheos' Future of Religion Summer Series, focusing this week on the Future of Islam. Click here to read more perspectives.One of the biggest lessons I've learned in 15 years of covering Muslims in America is this - we are surer of ourselves, stronger in our agreements and disagreements and proud and protective of our place as Muslims on a national and global stage.At a kitchen table, though I own a desk set up in a study converted from a dining room, I sit and … [Read more...]

The Srebrenica Genocide and the Bosnian War – Never Forget

"Srebrenica massacre memorial gravestones 2009 1" by Michael Büker - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

To God we belong and to God we return. Please take the time to say a prayer, for these men and boys, and also for the survivors. So many lives cut short (in the span of 3 days). It's especially breathtaking (as in, I can't breathe) when I see DOBs so close to my own. While I was taking exams and learning how to drive, they were murdered in cold blood, a deliberate genocide. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. – Hind Makki, Patheos Muslim blogger at HindtrospectivesTwenty years ago, like H … [Read more...]

Book Review: “undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace

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My life had changed. My Christian daughter became a Muslim.And my life and every single thing about life just flat-out flew apart.So here I sit today, ten years after my daughter made her announcement, staring at my keyboard in my belabored home office -- which also is a wreck and needs decluttering and an overhaul. Still, even in this mess, I commit to speak truth about the biggest mountain in my life that has yet to move.I wish my daughter wasn’t a Muslim.Wrong to say? P … [Read more...]

Mommy, Can I Draw the Prophet Muhammad?

From, Muslims protest against Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" contest by drawing  Muhammads they know (not the Prophet).

Wendy Thomas Russell over on the Patheos Atheist channel has a blog called Natural Wonderers, which is about "raising curious, compassionate kids in a secular family." She occasionally runs a series called "Mommy, What's that?" that is "aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts." She approached me and some of the bloggers at Patheos Muslim to take part in a round table discussion around this question that a child may ask: … [Read more...]

When Anti-Muslim Bigots and Muslim Extremists Follow the Same Playbook – on Pamela Geller and Garland, Tx

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Alia Salem, Executive Director at CAIR-Texas Dallas Fort Worth, knew it was going to be a very difficult, dangerous time for Muslims in her area and across Texas at large. With the Pamela Geller-sponsored “Draw the Prophet Muhammad” contest coming in Garland, TX, she decided to make a plea to her community to take the high road.So, on April 25, she posted this on Facebook: Please share this in every group and with every Muslim in DFW. I implore the community.I am calling on ALL com … [Read more...]

New York City to Add Muslim Holidays to Public School Schedule

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons

"We no longer have to choose between our education and our faith!" -- tweetI woke up today to see that #EidInNYC was trending in Twitter? Why? Because New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the addition of the two Muslim Eid holidays to the public school schedule. Says this CBS local article: Schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, making New York City the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar.“We are co … [Read more...]

Poem – If I Die

This poem is a guest post by Tahera Rahman. If I Die  If I die, would you ask why? If I were beaten to a pulp on the side of the road? If I were choked to death? If I were shot in my home, would you pursue justice in my name? Would you picket in the streets, march to beats, Would you treat my life like more than just a game? If I die, would you ask why? Would you wipe my children’s tears?             Care for my parents?             Assuage my community’s fears? Would you remember to … [Read more...]