School Districts Deny Petitions to Close School on Muslim Holidays

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Growing up in North Dakota and later in Maryland, any time a Muslim holiday rolled around (Eid ul Fitr or Eid ul Adha), I took off from school to celebrate it. As I got into higher grades, there were times I just took a few hours off to attend Eid prayers and then headed back to school so I wouldn't miss an important test or assignment. Being in Advanced Placement and honors classes in high school, even missing one day made it tough to catch up. Back then, there also weren't as many activities … [Read more...]

Struggling to Illuminate the Darkness

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What is this? What IS THIS?I am no longer desensitized, offering up moments of reflection on the physical violence and death and hateful rhetoric in Syria, Libya, Cairo, Pakistan or even here in the United States via platforms like Facebook and blogs – and then moving on with my life. This is how I’ve always approached the troubles of the world as a journalist/editor. Write, or find good people to write about what’s happening, what’s wrong, what’s right, what can improve, what is truthful, wh … [Read more...]

Lets Get Ready for Ramadan!

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I took the kids (younger two) to Jummah (Friday) prayers today at one of our local mosques. The khutbah (sermon) was about making the most of the month of Sha’baan and preparing for the holy month of Ramadan. Sure comes up on you fast, doesn’t it? We are a month away from Ramadan (predicted to start on July 20, depending on the siting of the new moon) and aside from the hilarious spiritual discussion trolling the social networks about how a Muslim should handle the problem of opening night of the … [Read more...]

Ashura – An Important Day for All Muslims

It's the Ashura today (or ninth of Muharram, depending on what version of the Islamic calendar you follow). By way of a quick history, Ashura, which falls on the 10th of Muharram (the first month in the Muslim lunar calendar), is a significant day for all Muslims, but is marked as a major religious occasion for Shi'a Muslims. It is the day (in 680 A.D.) when Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was martyred in Karbala, which is located in modern-day Iraq.All Muslims are … [Read more...]

A Special Eid for Autistic and Special Needs Children

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Anyone who tries to connect that divide between raising an autistic child and adhering to faith traditions knows what a difficult task that is. And I’m not talking about crisis of faith, about those “What is God’s plan? or “Why my child?” or “Will my prayers ever be answered?” type of problems. I’m talking about including special needs children in faith practices and in houses of worship.Whether the child is high-functioning, moderate, or severely autistic, whether he can talk or not, if he h … [Read more...]

A Muslim Changes His Mind About Halloween

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This is a guest post from Hesham Hassaballa, who will soon be joining the Patheos family as a columnist.My entire life has been an evolution of belief, opinion and thought. A big part of that has been my religious interpretation. My committment to my Islamic faith has never waivered. Indeed, I did have a crisis of faith during my university years, but my devotion to the Lord has never weakened. But, I have changed considerably over the past decade.   In 2002, I penned a piece for Beliefnet … [Read more...]

Three Questions for American Muslims: Sheila Musaji

Sheila Musaji

The Muslim Portal at Patheos  is hosting the “Three Questions” project for the month of September in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the terrorist acts of 9/11.  We are asking American Muslims from across the nation three simple but important questions. Click here to learn more about the project.Sheila Musaji, founder and director of The Amerian Muslim, offers her answers to the three questions:1. What is the most pressing issue or concern for you as a Muslim in America today, 1 … [Read more...]


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