The Qur’an, Trayvon Martin, the Black Pathology Lie and God’s Awesome Creation

A poster being circulated widely via social media

Muslim History Detective’s log, 07/17/13 Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, is the month when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. In addition to fasting during Ramadan, from sunrise to sunset, Muslims read one thirtieth of the Qur’an each day, so that by the end of Ramadan they [Read More...]

A Muslim in a New York State of Mind—Part 3

New York Times, December 11, 1893

Muslim History Detective’s log, 06/3/13 At 11 A.M. on Sunday, December 10, 1893, the adhan (Muslim call to prayer), heard throughout the world wherever praying Muslims are found, could be heard three stories above New York City’s famed Union Square. This was the same call, which, by the appointment of the Prophet Muhammad, had first [Read More...]

A Muslim in a New York State of Mind—Part 2

New York Times, October 5, 1865

Muslim History Detective’s log, 05/30/13 On October 4, 1865, the anti-slavery, Tunisian Muslim General Otman Hashem arrived in New York via the steamship Persia. The very next day, the New York Times reported his stay in the city to be a one day rest stop before moving on to his intended destination of Washington, DC. [Read More...]

A Muslim in a New York State of Mind—Part 1

"DeWitt Clinton mingling the waters of Lake Erie with the Atlantic"

 Muslim History Detective’s log, 05/28/13 Recently I travelled to New York to give a speech and I have to say, as a Muslim History Detective, I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I am there. Everywhere I turn in the city there are always so many amazing connections to the history of [Read More...]

A Reflection: Love Thy Neighbor

love thy neighbor

 Muslim History Detective’s log, 05/3/13 “History is all around us,” I once wrote, “and we are all historians.” “The creative ways we choose to preserve history can be used as a catalyst for building community across seemingly intractable divides and as a means to help us grow in our own humanity for the betterment of [Read More...]

Muslim Ghosts of the Civil War

Cover of the "Muslims and the Making of America" report

Muslim History Detective’s log, 03/19/13 “As our nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, one group has been wholly overlooked in the modern portrayals of how America ended slavery in the 1860s. Muslims. Wait…. What? Yes, Muslims played historic roles during this critical period (and others) in American history. In the past year, [Read More...]

An American Muslim’s Reflections on the U.S. Capitol, Obama, and Moving Forward Together

The United States Capitol Building

Muslim History Detective’s log, 01/24/13 To witness President Obama give his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Inauguration Day holds a particular significance for me as an American Muslim of African descent. My family—my husband, our two daughters, and me—watched the address on television. We wanted to be in Washington but [Read More...]