Muslims in the House: A History Lesson Born from a Prayer in Congress

Muslim History Detective’s log, 08/7/13 TALIB SHAREEF, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and imam of Washington, DC’s Masjid Muhammad, eloquently delivered the opening prayer during last Wednesday’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives. What a refreshing sight to behold during the final few days of the blessed month of Ramadan. At one point, [Read More…]

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

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

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

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

 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

 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

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…]


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