April 3, 2021

“So peace (Salam) is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)”! And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah (Christ), Isa (Jesus) son of Marium (Mary), the messenger of Allah (God); and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure. Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise. Read more

March 14, 2021

This may come as a surprise to some, but Islam recognizes the Biblical Prophets. In fact according to the teachings of the Qur’an, Biblical Prophets were all Prophets of Islam. Read more

March 7, 2021

Pope Francis made a historic visit to Iraq this weekend. It was the first ever by a pope to the country, amid rising concerns for Covid-19 and safety. He also met with Ayatollah Sistani-considered one of the top religious leaders of Shia Muslims around the world. This was a great example of Christian-Muslim dialogue, an aspect that was almost completely ignored by mainstream America media. Pope Francis has always been a proponent of building peace and harmony between people of… Read more

February 27, 2021

Imam Ali’s letter to the governor of Egypt in 658 CE serves as an example for all government leaders regardless of their faith, covering wide-ranging topics such as how to treat people, especially the poor citizens, how to choose his staff, who to appoint as judges, how to select his advisors, how to select the chief justice and other members of the judiciary, distribution of revenues, appointment of clerics, having conferences with people (aka town hall meetings), entering into peace… Read more

January 20, 2021

President Biden’s inauguration called for healing of a nation. He laid down his priorities, including fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, you have to be concerned about how deeply divided we have become as a nation. This threat to the “one nation under God”, is more dangerous than the dangers posed by the once-in-a-lifetime pandemic caused by Covid-19. Make no mistake, the pandemic that has victimized nearly 25 million Americans and taken the… Read more

November 15, 2020

How many times we see a piece of news or information on social media that turns out to be totally false or baseless? How often do we feel compelled to share it on our social media platform without confirming it first? Are we not responsible for spreading fake news? With the fact-checking in vogue nowadays, the Qur’an called for it some 1400 years ago, as mentioned below. Be truthful. How many times have you forwarded a facebook or Whatsapp message… Read more

November 8, 2020

‘Make America Great Again’ served Donald Trump well during the 2016 presidential election. However, based on how things shaped up after he took the office, America was anything but great. My plea to the president-elect Joe Biden is simple: Just make America, America again. As an immigrant Muslim, I  arrived in America some 35 years ago with the same aspirations of everyone who has made America home. It is a land of opportunity. You can achieve your dreams if you… Read more

September 7, 2020

Did you fast this past Ashura- on the 10th of Muharram, or in the past years? Were you thinking about fasting on Ashura? If so, this article will be of great interest to you. I must admit that this may be my most “controversial” blogpost, but one that needs your full attention for the reasons mentioned below. As you probably know, my style is not one to confront or cause controversy. My focus during interfaith and intra-faith dialogue has been… Read more

August 29, 2020

Muslims around the world are commemorating the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain and rest of the family of Prophet Muhammad and his companions in the year 61 Hijra (680 CE). The memory remains strong even after about 1400 years. Every year it feels like it just happened. How do we keep the memory of Karbala alive? How do we best pay tribute to him and his family, and small group of helpers? The best way is indeed to follow the… Read more

August 21, 2020

Once again I see “Happy New Year” , or “Happy New (Hijri) Year” greetings all over the social media with the moon sighting for Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar and the start of the Islamic Hijri year.  But is the Islamic New Year a cause for celebration or a solemn reminder of an immense tragedy that befell the noble family of Prophet Muhammad in Karbala, and the lessons we learned from their sacrifice? The Friday sermons and… Read more

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