October 24, 2018

Yesterday the two former presidents received explosive devices in mail. So did the chair of the Democratic National Party, the CNN headquarter, and many other leaders of the Democratic Party. Thank God, no one was hurt. Is this a sign of our nation being deeply divided by hate, along the party lines like never before? Is this attack consistent with Christian values, assuming of course they were sent by right wing extremist/s to prominent Democrats and left leaning news channel…. Read more

October 19, 2018

Though we tend to think of him as the one who “founded” a new religion consisting of rituals and acts of worship, the fact is that he brought forth a social revolution in the span of 23 years. The issues he discussed were unheard of in all of Arabia and possibly in the entire world at the time. More than just a set of religious commandments, he emphasized social, racial and gender equality and human rights. Following is a small… Read more

October 19, 2018

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October 13, 2018

Was Jesus a Jew or a Christian or a Muslim? If he was a Jew, how do you reconcile that the “founder” of Christianity was a Jew? Muslims believe he was a “Muslim”, but not in the way “Muslims” are traditionally viewed. As you strain your eyebrows over this claim, let me explain why. Whereas many Muslim scholars would agree he was a Jew ethnically and he was considered a Jew based on his religious affiliation to the temple and… Read more

October 10, 2018

Last year I published a post on 3 myths about Hijab. One myth I neglected to mention was the long-held belief even among some Muslims that Hijabi women are uneducated, backward and/or oppressed. Here is an example of one truly remarkable, myth-busting Hijabi woman astrophysicist. But let me first go over the 3 myths I covered on my prior post briefly. Myth#1 Hijab is a dress code only. Hijab is commonly thought of a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf and… Read more

October 7, 2018

The country has been sharply divided after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation by Senate, hailed as a victim of left wing conspiracy by the Republicans and the president, and as a right wing extension of the GOP agenda by the Democrats. I had mentioned on my post last week that FBI investigation aside, the verdict for me was in after his testimony. Here are the 6 lessons learned from this whole process. 1. Accusation of sexual assault needs to meet the standards… Read more

October 5, 2018

Charitable giving is among the important religious practices we have in common. Attending Sukkah ceremony at my neighborhood synagogue last week during the festival of Sukkot was another reminder of how much we have in common- the reading of the Torah, the prayers, the mannerism during the service, circumambulating the sanctuary counter clockwise seven times and much more. I felt completely at home. What does the Sukkah service have to do with the topic here? Probably nothing directly but it… Read more

September 30, 2018

While the FBI investigates the validity of Dr. Christine Blaisey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, I have come to the conclusion regardless of FBI’s eventual findings: He is unfit as a Supreme Court judge. That much was clear after his performance at the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Whether he sexually assaulted Dr. Ford when they were both in high school or not, that’s up to FBI investigators to find out. The investigation should continue to find… Read more

September 28, 2018

If the world’s religions, whether monotheistic, eastern or otherwise, agree on one thing, it is respecting and serving the parents. Sadly in today’s fast-paced world, we see an erosion of the age-old tradition of honoring the parents. Here are 20 reasons (besides a million other) why we should serve our parents. Over the last 25 years or so, there has been a rapid growth of elder care homes and assisted living homes, as the children are unable and/or willing to… Read more

September 24, 2018

Earlier this month, I wrote about forgiveness and how an American mosque is walking the walk. I want to now share this heart-warming video that can serve as an example of Jewish-Muslim harmony and co-existence at a synagogue in India. These Jews and Muslims are leading by example and prove that the Jews-Muslims peace is not just a pipe dream, giving hope to rest of us striving for interfaith peace and harmony. The video titled, “The Muslim gatekeepers of the… Read more

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