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On the death of Muamar Qadhafi: A Muslim Speaks

This post speaks for itself…I thank my friend, Ali Asadullah, for sharing his thoughts on the death of Muamar Qadhafi. Ali’s love for, knowledge of, and commitment to Islam speaks clearly through the following piece, which he has allowed me to share with you. Enjoy. To my Muslim & non-Muslim friends alike, I want to say … Continue reading

Faith, Fasting, Football: The story of the Fordson High School football team

Skokie is a suburb north of Chicago that is known for having a large Jewish population. But on this September 11th evening, I hopped in my car and headed to a movie theatre in Skokie – one of only three in Chicago – that is playing a movie about a Muslim community. The movie was … Continue reading

From Christian, to Muslim…to Rastafarian

A curious story…the son of a Pentecostal preacher sues the government and wins. It appears that a prospective employer required him to cut his hair – something that did not agree with the Rastafarian faith that he began practicing after his journey took him from Christianity to Islam to Rastafarianism.  Read the story in the Roanoke … Continue reading

The 9/11 Decade: Small Leaps of Faith

  As the tenth anniversary of 9/11/2001 approaches, there are many stories emerging about attempts to encourage understanding between people of different faith communities. I enjoyed reading this New York Times article about this phenomenon. The more we can understand each other and the ways we worship, the better for us all, I think.  Read … Continue reading

Ezili Danto and Nation of Islam Bring Purified Water to Thousands in Haiti

My first real exposure to Islam was when I visited the Nation of Islam’s Savior’s Day celebration. The perspective that some have about whether the Nation represents “true Islam” is reflected in the following excerpt from my book: When I was discussing my project with a friend of mine, Aneesah, that had been raised Muslim, … Continue reading

How strong are your beliefs? Do they inspire you to fight for victory while not compromising what you believe?

Watch this inspiring story about an all girls basketball team at W.D. Mohammad High School, a Muslim school for girls in Georgia. They went from 0-20 to 21-1 in two years under the coaching of Fard Abdur-Rahman. He coaches in the memory of his sister, who was killed by her boyfriend 8 years ago, after … Continue reading

Fasting For Ramadan bonds Catholic, Muslim Friends

#25 of the 52 Things that I learned from 52 Weeks of worship states: “It is quite ok to believe one thing, and stand shoulder to shoulder with people who believe something else.” Two women, Jordan Pahl, and Dahlia Bazzaz have learned this lesson, apparently. Their story of friendship and inter-faith sharing and understanding was … Continue reading

Four commenters of different faiths share their thoughts on, and experiences of, fasting

It’s been a few years since I went on a fast – for spiritual, or health reasons, but being the daughter of an alternative medicine proponent and holistic health practitioner (my mother), I have been inspired to do, or directed to do many fasts over my adult life – from water fasts, to juice fasts, to … Continue reading

Belief vs Action: Do Christians need a Ramadan?

In my continued research to learn about the holy days of different worship traditions,  I found this article where a Christian author considers the lessons that he thinks Ramadan offers to non-Muslims. In the spirit of interfaith learning and understanding, and in honor of the beginning of Ramadan, I am posting the whole thing. Comments and perspectives welcome … Continue reading

To lead Ramadan prayers, mosques seek special voices

Somehow, hearing holy words sung or chanted is always a beautiful experience for me. In the first 52 weeks of my project, one of the things that I really enjoyed when I visited mosques was listening the call to prayer. Somehow the singing and chanting of the words of worship impacted me every time. This … Continue reading