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The day after the Orlando shooting, my friend Wajahat Ali addressed a crowd of mostly professional, fairly religious Muslim Americans in Houston. Here is a transcript of his remarks, a call to action for the Muslim community. Reprinted with his […]

This is a guest post by Aamer H. Jamali. You’d think I’d know better by now. I’m not new at this, after all, having observed Ramadan for the past thirty years. And yet every year I fall into the same […]

The tragedy in Orlando is a harsh return to reality from the fantasy escape of the Muhammad Ali funeral. CAIR Florida launched a donation page at LaunchGood for the victims’ families: Muslim scholars have expressed sorrow and condemnation – Omar […]

This is a guest post by Taher Suratwala. I’ve read and learned some things and that have had me thinking about what I want to focus on this year. I’m having a hard time finding a single word to describe […]

To listen, click the image above or here. By Shahed Amanullah – set to the music of the old favorite “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

As of 8:03 PM on June 4th, 2016, by the Fatimi Hijri Calendar – it is sunset on 29th Shaban 1437, so therefore Ramadan has begun. Mubarak!

As Ramadan approaches, few Muslims will genuinely welcome it. The vast majority of practicing Muslims view Ramadan’s impending arrival solely through the lens of fasting, and the logistics thereof. What will I eat for suhur? How will I stay awake […]

Last time I posted this, I was visiting Los Angeles in July, and Ramadan was still ahead. I styled myself the Sheikh in the North 🙂 However, now I’ve moved to Los Angeles, perhaps better known as the Kings’ Landing. […]

No, of course not. 🙂 Still, this photo is pretty funny: (via @iyad_elbaghdadi on Twitter) All joking aside, Islamophobia is almost a defining trait of Trump supporters. The best way to identify a Trump supporter is to ask, “Is Obama […]

I’m going to throw out some quick half-formed ideas in response to this article by Sufi Synik (via the indomitable Samar Kaukab): Half of the Muslims want me to shut up and take every single hadith (without considering its historical […]