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My friend Taha Raja just finished Arbaeen, a 53-mile walk on foot from Najaf to Karbala in Iraq, a pilgrimage for remembrance of Imam Husain’s sacrifice for Islam and humanity. Inshallah I will someday soon take part, but in the […]

This is a guest post by Taha M. Raja. Third in a series; See Arbaeen Day 2 for the previous entry. Post 1278. close to the right turn to go to the city center of Kerbala. Resting with a Iranian […]

This is a guest post by Taha M. Raja. Second in a series; See Arbaeen Day 1 for the previous entry. Post 580. It 5:30am and we resumed our walk to Kerbala. Breakfast on the road. Samoon (Iraqi fresh bread) […]

This is a guest post by Taha M. Raja. Post 53. Today I started my journey on Arbaeen, a 53 mile walk from the city of Najaf to Kerbala. An annual event that marks one of the largest human gatherings […]

Traveling to Karachi from the US is not easy. But traveling back is even worse. I returned a couple weeks ago from my trip and have been coping with the usual jet lag and GI/respiratory baggage that comes from an […]

Every year, I travel to attend the Ashara Mubaraka majlis (gathering), with the spiritual leader of my community, the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims. Last year, I went to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the year before was on my home turf of […]

In just a few weeks, it will be Ashara. The faithful who remember Imam Husain tremble in anticipation… (Photo by Alefiyah Shikari – Check out her photojournalism project, Unsung Echoes)

Here is what Linda Sarsour had to say at ISNA about Jihad: In these United States of America, if you sit back idly in the face of injustice, if you maintain the current status quo that not only oppresses Muslims, […]

June 12th, 2017 – 18th Ramadan 1438; Los Angeles, CA

June 4th, 2017 – 10th Ramadan 1438; Los Angeles, CA