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On the surface, I stick out at Masjid (mosque) Omar Ibn Sayyid like a snowflake on coal in the predominately African-American congregation, but that’s where the differences end.     A man, whose name unfortunately escapes me now, walked up […]

I debated writing this post, which is why it’s so late in the day, but I have to get it off my chest. Sometimes these posts are just ways for me to work things out in my head, a way […]

Statesman. Terrorist. Noble. Blood-thirsty. Warrior. Warlord. Pedophile. Ideal husband. Monster. Exemplar. Prophet. False prophet. Messenger of God. Harbinger of doom. Epileptic. Visionary. Illiterate. Gentile. I’ve heard all of these attributes and more for the man history calls, Muhammad. Like most […]

Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar in which Muslims honor the fourth pillar of Islam: The Fast. The month of Ramadan begins at the first siting of the new moon for the month and ends on Eid ul-Fitr, […]

Anytime folks combine money with religion, everyone in the room gets a little nervous. There’s always that social pressure–especially in environments where an offering plate is passed around. I was never a fan of the offering plate or the demands […]

If there’s one thing my Muslim brothers and sisters have down, it’s prayer. For most greenhorn converts (or reverts, as Muslims call them), the only aspect of Islam more intimidating than the Arabic terms and phrases is the method of […]

Two “firsts” happened on September 11th, 2001 as my college roommate and I watched those planes crash into the Twin Towers: I actually wanted to kill another human being. I met the religion of Islam. I was still a fire-and-brimstone Christian […]

When I was a kid I hardly ever believed my parents. “Andrew, don’t touch. It’s hot!” I touched it anyway and was burned. “Eat too much pizza and you’ll have a stomach ache.” I did it anyway and it turned […]