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President Obama’s Ramadan greetings were drafted by Muslims in his administration, so they are not perhaps as useful for comparison to President Trump. So instead, without much comment, I am reproducing President George W. Bush’s first Ramadan greeting, issued just a few months after the attacks of 9-11, with that of President Trump. President George…

As of 7:57 PM on 5/25/2017, by the Fatimi Hijri Calendar – it is sunset on 29th Shaban 1437, so therefore Ramadan has begun. Mubarak! Alhamdulillah, It’s Ramadan! (Audio by Shahed Amanullah)

Ramadan is nigh! The first fast is upon us – the one act of piety most associated with Ramadan. The spiritual and spiritual benefits of fasting get the most attention, but there is a third aspect that isn’t discussed as often: the cognitive benefits. A great article from Christianity Today generalizes the question to self-control:…

My friend Haroon writes, in despair: I think there is a Muslim world, there is meant to be an ummah, and that means we belong to each other. Not politically, but in a deeper, more profound sense. Which means we are responsible for each other. And we will, especially where the ummah is made up…

As Ramadan approaches, I think the pull of the mosque becomes stronger. This is natural and expected and hardly evidence of any kind of hypocrisy on our part, as Muslims – we are human, and the entire point of Ramadan is to re-center our awareness for a brief time on Deen. Even if that re-centering…

Islam and Judaism are very orthopraxic* religions – Muslims and Jews are commanded to DO a lot of things. Eating, praying, fasting, observing – and all the nuances of Shari’a and Halakha – the everyday actions of a Jew or Muslim are heavily influenced by the concepot of correct conduct, laden with religious meaning and…

via Lucky – this is not good: Attention all passengers Text of the announcement: Following instructions from the concerned US departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight is strictly prohibited. Cellular phones and medical devices needed…

I have long argued that there is an inherent tension between the ideals of the Enlightenment and spirituality. This ruling from the European Court of Justice (the EU equivalent of the US Supreme Court) is a case study for that tension: Companies may ban staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under…

this is a thoughtful video of an interview with Lindsay Lohan being asked directly by British morning show hosts about her intentions towards Islam. Lohan is understandably reticent to be completely open about the status of what she calls a “process” – let her speak for herself: Lohan freely discusses reading the Qur’an, wearing a…

Presented without comment for now, though I will have more to say on this later. WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters. The program,…

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