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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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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) …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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, …Read More

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

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