Mecca and Medina have been expanded over time to accommodate increasing numbers of worshippers. Presently, Saudi Arabia controls both cities, but this is becoming increasingly controversial among Muslims.
Hijab is not a term that is synonymous with the headscarf; it is a term that encompasses much more than an article of clothing.
I'd like to think that as a nation, we've come pretty far. Land of the free, home of those brave enough to admit that things might not be as good as we imagine it to be.
Muslim women are celebrated as courageous when pushing back against legal, social and cultural norms within their faith communities. But, Rose Hamid's recent silent protest at a Trump rally begs the question: aren't Muslim women pushing back against Islamophobia "courageous," too?
A gray zone, according to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), is a place where Muslims have rejected an "us-versus-them" world of belief and unbelief that puts the caliphate in the right and the "crusader coalition" in the wrong.
There is no doubt that the current moment is one of exceptional crisis for the world generally, and for the Muslim world in particular. But this moment of crisis is also one of opportunity.
In the wider context of where our political discourse is, it is perfectly understandable that Muslim women would leap on an opportunity such as this, even if misconstrued, to vent their frustration.
Five years since the Arab revolutions, Tunisia stands as the lone country to have embarked on a democratic path -- our exceptionalism instilling both a sense of pride and significant concern.
Federal law enforcement policies implemented within the past 15 years demonstrates that such faith-based tracking, ethnic profiling, and declarations of war against Islam did little to prevent attacks.
Most analysts are hesitant to associate terrorism with Christianity, a world religion with the most followers in the world, and prefer to view such violence as a mere marginal features of the Christian world.
To those that spend life fearing and hating others, why waste your life? Those are heavy burdens that achieve nothing except to sap happiness from your soul. And to others, why spend a lifetime collecting "things" that mean nothing when you inevitably go?
Certainty is not an indicator of righteousness. I suspect it is rather the reverse, that the more certain you are that you are right, the more likely you are to be terribly, terribly wrong.
On behalf of all Muslim Americans, I urge you to rise above your unfounded fears and trust in the truth that implores you to accept us as equal citizens of this nation. Look past our hijabs and long beards and see the love we have in our hearts.
While we would maintain our goal of helping persecuted minorities in the Middle East, we decided to open up our doors and invite artists and collaborators from all backgrounds, faiths, and ethnicities to participate in the making of this record.
Muslims are't at risk of anything when they say "I believe in Jesus." However, if someone says "I'm a Christian and I believe in Muhammad as a prophet," people might start to question one's credibility as a self-professed Christian.
We need to maintain diversity in our counter-movement against ISIS. But that diversity should be molded into a unified foundation based on the fact that ISIS is a horrific group of ignorant, violent and inhuman people who need to be stopped.