When you step into the Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Medina--at the heart of the Islamic world, shoulder to shoulder with people of every ethnicity on earth--the deep subtle brilliant beauty is resounding. Everything is in perfect balance.
How can we expect non-Muslims to believe that Islam is a religion of peace, when Muslim mobs around the world make liars of us all, Muhammad included? Those mobs of angry Muslims are ignorant of his legacy.
My beef with all these so called champions of free speech who feel so strongly about broadcasting their hateful views, yet run for cover when threatened: Why do these people leave innocent Americans to pay the price of their irresponsible acts? Why don't they man up?
It's one thing to fire off the inflammatory rhetoric when it's part of the day-to-day grind of a close election. It's another to shamelessly exploit for political purposes the deaths of Americans who've sacrificed their lives to make the world a better place.
I suspect that people who have made such statements doubting that Islam is a religion often do have knowledge and a real conception of what a religion is and they are able to listen to a discourse if it is respectful.
We ask the people of Pakistan to seriously debatethe blasphemy laws. Islam is about free will and we need to stand against any oppression towards any human being following in the footsteps of the prophet.
The recent events leading up to the arrest of an 11-year-old girl under Pakistan's blasphemy law are unclear. Setting aside any restraints of logic, the angry mob of Muslims in Pakistan seems to have failed at learning the lessons of Ramadan.
Forgiveness clears our mind of the detritus of a million small grudges, lifting the burden and physical and psychic stress of resentment. It has been established: people who forgive easily lead healthier, happier and more spiritually meaningful lives.
When dealing with religious communities, it can be tough at times to grow. Many of us have our own struggles, but we find ourselves being defined not by what it is that we are doing well, but mostly by what it is that we are failing to do.
We often shirk at reminders of death in our daily lives. We race through life as though we are racing down this trail and while we may see the benches, we rush past them, ignoring what is written on the plaques.
Her claims are so bizarre that one struggles to understand whether they are worthy of a response. Yet, hidden beneath lie tangible attacks against the very teachings of Islam, and it is imperative to address these.
You don't need to read Arabic to see the beauty of this writing, or to see why it would quickly be incorporated into so many other artistic forms. The simple elegance of plain black script circling the rim of a white ceramic plate or bowl speaks for itself and is universal.
At a time when efforts to ban sharia law have been tabled in some two dozen states, it would be interesting to know what precisely their sponsors are hoping to prohibit -- because their target has a 1,400-year history that extends deep into the realms of faith.
Safeguarding the honor of Prophet Muhammad is the overarching goal behind such bans. As a Muslim, I believe I am more committed to that goal than these clerics. But my approach follows the "Yes we can" logic.