While no one can deny the stark differences that exist between the traditions, I would like to put greater focus on the similarities. We spend enough time differentiating ourselves from others, which only leads to factions.
Halba, Lebanon -Here, in the northern Lebanese district of Akkar, Catholic-Maronite, Sunni, Greek-Orthodox and Alawi villages are scattered all over t...
She's a ball of fire, constantly moving, talking, acting, fighting for journalists' rights, documenting events on tough assignments, traveling, traini...
For me, having been to Egypt nearly 20 times and to Bali over a dozen, they are the perfect Yin/Yang complement to each other -- the masculine and feminine sides of spirituality.
United States embassies in the Middle East are now open. It is back to business as usual. The terror alert that shut them down has dissipated. Now ...
It dawned on me that period piece attire worn in popular Arabic TV serials resembles the elaborate and beautiful brocade designs I used to see in the ...
Honestly, Islamic and national holidays have become more important for me when I became a mother. In our multicultural community in the U.S., my children enjoy many other holidays. I thought, "Why shouldn't I make something special for them for our own holidays?"
For those celebrating the Eid ul-Fitr holiday, Eid Mubarak. May your day be blessed and full of joy. For those not celebrating, may your day be blessed moreso. It doesn't have to be a holiday to feel uplifted. We don't need always need reasons to be happy, as we usually do to be sad.
The essence of Ramadan is to become humble, simple and free from ill-will, anger, meanness and hate. Let's fill our hearts with goodwill and honor Ramadan by saying "Eid Mubarak" or Happy Eid to everyone who celebrates on a different day in the same town.
Today is Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. As with Lent in Christianity and Yom Kippur in Judaism, this fasting creates space for reflection, humility and compassion. Current events in many Muslim countries give cause for all three.
Four different women I met during Ramadan asked me to pray for them and to ask others as well. In these last hours of Ramadan, I would ask that you all join me and keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well.
As Islam's holy month (during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset) comes to a close, some young Muslim professionals have found an unexpected silver lining in missing water cooler breaks, office birthday cake, and the perennial coffee run with coworkers.
Interfaith is about having a deep awareness that faith or religion is an essential part of our lives, and that we must learn, respect, and understand other people's faiths.
In a few days Ramadan will be over. It'll be tougher to fast, but you should still fast. It will be harder to eat and pray together with friends, but you still should. It will be more difficult to give to those in need, but your giving should never stop.
Too much has been invested in the surveillance program, over too many years, to disavow it now and dismantle it. We must keep on protesting, but we may be stuck with Big Brother forever.
In Islam, you have to fast with meaningful intentions. Without any intentions, fasting is simply suffering from hunger. Fasting creates a state of mind that can be achieved through true effort. It can be the evolution of personal understanding and brings personal revival.