The most influential works of art are those that connect people on a personal level. An artistic expression with powerful social or political symbolism can unite us by resonating with the thoughts, ideas, and emotions of our society.
In honor of this religious holiday, we pay homage to five historic mosques from around the country.
Black lives don't matter. But they do in Islam. Since the founding of Islam, Black lives mattered. My faith informs my role and commitment to standing up against injustice and to work towards creating a world where Black life is valued as equally as any life.
To my Muslim family, you know Ramadan starts on June 18 this year. Many in the West believe it's a month when we abstain from food and drink during daytime. That's true. But in reality, Ramadan is about abstaining from all carnal desires, not just food. It's a spiritual flight requiring us to follow certain protocols.
Peace is not possible in states with different religions and sects when those tribal identities are used to trigger division. But it is possible when deep bonds are built upon trust, empathy, solidarity, commercial relations and respect.
Yes, all humans hunger and get sick. But why does God not intervene and save hungry kids from dying? The Quran answers this question elegantly.
Somewhere, the sun is setting and a circle of old Arab men are huddled behind a minaret, lighting their first cigarettes -- and hoping their daughters won't see. Somewhere, a cabbie is arguing with a fare. He remembers the holy month, pulls away, and thanks God for the miracle of air conditioning.
It's time to remember that someone's color of skin, religion, ethnic background, gender, age, status and traditional or religious attire are not to be used as weapons to oppress or persecute our innate human rights and responsibilities.
In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and apostasy from Islam.
Fasting is a great test of your mental fortitude and willpower. How much are you willing to sacrifice for your own betterment, and how much are you willing to invest into yourself? I believe this to be the crux of Ramadan and the hardest part to grasp.
Ramadan in Cair...
Each year, throughout the Muslim world, believers participate in the month-long Ramadan fast. Here in Kabul, where I'm a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, our household awakens at 2:15 a.m. to prepare a simple meal before the fast begins at about 3:00 a.m.
Remember, your religious beliefs are not you. They are simply part of the medium you were cultured in when you were raised.
This is a time to remember and reflect on our responsibilities to care for the Earth which, by God's grace, provides us with nourishment throughout our lives -- which is especially important to keep in mind while we spend a month abstaining daily from food and drink.
They had no tangible means to move it so one came up with the idea of saying a prayer to God by a sincere deed that they had respectively carried out at some time prior for Him.
As far as apps go -- it's less than an app. It's merely a thrown-together version of a feed aggregator with very limited content and no useful Google or social integration. I know from my own strategy work that with a little effort it's possible to build good looking and useful apps that are actually useful.