In refusing to acknowledge our country's horrendous history regarding race and the current disparities existing between different races now, the phrase #AllLivesMatter becomes akin to saying "#WhiteLivesMatterMore."
There is no better candidate than Muhammad, no one in fact that comes even close, in terms of fulfilling Jesus's promise of the Spirit of Truth who would bring forth a new revelation from God.
I missed the experience of the sacred. I missed the sense of communicating with a higher power. I missed the experience of the divine, the thing larger and greater than we are.
For years, I have said my struggle is not knowing what I believe about homosexuality and Christianity. But that's a lie. My struggle has been more about my own fear of being kicked out of fellowship in the Bible Belt for being willing to defend gay people.
"Once I go back to America, I'm going to officially change my last name. Just imagine me working in a clinic and someone telling my patient, 'Ms. Mohammad will see you in a moment.'"
When I stand up to find a restroom I say to my wife, "Okay, honey, if I'm not out in five minutes, come look for me." We always laugh but, actually, it's not that funny. The "joke" plays on the fact that I'm a gender non-conforming person, and bathrooms are not safe spaces for me. Sometimes gallows humor is all you have.
How do you respond to the death of your son and your father in a hate crime? How do you find meaning in personal loss?...
Like many people suspended thousands of feet in the air, often my first act after getting comfortable in my seat on a plane is to utter a brief prayer, asking God for protection on my journey. This prayer happens to be in Arabic
Whilst more and more Muslims are experiencing the ravages of climate change first hand, more Muslims and governments are in turn starting to join the fight against climate change.
In the midst of a sexist and even misogynist conservatism that calls itself "Christian," and a secular left that too often discounts the value of faith in the public sphere, we desperately need women faith leaders.
Several months ago, I felt the power of the thousands-year-old Passover story as palpably as I ever have, when I travelled to Cambodia. My sense of what it means for a people to go from slavery to freedom deepened when I spent time listening to the modern-day narratives of Cambodians who live in the shadow of a genocide that claimed 2 million lives.
You speak about me in the third person: "We must respond with unconditional love to people like you." People like me. I am less than you. I am someone to invite to coffee so you can tell me all the ways that I am wrong.
Ok, so, in fact, you have 30 people coming to dinner, your house is a wreck, you're worrying that you're going to get something wrong, and in short you're completely stressing out. Here are seven hacks I hope will help.
Muslim American women should not be treated like pesticides when we are the essential nutrients needed for America to blossom. I am not the first Muslim-American woman who was asked to remove my hijab, but I pray that I am the last.
As much as our family talks about my brother, Will, who died four years ago from a drug overdose, it dawned on me that I have never asked my parents simple questions, like "what's the hardest thing about losing a child?"
In the end, the story does more than show us how powerful societies -- whether ancient or modern - try to keep a grip on their dominance. While Acts 16 describes a steady stream of self-preservation that issues from the villains in Philippi, the story's main point is to celebrate a divine victory.
America has become a culture of extremes. We see it in our politics, in our pop culture, and in our religions. In our society, the loudest, most extreme voices are the ones given the platform; they are the ones heard. But that doesn't have to be the case.
My mother taught more by example than by words. I absorbed the example and only now I search for the words. I remember and honor her for the special way that she embodied and taught three values that matter deeply to me.