Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

First of all, a very happy Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem) to the Muslim ummah! Ramadan is a very special time, one of contemplation, community, charity, celebration and, most of all, faith. It’s a time of sacrifice and solidarity, peace and perseverance; a time to ask forgiveness for one’s sins. In honor of the start of Ramadan, … More Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World

Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014

 2013 proved to be yet another turbulent and dramatic year for the nations of the Middle East. Protesters have continued to keep the area volatile; the Syrian Civil War has continued to shed blood and uproot its citizens and it appears, reflecting back on my past years’ resolutions for the Middle East, that none of … More Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014

Middle Eastern Beauty Pageants Part One: National

The controversy over the bikini segment of the 2013 Miss World pageant, taking place this September in Indonesia, made me question: do beauty pageants exist in the Muslim world? The idea of a beauty pageant seems to contrast 100% with the as-interpreted-through-social-custom Islam that is the norm in most Middle Eastern countries (heck, it even … More Middle Eastern Beauty Pageants Part One: National

In the Tale of ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ neither Party is Innocent

If the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH, as they say) was alive today, I feel that even he might be disgusted by the shame that has happened “in his honor” this past week. Even if the violent quotes that are attributed to him are true. Angry protests in Yemen where vehicles were burned and the US Embassy … More In the Tale of ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ neither Party is Innocent

Seriousness in Syria

The situation in Syria has no doubt escalated beyond what anyone  imagined: it’s been nearly a year since the rioting began, and yet the al-Assad Regime is still in place. What makes the situation even stranger is that no one is stepping in to help. When the situation in Libya got ugly-i.e., Gaddafi refused to … More Seriousness in Syria