On January 27th an old woman named Concepion Picciotto died in Washington, D.C. Most people probably do not recognize her name, but if you ever visited the White House in the last 3 decades you probably saw her camped outside on Pennsylvania Avenue, even if you don’t remember. About two weeks ago I went to … More Waiting for PeaceDoes Peace Have a Time Limit?
#PrayForParis. Almost instantaneously, the hashtag spread through social media, reposted far and wide as the tragedy that unfolded around Paris last Friday night quickly gripped the world. I was sitting at work when I found out about the attacks via-what else?-Facebook. My walk to the subway took me past the French Consulate on Fifth Avenue, … More Why We Need to #PrayForParis, and the World, Too
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
America seems to be run by a faith in dollar signs and a “me-me-me” culture. As I recently mentioned in my post on Eid al-Fitr, what were previously Christian religious holidays have turned into mere caricatures where piety, holiness and gratitude seem far from everyone’s minds. However, in light of some recent articles I have … More Secularism’s out in America; but Islam not Included
Egypt rocketed onto the international scene this year with their “successful” coup d’etat back during the January 25 revolution. The world was riveted by the fact that Egypt had largely managed to overthrow ol’ Hosni Mubarak without bloodshed. But, there was bloodshed. Now, Egypt is constantly in the news again, but this time, the violence … More You’ve got My Attention, Egypt
Is there truly “no fun in Islam?” Is it truly a live without sin and die kind of religion, as the infamous (and certainly depressed) Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran once famously stated? Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly paper, might agree with Khomeini and say that yes, there is no fun in Islam, after the recent … More There is No Fun in Islam? Charlie Hebdo learns the Hard Way
In the Arabic language, words with similar meanings are formed by the same root consonants. The words ‘Islam’ and ‘Salam’ both have the same 3 consonants: S-L-M. These 3 letters mean “peace” in Arabic. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of peace in the world today. A lot of people, including radical Islamists, do not believe in … More Salam alaykoum