Interfaith

Introducing the Abrahamic Family House

Sally Mousa sent me an article last week that really warmed my heart and soul. The title of the article is “UAE vision of interfaith harmony takes shape in Abrahamic House of Fraternity.” Reporting for The National, Arthur MacMillan provides the details. Officially known as the Abrahamic Family House, the complex (pictured above) will be…… Continue reading Introducing the Abrahamic Family House

Politics

Presidential Silence is Complicity

Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota, denounced the recent bomb attack on a mosque in Minnesota as a “terrible, dastardly, cowardly” act of terrorism. The explosion at the Dar Al Farooq mosque in Bloomington was caused by an improvised explosive device as congregants began to gather for prayers. The FBI has taken the lead on the…… Continue reading Presidential Silence is Complicity

Politics

Alexandre Bissonnette: Another White Supremacist Terrorist Described as a “Lone Wolf”

“Lone wolf.” “College student.” “White man.” “Shooter.” “Far-right.” “Suspect.” These words have been deployed to describe Alexandre Bissonnette (pictured), who recently killed six Muslims inside a mosque in Quebec. His social media activities show that he trolled refugees, supported Trump and other far-right nationalists, and fancied himself as a Christian crusader. One word in particular…… Continue reading Alexandre Bissonnette: Another White Supremacist Terrorist Described as a “Lone Wolf”

Politics · Travels

Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?

News of the beautiful and awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, or “Holy Wisdom,” turning into an active mosque is a tricky situation for political and cultural reasons, as Religion News Services reports (via Huffington Post). Christians and other minorities may see the Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque as a challenge to Turkey’s secular-republican origin, whereas Muslims…… Continue reading Turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a church, or both?

Pictures

Anwar Al Madina Mosque in Dublin, Ireland

Outreach

Outreach: America wins in the Murfreesboro mosque

I want to take a quick moment to express how happy I am that the Murfreesboro, Tennessee Muslim community emerged victorious in their tireless battle against anti-American forces.  Here is the background to their story for those who are unfamiliar with their struggle: The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has been part of the Murfreesboro community…… Continue reading Outreach: America wins in the Murfreesboro mosque

Commentary

Commentary: Time for Obama to say something about mosque attacks across U.S.

The arsonist attack at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo adds to the growing concern that the constitutional right to worship freely is not safeguarded when it comes American Muslims. In the summer of 2012, 8 mosques were attacked in just eleven days (Salon.com).  In Joplin, Missouri, a mosque was destroyed by an arsonist; the same…… Continue reading Commentary: Time for Obama to say something about mosque attacks across U.S.

Fieldwork · Pictures

Picture/Fieldwork: The Pitt

Outreach

How you can help the Muslims of Joplin, Missouri rebuild their mosque

The picture you see above is what remains of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri that was burned to the ground on the day after the Sikh Temple shooting.  The Joplin community has just launched a website and Facebook page to help realize their dream of replacing their mosque and moving forward with their lives. You can…… Continue reading How you can help the Muslims of Joplin, Missouri rebuild their mosque

Politics

Al Aqsa Imam Arrested by Israeli Army During Ramadan

On Thursday, 26th July, Israeli occupation forces arrested at dawn, Imam of al-Aqsa mosque after they broke into the mosque, closed its gates and forced the worshipers to leave. Sources in Jerusalem said that worshipers were at the mosque for al-Fajer prayer and suddenly the Israeli police broke into the mosque, arrested the mosque’s Imam and…… Continue reading Al Aqsa Imam Arrested by Israeli Army During Ramadan

Film-work

Fieldwork: The beautiful call to prayer

As part of Journey into America – September 2008 at the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  I was lucky enough to film right up there.

Religion

The “free” in Murfreesboro bugs me

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Muslims are hoping to celebrate Ramadan in the much-anticipated opening of their Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM). While it seems they will be able to do so, a most unfortunate story is lurking in the shadow.  A group of non-Muslims who filed suit seeking a restraining order to end the Centre’s construction has…… Continue reading The “free” in Murfreesboro bugs me

Film-work

Beautiful mosque in Istanbul

It’s a true shame I can’t remember its name, but like most mosques in Istanbul, this one was beautiful.  The best part of the visit was the complete silence (though that really doesn’t come across in this video).  Strangely, you will also notice the banging going on in the background.  I feel like it’s well…… Continue reading Beautiful mosque in Istanbul