When Islam Is Not a Religion

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Embracing my daughter’s superpower

“Mommy, am I autistic?” It was a question I hadn’t expected as I drove with my then-13-year-old daughter on our way to a doctor’s appointment.  We’d never hidden it, but my husband and I did not want to label her at an early age with any kind of diagnosis. We…

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An Accidental Activist (an excerpt from Our Muslim Neighbors)

Arriving in 1970, Victor (Ghalib) Beggsuccessfully built a chain of thriving furniture stores. Using his entrepreneurial skills, he co-founded an ethnically diverse mosque and influential community organizations in Metro-Detroit. Along the way, he discovered that America’s greatest promise lies in building healthy communities with our neighbors.The American Dream is alive and…

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Doing Hajj every day

We are on a bus in stop-and-go traffic that makes my stomach turn – we are saved from crashing into a suddenly-merging car by some miracle every three-and-a-half minutes or so. We have packed lightly. We do not have movies to watch and our cell phone internet is spotty –…

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Muslim Microlessons: God’s majesty and my nothingness

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  How do you react when someone is given more than you?  A reality difficult for…

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Muslim Microlessons: Faith and Love in the Heart

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  The contours and struggles of Iman (faith) and the contours and struggles of love find…

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MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Three Legacies

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  We are taught that after you die, there are three things that will continue to…

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MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Du’a and Yearning

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  We know that actions are judged by intentions. We often, however, confuse intentions with yearnings….

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