As a white, American-born, new Muslim the hostile social pressure that’s constantly pelting me like rocks should be breaking me right now. Yet, the exhausting and ultimately, inspiring experience of my first Ramadan is acting as a shield, despite the challenges. People keep asking me why, at the height of…Read More
Dear Salma, I have a question regarding interracial/intercultural marriages. I am an American born revert to Islam, and I have had suitors who are Arab–one whom I unexpectedly fell in love with. Unfortunately, when he asked his father for the family’s blessing, his father advised against our marriage, saying the…Read More
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Part of me wants to apologize for the relative melodrama of this title. I concede, of course, that my own experiences pale in comparison to the racially-based oppression John Howard Griffin recorded in his famous account of segregation in the American South.