Culture

Ramy Gaslights the Black Muslim Community

The end of May was defined by the ongoing saga of COVID-19 as well as the brewing civil unrest from the death of George Floyd. As a Black American physician working on the front lines of the emergency room, this combination of calamities took its toll on my emotions. Naturally,…

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Ramadan 2020: Prayers of, by, and for the People

Shahrullah-al-Moazzam. Shehrullah. Share-ullah. Share Allah.  “Shehrullah” literally translates to “the month of Allah” in Arabic. Or is it in Persian? In a mix of the two? To be honest with you, I couldn’t really care less which exact language it is; or rather, I am out of energy to find…

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Non-Muslim Biographies of the Prophet Strengthened My Faith

I was distrustful of people who are not Muslim writing biographers of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): How can someone understand the messenger without believing in the message? Or the unseen and the miracles? Is not mocking and defaming Muhammad a usual trope of Christian polemicists since the early days of Islam?…

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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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