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I was with a group of volunteers recently who have been running a night shelter for homeless people over the last eight months. They come from 13 different churches and a local synagogue in central London. As well as Christians and Jews, a significant number of volunteers are also Muslims. Now in its seventh year, […] Read More

My fondest memory of Ramadan is from my childhood. It happened in the wee hours of the night, an hour or so before the crack of dawn. I slowly became conscious listening to a beautiful recitation of the Quran and smelling the aroma of cooking. My parents didn’t have to nudge me. The delightful smell […] Read More

A group of anti-Muslim “crusaders” were stopped last week from carrying out their planned violence against a Somali Muslim community in Kansas. News of this plot in the U.S., where I’m from originally, seemed to me horrifically similar to the 1982 “Sabra and Shatila” massacres that took place in Lebanon where I now live, in […] Read More

Where does it begin – the hatred that wants to hear women and children scream in terror? What kind of narrative makes one willing to cause their suffering? If America is “ever going to get turned around, it will be a bloodbath,” Patrick Eugene Stein is quoted as saying. He is one of three conspirators […] Read More

As our American friends approach Election Day this coming Nov. 8, the rest of us around the world are holding our breaths as we consider the implications of that event on the country’s foreign policies. At a time when the question of Islam and Muslims in America has become so divisive, it would be easy […] Read More

Few U.S. Catholics have positive views of Islam or know a Muslim personally, according to a Georgetown University report. Thirty percent have very or somewhat unfavorable views of Islam, compared to 18 percent with very or somewhat favorable views. Forty-five percent have neither favorable nor unfavorable views. While only three in 10 U.S. Catholics said […] Read More

What pops into the mind of the average American if you ask him or her about Muslims? Is it something like this? “Muslims are terrorists.” “I fear Muslims. They want to take over our country.” “I am very suspicious of all Muslims.” If so, I fully understand. Many media outlets paint an ugly, distorted and […] Read More

The month of Ramadan has begun. “Ramadan” is the name of the current month, the ninth in the Muslim lunar calendar, which has come to symbolize the 29- to 30-day Muslim fast, one of Islam’s five pillars. Social media has been filled with Ramadan-related posts and comments. The posts I have been seeing are for […] Read More

My friend Peter believes that the Quranic portrayal of Jesus stands in complete contradiction with the New Testament witness. He was once called Ahmad, but when he converted to Christianity after consistently watching polemical programs about Islam on satellite television, he became convinced that in order to follow Jesus, he had entirely to deny his […] Read More

“Do you think it’s safe to meet with the Christians? I’m afraid they will hurt you. Please text me as soon as the meeting is done, so I’ll know you’re OK.” These were the words of a junior high-aged Muslim boy when he learned that his Muslim American mother was going to meet with a […] Read More