This post was originally published on this siteSee the Story Index for Wael Abdelgawad’s other stories. Previous chapters of this story: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 *** February 5, 2010Merced, California “Wow.” Dalya stared at me, seemingly at a loss for words. I saw a turbulent concoction of emotions in her gaze: attraction, fear, and maybe a wish that I would turn around and walk away. “It’s been a long

This post was originally published on this siteWhen the Lotus Sutra arrived in Boston in 1844 the few people who could read it were intrigued by its parables that reminded them of the Bible. For these westerners, the Lotus was like a gateway into a mysterious and profound culture from across the world. But it took a long time to get there, from India to China, Japan, and beyond, and the

This post was originally published on this siteI believe in Islam. Not just as a way, but as the way. Not just as an interpretation of the truth, but as the truth. That doesn’t make me hateful or intolerant. That just makes me Muslim. I also believe that others should be afforded the same right to discover and practice what they believe to be true. Allah said in the Quran

This post was originally published on this siteDear Paul, Your willingness to listen and share your thoughts with us means a lot, not just to me, but to hundreds of concerned activists involved in the #WeAreAllRohingyaNow campaign. We would like to know if you have read the recent UN flash report regarding crimes committed by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya and what you thought about that? We welcome Unilever’s

This post was originally published on this siteA few months ago, shortly after it had become certain who was going to be the next American president, my husband sighed, “Well, there goes the doctorate.” Even though we’re Canadian citizens, Hums’ PhD dreams have long lurked around the small streets and big name institutions of Boston’s academic hub. “No, no, of course you can still go for it! Don’t be silly!”

This post was originally published on this siteLaurel Thatcher Ulrich’s new book A House Full of Females retells the story of early Mormonism through the eyes of early Mormon women and other lesser-known figures. The Pulitzer Prize winning historian says women’s voices often “trouble the old stories” many Latter-day Saints are familiar with today. But believing it is worth the trouble, she writes: “Adding women to the narrative allows us to see the courage,

This post was originally published on this siteBy Umm Aasiya I’ll never forget the morning I found out that my husband was having an emotional affair with one of my close friends. They were sharing intimate thoughts, desires, and feelings of love with each other. I paced back and forth in the living room where the memories we made were now broken. My first reaction was to ask him. He

This post was originally published on this siteSee the Story Index for Wael Abdelgawad’s other stories. Previous chapters of this story: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 *** February 5, 2010Fresno, California The Anwars had three children. Dalya, the eldest, was a dentist. She lived in the Bay Area, from what I heard. Mina, the middle child, was a health and safety inspector for IBM, and had moved to New York. Neither of the

This post was originally published on this siteAmerican Muslims are scared and rightfully so. Many are worried about what the future might hold with Trump’s presidency and the increase in public expressions of Islamophobia being spewed right and left. While fear is a valid emotion and is necessary in waking us up out of complacency, it can also lead to negative consequences. As we read throughout the Quran, all communities

This post was originally published on this siteSo I’ve learned a few things over the last couple of days. First, I want to apologize to those hurt by how I addressed the topic of slavery in Islam. I should listen to my wife more.  She always tells me that I talk about things too much like a scholar and not enough like a normal person. Topics like slavery are felt