This post was originally published on this siteYour Rosh Hashanah ritual riddle: how are sweet fruit crumble and the liturgy of Unetaneh Tokef alike? I’m asking for a friend. For two academic friends, really. Lawrence Hoffman and Catherine Bell, who write about ritual. Lawrence Hoffman says that rituals structure time. Without rituals, life would be a series of moments. Mostly flat, but with some confusing fluctuations. Some ups, some downs,

This post was originally published on this siteSee the Story Index for Wael Abdelgawad’s other stories. Zaid Karim Private Investigator is a full length novel. Previous chapters: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14 | Chapter 15 The front

This post was originally published on this siteBy Ismail Royer Last year, Christian conservatives were outraged when Wikileaks released documents revealing that a foundation linked to billionaire George Soros had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in what the foundation described as a “long-term project of shifting the priorities of the US Catholic church” toward progressive causes and away from socially conservative positions. “It’s exciting to see this long-term process

This post was originally published on this siteTransitioning out of college can be challenging for many when it comes to finding a role in the community. After leaving college, MSA becomes a idea of the past, the overarching structure vanishes, and people are left without a roadmap to rejoin the community. No clear path exists for those seeking to be involved, and many alumni are introduced to the idea that

This post was originally published on this siteArakan Rohingya Union Narrative Report to OIC on the Situation in Northern Arakan/Rakhine State, Myanmar By Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General, Arakan Rohingya Union On July 31, 2017, three members of a Rohingya family were reportedly murdered by a Buddhist Rakhine militia group while they were working on their family farm in Rathedaung township in Northern Arakan/Rakhine state. As a result, tension between Rohingya

This post was originally published on this siteOne day Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) left the home of his wife, Juwayreyyah bint Al-Hareth (may Allah be pleased by her), to go for salatul-Fajr, the dawn Prayer, while she was worshipping Allah in her designated prayer area at home. After several hours, during the time of Duha, in the forenoon, the Prophet (ﷺ) returned home and saw his wife Juwayreah remembering Allah in

This post was originally published on this siteSee the Story Index for Wael Abdelgawad’s other stories. Zaid Karim Private Investigator is a full length novel. Previous chapters: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14 Tuesday, February 8, 2010 –

This post was originally published on this siteWhen speaking about Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa the third holiest sight in Islam, many Muslims are familiar with the hadith of the Prophet as reported by Bukhari and Muslim وَعَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ اَلْخُدْرِيِّ ‏- رضى الله عنه ‏- قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ ‏- صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏-: { لَا تُشَدُّ اَلرِّحَالُ إِلَّا إِلَى ثَلَاثَةِ مَسَاجِدَ: اَلْمَسْجِدِ اَلْحَرَامِ, وَمَسْجِدِي هَذَا, وَالْمَسْجِدِ اَلْأَقْصَى } مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

This post was originally published on this siteJudaism has a “master story” that shapes our political narrative. It is, of course, the Exodus. One famous version goes like this: A few of us found security in a foreign land. We became many. We were oppressed. We cried out to God. God saved us, bringing us to a land flowing with milk and honey (paraphrase, Deut. 26:5-10, Parshat Ki Tavo ). This is

This post was originally published on this site1.They have their own struggles Allah did not create all human beings the same. He says, “And He is the one who made you successors of the earth and raised some of you in ranks over others, so that He may test you in what He has given you…”(6:165). Just as we all have different trials in what Allah gave us, so do