This post was originally published on this site

This post was originally published on this siteThis world is a coin. It has two faces. Both joined together but both different; often the opposite of one another. I am speaking about social media, the coin which on one side has convenience, communication and companionship and on the other, lies, ignorance and hatred. Both made possible by technology which like all technology is value neutral. What we forget is that

This post was originally published on this siteThe American Muslim communities have several distinct ethics problems. Consider these hypotheticals. A professional imam trained in Islamic Studies becomes popular in his local community. The local police arrest him for improper conduct involving a woman in the Masjid. The criminal matter is quietly resolved, but the Masjid fires the imam, who is quickly able to obtain new employment at a nearby Masjid

This post was originally published on this siteThe General Social Survey of 2016 reports that almost 50% of people are often or always exhausted due to work. Many such cases lead to complete physical and emotional burnout. The thing that we need to keep in mind is that Muslims are not immune to mental or physical exhaustion. In fact, with increasing pressures of Islamophobia, discrimination, and tension due to current

This post was originally published on this siteA sacred text begins carefully. Powerfully. Precisely. As it should — because the opening lines introduce a spiritual tradition. Just how much is revealed in the opening lines of Torah, New Testament and Quran — even to the casual reader? Let’s see! Beginning of Torah: Sacred Text of Judaism In the beginning of God’s creating the heavens and the earth – when the

This post was originally published on this site“Our mission is to create jobs for Palestinian women”, Cayley Pater, Assistant Director of Child’s Cup Full (CCF), puts it simply for me during our interview about their non-profit social enterprise. CCF was founded in 2008 by Dr. Janette Habashi, Associate Professor in educational psychology at the University of Oklahoma. The project started out as a student-led initiative which raised funds to support

This post was originally published on this siteOutside Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros stadium, milling amongst the blue and orange fans, Ghulam Kehar waits for Dayana Halawo and her family with tickets and a T-shirt to wear as she throws the ceremonial first pitch. He is the CEO and co-founder of Amaanah Refugee Services, which works with resettled refugees in Texas – the top state in the nation to

This post was originally published on this siteBy Wendy Díaz In the popular book turned movie, The Hunger Games, set in a post-apocalyptic world, the Capitol of Panem (bread in Latin), rules over thirteen nation-states referred to as districts. After one district attempts to ignite a rebellion against the Capitol, the ruling government obliterates it completely and establishes an annual ritual of carnage as a punishment and reminder. In these

This post was originally published on this siteSukkot is a great time for interfaith outreach. Twelve students are taking my graduate course on “Ritual and Sacred Ceremony” at the Vancouver School of Theology. They represent nine distinct religious traditions. Our family has invited the whole class to visit our sukkah. Students will enjoy the best of Jewish ritual: home based, food filled, seasonally attuned. seasonally focused. But those are just an extra

This post was originally published on this siteSome brothers and sisters have asked me to comment on a practice that is increasingly reported of travelling Muslim scholars and teachers of Islam in the West, and those who travel to the West as teachers and preachers. This is the practice of contracting secret marriages in the places these scholars visit or pass through. The first thing to be said is that

This post was originally published on this siteOn April 13, 1919, the 9th Gurkhas, 54th Sikhs & 59th Sind Rifles, on the orders of Col. Dyer, fired on an unarmed, peaceful crowd gathered to celebrate Besakhi at the Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar. As a result, 1000 people died and perhaps three times that number were injured. Even though, the crowd was overwhelmingly Sikh, one of the platoons firing on them