This post was originally published on this siteOffering as a form of worship. Take a look at Leviticus. God offers some weird instructions for worship! Like a precise system of offerings. Specifically, butchering and cooking. Such rituals seem out of place in our modern urban society. Nor were they relevant to the earliest human beings who, Torah says, were vegetarian. Offering at the Mishkan: Moses’ Great Idea The rituals, it seems, were designed

This post was originally published on this siteThe Golden Calf. How exactly did Aaron make it? Our medieval commentators liked precision. This is their kind of question. So, I’ll rely on their help to answer it. How did Aaron make the golden calf? The Torah gives us two accounts. First, the narrator’s account. Aaron took from their hands and formed it with the cheret, making it into a cast

This post was originally published on this siteBy Sakeena Rashid We are 13 days removed from one of the deadliest school shootings in America’s history. On February 14th, in Parkland, FL shortly after 2 pm, Nikolas Cruz was dropped off by an Uber to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—a school he’d previously attended and been expelled from. Carrying an AR-15 rifle, Cruz entered the building and allegedly began firing. By

This post was originally published on this siteCat language. Slowly, I am learning it. How a Cat Asks for Help Today, it happened again. As I was out walking on a quiet urban side street. An unfamiliar cat shot out of some bushes. She meowed loudly. Rubbed against me. Purred. Rolled on the ground. Leapt up. Then directed a subtle glance at the nearest front walk. So, I started up the path. And she

This post was originally published on this siteSeeking justice is a tricky objective, yet it is commanded by Allah as a necessary practice.. We will explore how the idea of seeking justice is embodied in our fitra (instinct) and deen (religion). I will define this through larger than life figures that gave up their lives for this cause; their religions are different but their causes overlapped regularly. Malcolm X and

This post was originally published on this siteViolence in Esther. It’s easy to miss. The Book of Esther is such a feel-good story! Such a great political thriller!  So great, it may even be fiction. A fast-moving, 10-chapter historical novella of royal intrigue. The Jewish empress saves her people. Then, she and her uncle rise to great political power. Together, they govern well. But plenty of feel-bad threads weave their way in, too. Chapter 2

This post was originally published on this siteBy Brandon Estes I begin with the name of The Most Merciful, Most Loving, Allah, Creator of all that exists I must, must, must address this topic that I have encountered all too often lately. I see it online and addressed to me personally. It is when our sweet intention-ed non-Muslim brothers and sisters in humanity come to us with speeches trying to

This post was originally published on this siteDear Sisters and Brothers, My father died recently. And when I wasn’t nursing my irreparably broken heart or praying for his everlasting happiness in the gardens of Paradise, I was taking mental notes on what helped me cope and what didn’t. Mostly because I like observing social behavior and I love analyzing myself (memoirist in the making alert!) and also because it was

This post was originally published on this siteBy Menahal Begawala When I became a therapist I had a vision of helping people get through hard times, communicate better with their families, and develop perspective when they felt stuck. I’ve been honored with the privilege of being allowed a glimpse into the lives of my clients with this goal in mind. My greatest privilege (and challenge) so far has been to

This post was originally published on this siteBy Arthur Richards   When I think of America, one word comes beaming at me like a star on the spangled banner: “Jihad.” As is always the case when this word is used, the uneducated (or those who wish to fill the world with hate) immediately think of a Holy War; a war against American values. However, the jihad I speak of here