Pandemic Gave Mosque Unique Challenges

Pandemic Gave Mosque Unique Challenges

Preaching is difficult in an empty sanctuary. It’s even more difficult to get used to speaking to a screen and looking into a camera instead of faces. Seminary did not have a class on how to minister in a pandemic. Finding ways to connect to our faith communities...
We All Have Power to Bridge Divisions

We All Have Power to Bridge Divisions

A young Jewish girl timidly walked up to the mosque and asked to speak with the imam. I was dressed in gym clothes and a cap doing yard work around the Islamic center. I guess I did not look the part. “I am the imam,” I said, laughing. She handed me an envelope with...
The American Mosque: Growing and Evolving

The American Mosque: Growing and Evolving

I was born in 1983, raised in the shadow of the Iranian hostage crisis by an Iranian Shia Muslim father and a white Catholic American mother – unique circumstances in the Kansas town of my early childhood. For much of my life, as an adolescent and a young adult, I...
The Azan Is a Call to Both Prayer and Justice

The Azan Is a Call to Both Prayer and Justice

The Azan, the call to prayer, is heard five times a day in the Muslim world. The person calling out faces each direction, north, south, east and west, declaring the supremacy of God Almighty. The story of the Azan still brings chills to my spine, for it began with a...