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...
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...
Are U.S. Dollars Supporting Concentration Camps?

Are U.S. Dollars Supporting Concentration Camps?

In the summer of 1988, I was the subject of great racial curiosity. I was in the middle of the most land locked city on earth. The capital of Xinjiang, Urumqi, holds a population of over one million people. My impression then was that none of those one million people...
‘Our Muslim Neighbors’

‘Our Muslim Neighbors’

I recently had an interfaith engagement with Victor Begg, a Muslim interfaith advocate, at a restaurant attached to a local, municipal airport. When it came time for evening prayer, Victor and his family sought a quiet place to pray. I recommended they walk next door...