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...
Eid Mubarak: Good Faith Around a Table

Eid Mubarak: Good Faith Around a Table

My wife and I had the honor of breaking a daily fast during Ramadan with Muhammet and Zuleyha Ali Sezer. Muhammet is the executive director and CEO of both the Raindrop Turkish House of Oklahoma and Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma. He and his family graciously invited...
Look Back | How You Can Benefit by Observing Ramadan

Look Back | How You Can Benefit by Observing Ramadan

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Aug. 26, 2009. At the time of publication, Damaj was president of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs and served on the board of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Richmond Habitat for Humanity....

Muslims to Begin Observance of Month of Ramadan

My fondest memory of Ramadan is from my childhood. It happened in the wee hours of the night, an hour or so before the crack of dawn. I slowly became conscious listening to a beautiful recitation of the Quran and smelling the aroma of cooking. My parents didn’t...