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Umrah Diary: Crossing into Jerusalem, Looking Muslim

What possessed my husband and me to take two of our three kids on a 24-hour trip into wartime Israel on Christmas Eve, when we are a visibly Muslim family, one of whom is a 16-year-old male? The story begins long before Oct. 7.

Beyond Zero-Sum: Let’s Work Together Toward Unity

“Zero-sum” describes a situation or game in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other: winner takes all. Our culture thrives on it. Take sports. Rooted in zero-sum attitudes, sports epitomize much else in our culture: politics, our judicial system, business and, of course, war.

Poll: Most Religious Americans Believe There Are Only Two Genders

A Public Religion Research Institute survey of 5,438 Americans shows an increase over the past two years in the belief that there are only two gender identities — man and woman — among several religious groups.

Ask a Muslim: Is Nikah the Same Thing as a Marriage?

Nikah is a religious ceremony required by Islamic canonical law to unite a Muslim man and woman in holy matrimony.

Ask a Muslim: What Is Misunderstood about Your Faith?

What is most often misunderstood about your faith? Due to misinformation and stereotypes the list of misunderstood things is long. Here are some of the major misconceptions about Islam.

An Annual Ritual Clashes During Ramadan at Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem

I start my column with the headlines from the past three years about the clashes between the Israeli forces and the Palestinians at the holy mosque of Masjid Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims. 

Ask A Muslim: Gifts for Eid

A coworker who is Muslim gave me a gift for Christmas. I would like to reciprocate during one of their holidays. Is there a certain holiday or gift that would be most appropriate?

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