Articles By: saulat

One Foot in Each of Two Worlds, and a Pen at Home in Both

One Foot in Each of Two Worlds, and a Pen at Home in Both

By Isma’il Kushkush SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates — WHEN Leila Aboulela arrived at the international book fair here recently, the conference room was packed to capacity with dozens of eager listeners. After she finished reading a passage from her award-winning novel, “Lyrics Alley,” the torrent of questions — some in English, others in Arabic —

An Inside View of Arab Photography

An Inside View of Arab Photography

By James Estrin Samer Mohdad was a 10-year-old boy living in the mountain village of his Druse ancestors when Lebanon’s civil war broke out in 1975. His life changed overnight: His childhood playmates were now his sworn enemies. The traumatic experience of the war, which lasted until 1990, stayed with him and, Mr. Mohdad believes, eventually

Female Scholarship in Islam

By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi “O Mankind! Fear your Lord who has created you from a single soul, and from it He created its mate; and from them both, He brought forth multitudes of men and women. Be mindful of God through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and revere the wombs that bore you.

IslAmerica: The Trials of Islamic Converts in The United States

IslAmerica: The Trials of Islamic Converts in The United States

By Michele Moses Though Will Caldwell was born, raised and college educated in Georgia, he is uncomfortable praying there. He has felt that way since a clear summer evening in 2007 at a nondescript gas station off a nondescript interstate somewhere between Savannah and Macon. He was on his way home to Saint Simons Island

Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why ‘People Care’ About His Muslim Faith

Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why ‘People Care’ About His Muslim Faith

By NPR Staff Representative Keith Ellison became the first Muslim to be elected to Congress in 2006, and the first person of color elected to represent Minnesota in the national legislature. Along the way he’s confronted questions about his faith, patriotism, and even some unpaid parking tickets that nearly derailed his first campaign. He talks

Medina Charter of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Pluralism

By Sean William White The Medina Charter serves as an example of finding resolution in a dispute where peace and pluralism were achieved not through military successes or ulterior motives but rather through respect, acceptance, and denunciation of war —aspects that reflect some of the basic tenets of the religion Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon

How Do We Know God Exists?

How Do We Know God Exists?

Dr. Jamal Badawi Even on a very fundamental level we find that throughout history there is a very strange phenomenon that people of different backgrounds, living in so many different parts of the world at different points in time, have always had this strong urge within themselves to look and to yearn for the Creator.

‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

By Alexandra Hartmann The minaret of the Jara Mosque in Gabes towers over its surroundings. Formed of golden brick, it jolts up from the flat, sand-colored cityscape around it, all the better to broadcast the call to prayer across the coastal city. But what’s most noticeable about the minaret is not its height or architecture,

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

By NPR Staff Toga parties and keg stands have become stereotypes of college fraternities. But Ali Mahmoud had something else in mind when he founded Alpha Lambda Mu, the first social Muslim fraternity in the country. “I realized that there was this void for Muslims on campus,” says Mahmoud, a junior at the University of

Original Sin

Original Sin

By Dr. Laurence Brown The concept of original sin is completely foreign to Judaism and Eastern Christianity, having achieved acceptance in only the Western Church. Furthermore, Christian and Islamic concepts of sin are virtual opposites with respect to certain nuances. For example, there is no concept of “sinning in the mind” in Islam; to a