Category Archives: Religion & faith

Thoughts of Love

Four year old Jamilah Mazloom (my friend’s lovely daughter) at Ja’afari Islamic Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Photo: MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson. ‎”…concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war … Continue reading

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Church, debated

From Ann Widdecombe and Stephen Fry lock horns over the motion ‘The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world’. This is not a debate I know much about…. but I do really like the art work in the … Continue reading

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Ramadan Mubarak

Happy Ramadan!  Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting. People fast from sun up to sun down and its a time of spiritual reflection, prayer, and charity. Personally, ramadan has meant a lot to me ever since I lived in Minnesota, … Continue reading

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African LGBTQ human rights advocacy

We read much about the persecution of homosexuals (and perceived homosexuals) in Africa (notably, here and here).  As we should.  At the same time, let’s also pay attention to the excellent advocacy work on GLBTQ human rights on the continent. … Continue reading

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30 Mosques

Lately, I’ve been trying to learn everything I can about the diverse, vibrant and utterly inspiring Muslim communities in the USA. So I’ve been re-reading the archives of 30mosques, a blog documenting a roadtrip stopping at 30 (or so) major … Continue reading

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Arcade Fire

Lots here: Music.  Canada.  Internet.  Haiti.  Orwell.  Indie.  U2.  Suburbs.  Mormons. Also: “When we first played ‘Wake Up’” – their most anthemic song – “we were the first band of three in a shitty club somewhere and it was like … Continue reading

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Eid Mubarak!

Happy Eid al-Adha. Muslims celebrate the end of the hajj to mark the festival of sacrifice. Pictures of Eid celebrations around the world from

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