Originally Posted at Love, Inshallah. I was on a conference call one evening last week when my call waiting beeped at me. It took me a few seconds to recognize the number since I only see that area code a…

“What A Relief” Podcast 56: A Sisterhood For Peace: Muslim And Jewish Women Building Bridges

This week, B.C. & Mordant welcome Amanda Qurashi, a digital media professional and diversity activist and Advisory Board Member for the Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom. In this episode, she talks about her work with this unique national grassroots organization. It was…

Jummah Reflection: Celebrate Renewal

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & Good Friday to you all. <3 There is no better time to fall in love with The Divine than during the springtime! The Qur’an repeatedly tells us that we can know God and derive great…

Jummah Reflection: Atoms and Stars

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I am thinking about the balance we must each strike between standing out in a leadership capacity while still remaining part of the fabric of humanity, and acknowledging how unextraordinary each of…

Jummah Reflection: Just Do It...With Good Intentions

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF I recently complained to a friend that my ritual prayers (salah) feel uninspiring and robotic. Doing them out of obligation almost felt like a betrayal of my faith. He wisely suggested that I look…

Jummah Reflection: Pluralism, Diversity are Hard.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF! This week I’ve been thinking a lot about pluralism. We all love the idea of pluralism… of a beautiful, diverse world where people live in harmony and find ways to overcome differences for the…

Jummah Reflection: It's Not About the Fucking System.

Jummah Mubark, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. I understand why someone might sell all their crap and move to the beach to become a surfer. I’m pretty sure 90% of the human capital being spent right now in our society is…

On the Recent Uptick of Online Hate Toward Muslims

I’ve spent the last week on the internet dealing with increased hate and vitriol toward Muslims. Let me be clear: I am an excellent human being. I work hard at it. (This wasn’t always so!) One of the things that…

Jummah Reflection: Inauguration Day

Jummah Mubara, Shabbat Shalom and TGIF. Yesterday more than 20 Jewish Community Centers across the country had bomb threats called in to them. Yesterday, a “representative” of the people of Texas sent letters to Muslim communities throughout the state, asking…

To Jerusalem and Back: Part III

It’s been more than two years since I first announced that I would be traveling to Jerusalem and touring Israel & Palestine as part of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s MLI program. During this time I’ve gone there twice and written about…