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Professors grapple with how to address Trump presidency in classroom - Columbia Daily Spectator. Religion professor Hussein Rashid, who teaches a class on Muslims in diaspora, explained how the effects of Trump’s presidency on Muslim communities could have ripple effects that would present challenges to the entire country. “My job as a professor is to get students to think about the implications of all of these issues,” Rashid said. “If we talk about, say, a Muslim registry, it’s not just about Muslims in America, but what it means for American society, because these things don’t happen in a vacuum.” Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Hussein Rashid
Why it’s absurd that a Muslim leader’s presence at the Washington National Cathedral is controversial - The Washington Post. The adhan, or call to prayer, is an important aspect of Muslim devotional life. It can be prayerful, but it is not part of a formal prayer. To suggest that Magid is praying, presumably for the success of Trump, is mistaken. When Magid calls out “I bear witness that there is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God,” there is no benediction for anyone. There is only the praise of the divine. By framing it simply as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Hussein Rashid
Professors grapple with how to address Trump presidency in classroom - Columbia Daily Spectator. Religion professor Hussein Rashid, who teaches a class on Muslims in diaspora, explained how the effects of Trump’s presidency on Muslim communities could have ripple effects that would present challenges to the entire country. “My job... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at islamicate
Why it’s absurd that a Muslim leader’s presence at the Washington National Cathedral is controversial - The Washington Post. The adhan, or call to prayer, is an important aspect of Muslim devotional life. It can be prayerful, but it is not part of a formal prayer. To suggest that Magid... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at islamicate
Letter 4 | Values and Voices. Muslims have been part of this country since its founding. Since nearly a third of all slaves were Muslim, this country literally was built on the backs of Muslims. We have remained important contributors to American history, serving to defend our nation and contributing culturally to what it means to be American. Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Qur’an sits in the Library of Congress as a testament to how important Muslim thought was to the founding of this country. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Hussein Rashid
Letter 4 | Values and Voices. Muslims have been part of this country since its founding. Since nearly a third of all slaves were Muslim, this country literally was built on the backs of Muslims. We have remained important contributors to American history, serving to defend our nation and contributing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at islamicate
I fast in the spirit of our beautiful religious tradition, and to ask for God's grace upon us during these coming years. I fast to increase my patience and gratitude in difficult times. I fast as a demonstration of solidarity with all those who seek peace and justice. And I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inauguration Fast
I fast because people I know and people I’ve never met are now at risk of losing their basic needs, their homes, their families, their rights, and their lives. I fast because so much that is precious to me is now under attack: American democracy and freedoms, truth, human decency... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inauguration Fast
I fast because I seek community, not division. Faith, not cynicism. Courage, not fear. Inner strength, not outer riches. Though it is not Ramadan and I am not Muslim, I fast in solidarity with my fellow Americans who are Muslim, and with Muslims around the world. I fast to gather... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inauguration Fast
Inspired by Ancient Practice, Rabbi Leads Interfaith Inauguration Day Fast - News – Forward.com. Visotzky and his friend and colleague Hussein Rashid, a professor and activist, see the fast and the marches they will participate in the next day as first steps on a long road of action. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Hussein Rashid
Inspired by Ancient Practice, Rabbi Leads Interfaith Inauguration Day Fast - News – Forward.com. Visotzky and his friend and colleague Hussein Rashid, a professor and activist, see the fast and the marches they will participate in the next day as first steps on a long road of action. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Hussein Rashid
Inspired by Ancient Practice, Rabbi Leads Interfaith Inauguration Day Fast - News – Forward.com. Visotzky and his friend and colleague Hussein Rashid, a professor and activist, see the fast and the marches they will participate in the next day as first steps on a long road of action. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at islamicate
I am fasting to mark this moment as a time of national calamity, to stand with communities targeted by the new administration’s threatened policies, and to draw strength from religious practice for the hard work ahead. Rabbi Amy Eilberg Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inauguration Fast
I fast because my God, and the powerful prophets of my tradition, call out to me to do so. I fast to mark a change in the world around me, and my response to it I fast because I want to embody the emptiness and despair of my spirit as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inauguration Fast
There comes a moment where an idea so deeply speaks to who we are as a people that we must act. The Inauguration Fast is an act of clarity in a moment of crisis; a moment in which we must act. Imam Husayn (AS) was murdered on the plains of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inauguration Fast
I fast because those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, according to Rabbi Yeshua (aka Jesus) says we are blessed. I fast because Isaiah describes a fast in which the hungry are fed and the naked are clothed. This is the fast that God desires and when we do this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inauguration Fast
I fast because it is an appropriate and traditional response to times of danger and threat. I fast because this inauguration brings to power a person who has threatened and encouraged: Moslems, with expulsion. All citizens with the threat of losing their health insurance. Hillary Clinton with imprisonment. False and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inauguration Fast
Fasting to call my own and others’ attention to our entry into a new and different and difficult time when we will all be required to be attentive, committed exemplars of moral courage. Ruth W. Messinger Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inauguration Fast
I fast to mark this day of national tragedy. I fast to make common cause with all those who understand that the body and its appetites must express what the mind and spirit believe. I fast in solidarity with all those throughout history who have used this strategy as a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inauguration Fast
I fast because I hunger for solidarity at a time of division I fast because I thirst for kindness when there is mean-spirited trolling I fast because I yearn for community in response to a fracture of our polity I fast because I prepare my soul for the difficult times... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Inauguration Fast
On Nov. 6, 2016, the Sunday before Election Day, I was asked to preach at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Below is the audio of the sermon. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at islamicate
On Nov. 6, 2016, the Sunday before Election Day, I was asked to preach at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. Below is the audio of the sermon. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Hussein Rashid
Secret Wars: | Mizan. Muhammad and his family are the original heroes for Muslims, and their virtuous behavior is being represented through the American art form of the comic, by artists from India. This approach seemed like a way to look at the transnational nature of Muslim identities, while still taking national particularities into account. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Hussein Rashid
Secret Wars: | Mizan. Muhammad and his family are the original heroes for Muslims, and their virtuous behavior is being represented through the American art form of the comic, by artists from India. This approach seemed like a way to look at the transnational nature of Muslim identities, while still... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at islamicate
The Power of Names – Sacred Matters Magazine. In many popular media reports, the default often seems to be Sunni Islam. It is unclear why this has become the baseline for what Islam is. Some academics have suggested, going back to the origins of the discipline of Religion, that Sunni Islam most closely resembled Protestant Christianity, which was constructed as the truest of religious groupings. As a result, structures that mirrored Protestant Christianity were elevated to true expressions of those traditions. Perhaps it has to do with the tyranny of the majority, so that by virtue of being the most... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Hussein Rashid