Mental Health

Several days ago, while researching mental health awareness amongst various faith groups, the numbers of Americans—54 million—have some form of mentally illness.[1] What I noted and highlighted in my research—in some cultures and communities—specifically among minorities—mental illness remains a subject of taboo and misunderstanding. According to Dr. Donna Holland Barnes, a research associate and professor […]

Traditional Thinking

As believers, we must look to God’s diversity in all things, and we must accept that this diversity of God’s creation is boundless. As human beings, we are not required to accept the limitations of generation-after-generation thinking–it quickly binds our hands and smothers our free will. We live in a time when traditional (taqlidi) thinking dominates […]

Statement: Orlando Shooting

Violence is not dependent upon a person’s race, ethnicity, place of origin, but one can be negatively influenced by cultural beliefs pinned to cultural religious views. First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims at the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. As we learn more about the […]

Importance of Activism

In 2004, shortly after I had submitted an amicus brief in support of the Canadian civil marriage law in response to the Canadian ICNA and ISNA organizations’ support for an anti-gay marriage law, if my memory serves me correctly, a gay man had been attacked and killed around the same time. I had a conversation […]