Religious Dispatches – Notes and Reflections on MLK 2013

The following is the audio from today’s interfaith service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at LaSalle University:

وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا مُوسَىٰ بِآيَاتِنَا وَسُلْطَانٍ مُبِينٍ


“We sent Moses with Our Signs and clear authority.” Qur’an, 11: 96.

I had to pleasure to speak alongside Dr. Robin L. Smith, author of the upcoming book, Hungry: The Truth About Being Full; Youssef Kromah, a.k.a., Seff al-Afriqi; and Reverend Todd Johnson, pastor of First Immanuel Baptist Church. My thanks to Michael Smith, from the Communications department at La Salle University and the rest of the LaSalle staff.

Religious Dispatches – A Journey Through Islamic History – A Book Review

It certainly pays to have small independent book stores where you can develop a relationship with the proprietors. The Penn Book Center is one such gem, one of the few independent book stores still open in Philadelphia (since 1962). They have helped me find and located great books over the last seven years, bringing this or that title to my attention. David, one of the workers there, set aside this title for me in hopes I would find it of value and I do. It’s A Journey Through Islamic History, A Timeline of Key Events, by Yasminah Hashim and Muhammad Beg. Some of the details are in the video below. I highly recommend it for its conciseness, style and craftsmanship.

Religious Dispatches – Post Retreat Thoughts

It was my supreme pleasure to have attended the 2012 Ella Collins Winter Retreat. I was honored to have shared a stage with the likes of Imam Suhaib Webb, Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, Ustadh Abdur Rahman Murphy, Shaykh Wisam Sharieff, Chaplain Omer Bajwa, Mo Sabri, Chaplain Khalid Latif, Sister Ibtihaj Muhammad, Brother Hamza Abdullah and so many others. I was also honored to have met all the wonderful folks who attended. You input and questions showed your deep commitment to Islam and this Ummah. Since returning I have received a number of Tweets and emails about, “what do we do now?” It is natural after experiencing something so elating that when one comes back home, it can often leave a feeling of isolation, boredom and even depression. So my response is mainly to keep in touch! Not just with myself, or the imams, but perhaps even more importantly, with each other. Maintain your friendships. Show care and concern for one another even if you are separated by hundreds or thousands of miles. I know this is easier said than done but, God willing, we’re up to the challenge. I pray we all can meet again in 2013 (Mayan FAIL!).