| Nov 5, 2011
| 9:07 PM
One of my happiest and most vivid childhood memories was waking up, in the heart of Cairo, to the loud recitation of "takbeerat," or chants, coming from every direction twice a year.
I can relive it all in an instant when I close my eyes.
| Nov 7, 2011
| 3:47 PM
Hundreds of local Muslims gathered to pray and feast Sunday as part of the religious holiday “Eid Al-Adha” at the Maple Park Community Center.
Muslims around the world celebrate the day that marks the end of many a pilgrimage, or “Hajj,...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 1:33 PM
An estimated 2.5 million pilgrims have descended on the city of Mecca for the Islamic Hajj, said to be the largest annual gathering of people in the world.
Every fit and able Muslim is obliged by their faith to make the journey at least once in their...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 7:17 AM
A group of Muslim leaders says the N.Y.P.D.'s practice of infiltrating the Muslim community with undercover cops and keeping civilians under surveillance is unfair, and to protest they plan to boycott the mayor's annual Interfaith Breakfast.
| Jul 31, 2011
A Quiet Revolution
The Veil's Resurgence From the Middle East to America
Yale University Press: 352 pp., $30
When I was 13, one of my classmates came to school one morning wearing a beige head scarf. This was in the 1980s, in Morocco....
| Aug 21, 2009
On behalf of the American people including Muslim communities in all fifty states I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.
Ramadan is the month in which Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to the...
| Jul 14, 2007
AFTER FOUR YEARS of war, most Americans still remain sheltered from the day-to-day realities of the occupation of Iraq, especially its effects on Iraqis. With reporter Laila Al-Arian, I spent the last few months interviewing 50 combat veterans, and in...
| Mar 4, 2008
If this were Lebanon, Raef Hajjali would have returned from Saudi Arabia to a mini-parade of family and friends, a nice long rest and new social standing in the community.
Relatives and neighbors would have slaughtered a sheep in celebration and...
| Dec 17, 2007
The students stared at the overhead screen and read the words in unison:
Labbaik. Allah humma labbaik.
The Southern California Muslims repeated those words -- "Here I am, Lord. I am here to serve you" -- as they donned pilgrims' robes last week in the...
| Dec 19, 2007
It's a solitary journey conducted among the multitudes, a personal communication with God alongside millions loudly having the same conversation.
"I imagine it to be an ocean of people but still somehow a lonely place," said Hasan Badday just hours...
| May 24, 2008
Life, as Kierkegaard pointed out, can only be understood retrospectively, but we must live it prospectively.
It's a disjunctive paradox, as true for the lives of nations as it is for those of individuals. Steve Coll's stunningly researched and grippingly...