Articles of Faith

Muslim generosity in Ramadan is more than a feel-good story

By Simran Jeet Singh — May 22, 2020

(RNS) — Stories of Muslims helping people during the pandemic imply that their generosity is anomalous. In fact, it’s part of the foundation of Islam.

What I learned from the coronavirus

By Simran Jeet Singh — May 20, 2020

(RNS) — When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit New York City, I wanted to leave town quickly. Why risk being infected?

The false choice presented to Sikh doctors serving COVID patients

By Simran Jeet Singh — May 13, 2020

(RNS) — The news that two Sikh brothers shaved their beards to serve patients is not the feel-good story that some suggest.

How Islamophobia changed politics for Muslim America

By Simran Jeet Singh — April 23, 2020

(RNS) — Nazita Lajevardi’s new book, ‘Outsiders at Home,’ takes stock of the political toll two decades of Islamophobia has had on American Muslims.

Fighting anxiety and isolation the Sikh way: service

By Simran Jeet Singh — April 15, 2020

(RNS) — Hundreds of Sikh communities are risking their lives to serve those affected by COVID-19, based on their tradition of seva.

Afghanistan can’t protect its Sikhs from terror. It’s time for America to step up.

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 27, 2020

(RNS) — How do we make sense of violent extremists who come into our sacred spaces with hate in their hearts? And how do we keep ourselves from being victims of their anger?

Let’s take enforced social distancing for what it is: A life intervention

By Simran Jeet Singh — March 20, 2020

(RNS) — If you asked me a week ago how my life aligned with my priorities, I would have responded with a small shrug, saying that I tried to keep these things aligned and felt like I was doing a pretty good job.

Why I joined Elizabeth Warren’s interfaith advisory council

By Simran Jeet Singh — February 27, 2020

(RNS) — My involvement began, ironically, with my decision not to publicly flame the senator online for the initial composition of her council, as others did, noting in particular the lack of Muslims or Catholics.

Expanded travel ban gives world’s democracies more cover for anti-Muslim measures

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 28, 2020

(RNS) — Trump’s Muslim ban is part of an alarming trend of ostensibly democratic nation-states targeting Muslims.

Mandeep Rai’s book on business collects the spiritual wisdom of 101 countries

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 23, 2020

(RNS) — As banker, broadcast journalist and now a consultant to business startups, Mandeep Rai found universal values that synced with her Sikh faith.

Behind the tensions between Muslims and Sikhs in Punjab

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 3, 2020

(RNS) — A Muslim mob surrounded the Gurdwara Janam Asthan, marking the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhi. 

Evangelism and religious supremacy

By Simran Jeet Singh — December 19, 2019

(RNS) — Historically, the ‘gift’ of salvation has been weaponized time and time again to justify intervention and conquest.

How colonialism still colors our ideas about who gets to teach religion

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 26, 2019

(RNS) — If I were a white scholar, would anyone question the appropriateness of my teaching Buddhism?

Before we can rein in hate crime, we have to admit the size of the problem

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 18, 2019

(RNS) — A system of hate crime reporting that doesn’t include Heather Heyer’s death in Charlottesville or a murder of a Sikh in Tulsa won’t lead to real solutions.

550 years after his birth, a reflection on the life of Guru Nanak

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 8, 2019

(RNS) — This November, Sikhs around the world are celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of their founder-prophet, Guru Nanak.

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