Muslim generosity in Ramadan is more than a feel-good story
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(RNS) — A Muslim mob surrounded the Gurdwara Janam Asthan, marking the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhi.
Evangelism and religious supremacy
(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
(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
(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
(RNS) — This November, Sikhs around the world are celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of their founder-prophet, Guru Nanak.