Oct 7, 2014
The central historical figure in both Eid al-Adha and the hajj is Abraham. The Qur'an does not name the son marked for sacrifice, but Muslim interpretive tradition has favored Ishmael, rather than Isaac, the intended sacrifice in the biblical version.
Apr 10, 2014
The spirit of his passion and intensity will live on forever, in and outside of the wrestling ring.
Feb 25, 2014
The names of the guys in the ring will matter less and less.
Feb 5, 2014
You don't have to actually like or respect your customers, but you have to pretend.
Jul 18, 2013
Early biographical literature on Muhammad includes an episode in which he takes on the strongest wrestler of his tribe, a man named Rukana. The wrestler promises that he will become Muslim if Muhammad can throw him. They wrestle, and Muhammad throws Rukan…
Jul 10, 2013
Now it's Ramadan, the month during which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset for 30 days and celebrate the revelation of the Qur'an. There are times when I can get into the mystery of god, yes. But I don't always place stock in the idea that my Qur'an provid…
Mar 19, 2013
Over the past few weeks, I've had to spend a lot of time thinking about Hamza Yusuf. In a recent academic article, Mahdi Tourage places Hamza Yusuf and myself at opposite ends on the spectrum of white male converts: Yusuf represented the shining white sup…
Mar 12, 2013
You'd think that two white guys embracing Buddhism and Islam in the age of colonialism could have become champions of antiracism. But no. They treated their new religions like other white men treat entire nations: they marched in and claimed to own it.
Mar 7, 2013
Ayahuasca drinkers report experiencing the divine in female form. They choose to interpret this in different ways, depending on their backgrounds. As a Muslim, I decided that I would drink with the intention of having a visionary encounter with Fatima, da…
Feb 26, 2013
February 26 is Saviors' Day, the birthday of the founder of the Nation of Islam. Master Fard Muhammad will probably never get his due for his contribution, but the biggest challenge to fully appreciating him may be that he so effectively escaped history…
Feb 6, 2013
If heterosexuality is natural, as Lord Jamar seems to suggests, and Jamar is himself resolutely heterosexual, then seeing Kanye West in a kilt shouldn't make him want to give blow jobs. Or does it?
Feb 5, 2013
In the Lifetime Original Movie 'Betty & Coretta,' they present cardboard versions of what I like to call "Early Malcolm" and "Real Malcolm." But Early Malcolm and Real Malcolm are not real. They are both fabrications that serve to oversimplify a complex h…