Popping the Marks

1.29.15

The University of North Carolina's Silent Sam Statue Represents a Legacy of White Supremacy

The presence of a statue of a Confederate soldier on the UNC campus is an attack upon those who make this place their home and workplace.

10.7.14

Killing the Ones You Love for the Love of God

Like Abraham, my father believed he was ordered by God to put a knife to his son’s throat.

4.10.14

Ultimate Warrior, Rest in Peace

The WWE wrestler's spirit will live on, forever.

2.25.14

The WWE Killed Wrestling with the WWE Network

The names of the guys in the ring will matter less and less.

2.5.14

What the WWE Can Learn from Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl Ad

You don’t have to actually like or respect your customers, but you have to pretend.

7.18.13

The Prophet Muhammad Vs. John Cena

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...

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7.10.13

Ramadan for the Unsure

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...

4.16.13

Editing Homophobia out of the “Islamic Tradition”

Slave rape, marital rape, and plural marriage might be unpleasant to consider as part of Islamic sexuality, but they are deeply embedded in our established sources. But I do not believe that Islamic tradition is frozen in stone. Every translation is an...

3.19.13

Michael Muhammad Knight vs. Hamza Yusuf

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...

3.12.13

The Problem with White Converts

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.

3.7.13

I Tripped with Allah and Wrote a Book About It

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...

2.26.13

Remembering Master Fard Muhammad

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...

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