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The Vikings and Serkland: A Lesson in the Merits of Presentability

The Vikings referred to the Abbasid Empire as Serkland. There are a few theories regarding the origin of this name, but it likely originated from the Norse term serkr, which meant tunic or gown. The term was mentioned in the Ingvar Runestones, specifically in the Gripsholm Runestone (Sö 179). They were raised to commemorate those […]

Updated: How the Muslims Killed Dracula

Author’s Note 10-10-2014: I wrote “How the Muslims Killed Dracula” in 2010 in hopes of telling the little known story of an unsung hero, Radu cel Frumos the Voivod and warrior of Wallachia who led the battle against the genocidal mania of his own brother, Vlad Ţepeş, known in infamy as Dracula. Since then, the article […]

It Was a Great Day to be a Muslim: How I Found Nourishment for My Soul

  Yesterday. I sigh remembering it. What a blessing yesterday was.  I met up with an old friend who lived across the street from me when we were kids. Back then we used to hang out either on his driveway or in his house just jamming on our guitars. I played the six-string and he […]

Erdoğan, AKP and their victory in the Turkish Municipal Elections

After the mainstream media reported for the past year how the Turkish people were supposedly all but openly revolting against current Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it’s hilarious how they aren’t even reporting that his Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), “Justice and Development Party” won the recent municipal elections in Turkey. I have a few thoughts […]

A Holiday Message from the Life of Omar

From the Greek and Syriac sources of the Church Elders There are those who love and there are those who hate. Of which were our pious predecessors and of which are you? When the Muslims surrounded Jerusalem, the inhabitants said they would surrender the city only if the Muslim ruler himself —Omar, the second successor […]

The Two Towers of Ta’if

On this day you will find a wide variety of perspectives across the kaleidoscopic amalgam of thought which is the Internet. From mourning, to patriotism, to conspiracy theory, someone has something to say and, by God, you are going to hear it. Sometimes you’re glad that you did and other times, not so much. Yet, […]

Bringing a Secret to the Prophet’s Garden

I had been in Medina for 3 days and the crowds were like I had never seen in this city before, not even during Ḥajj. Would I leave without visiting the Prophet ﷺ? Anyone who has been there knows that such a thing is unthinkable. We had to give it one last shot. My sons […]

Hajj in the Bible

A cursory analysis into the word “Hajj” as found in the Old Testament. When many Jews and Christians view Islam from the outside, they find parallels to their own faiths that usually inspire a great deal of curiosity. These parallels are often doctrinal, sometimes regarding the biographies of Prophets shared between the three Abrahamic faiths […]

`Āshūrā’ and the Jews of Medina at a Glance

The Day of `Āshūrā’ means different things to different Muslims. To some it is a day of fasting to commemorate a day when Moses and the Children of Israel were rescued. To some it is a woeful day of lament wherein al-Ḥusayn ibn `Alī, the beloved grandson of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ (peace be upon […]

Twenty Years in September

My Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 I woke up. Everything was spinning. The fading blue sky was spinning over my head as the sun had just begun to set in September 1991. Where am I? I was sleeping in the backseat of my friend’s Jeep Cherokee going north on I-45 from Galveston, TX. We […]

The Fast of Ramaḍān in the Bible and the Qur’ān

A philological exegesis of verse 2:183 of the Qur’ān. When one hears of fasting in the context of religious observance it could be said with little argument that the first thing to pop into one’s mind would be Islam. There is no question that our dear friends from the Christians and the Jews observe fasting […]

The Legend of Captain Jack: From Birdy to Sparrow

In the late 16th century a young boy collecting scraps of wreckage from the docks wondered if he’d ever leave Faversham in the borough of Kent, the hottest place in the entire United Kingdom. It was a marshy place of little importance to anyone but the brigand. Its docks were a haven for smugglers and […]

Stairwell to Heaven

Quietly, I slipped into the cold dark stairwell and lightly shut the door behind me. I looked around to see if I was truly alone. I saw not a soul; only gray concrete and thinly painted slab. It was freezing cold and even though I could not feel the concrete floor, I just knew that […]

Octavia Nasr’s Twitter Disaster

“Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect.” That was the execrable tweet that has been hung around Octavia Nasr’s neck like a slain Twitter albatross, as CNN wasted little time in sacking her. After all, how on earth could anyone have expressed any condolences upon […]

Love Thy Neighbor…or Fall

The Inseparable Link Between a Civilization’s Success and Its Ability to Coexist Introduction I am tired of the pictures forwarded to me in email and of the videos posted on Facebook, Youtube, and numerous other mediums of internet media displaying a gross cornucopia of atrocities against Muslims across the globe. There’s the visibly overwhelmed Muslim […]