Hanukkah and Advent

This week is the beginning of Hanukkah for Jewish and Advent for Christians. Both religions ceremonies involve ceremonial lighting of candles. Hanukkah represents dedication for Jewish persons. Advent represents a season of love and peace leading to Christmas, the...

ISIS attacks a mosque in Egypt

The recent attack by self-designated Islamists on a Sufi mosque in Egypt is despicable and to be condemned by any standards. It demonstrates, very sadly that groups who call themselves Islamic are not. The mere fact that they designate themselves as Islamic does not...

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is; today for some of you in Asia. Thanksgiving is the biggest holiday of the year in the US. There is a very similar holiday in Canada in October. Why is Thanksgiving the biggest holiday in the US? Even bigger than Christmas? Christmas is indeed an important...

Plea bargaining

The latest issue of Economist has an excellent editorial about the use plea bargains in the U.S. judicial system and those of other countries. Do plea bargains really serve justice and favor defendants? Are they used excessively for immigrants and others at the lower...

Oppression in the name of religion

The news reports this week that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has taken control over Wahabi leaders and prohibited them from making arrests or assaulting persons who they view as violating requirements of Islam that they have developed and are not parts of original...

Islam in America – Lisa Ling

How many of you saw CNN’s original series of Lisa Ling on Islam in America this past Sunday night? If not, it will be re-broadcast on this coming and some future Sunday nights Lisa’s wonderfully insightful episode featured a mosque in Memphis in which most...

What’s happening in Niger?

News media have told us about the tragic deaths of four US soldiers fighting ISIS. What more is there about the activities of the US. With the defeat of the ISIS caliphate and the resurgence of al Qaeda, terrorism has spread to Africa. Boko Haram is as active as ever....

End of ISIS?

We are now hearing and reading that ISIS is defeated with the fall of its self-designated capital. But is ISIS dead. All indications are that ISIS will continue and a free-lance terror organization. Also, remember that affiliated groups like al Qaeda and al Shabab are...

Islam in Victorian era

The current very popular movie, Victoria and Abdul, is not only a beautiful, well made, well acted movie, it also presents an interesting and positive view of Islam that was often misunderstood then just as it is misunderstood now. The depiction of women in burkas and...

Was it ISIS?

Very soon after news came out about the horrible mass shooting in Las Vegas, it was reputed that ISIS (or whatever else it is also called) took credit for the act of terror. Very soon, it became apparent and was reported that ISIS could not have had anything to do...