| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Like Passover and Easter, it is a cornerstone religious holiday and a movable feast based on the phases of the moon. Like Passover and Easter, the people who celebrate it identify themselves as the spiritual children of Abraham.
The religious observance...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 3:20 AM
Every year, Muslims from around the world fast for 30 days from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, drink and other temptations of the flesh during Ramadan, a month in the Islamic lunar calendar.
This year is no different, with the month expected...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 1:57 PM
Whether the Carroll County commissioners meet to discuss zoning, the budget or other local issues, they start the same way — with prayer.
Commissioners take turns offering the prayer, often invoking God or Jesus. All five commissioners stand, as...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Desperately yearning for the carnage of the Lebanese civil war to end, my mother once told a neighbor, "I don't know whether to prepare dinner for my children or myself for a funeral."
It was 1975, I was 10 years old, and my neighborhood in Beirut had...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 12:10 PM
Al-Qaida returned as a force be reckoned with in Iraq this month when militants affiliated with the terrorist group captured two important cities in Anbar Province along the country's western border with Syria, a hotbed of Sunni Muslim resistance to the...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 3:39 AM
A white van marked in burgundy with the name of a Glen Burnie Baptist church has been making the rounds in some area neighborhoods this summer with a controversial mission: seeking Jewish souls to save from the fires of eternal damnation. Many local...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 8:39 AM
Mr. President, you and I having a similar challenge: selling a military strike against Syria as a "moral imperative."
But we have different audiences. Your constituents come from all parts of the country; mine from different parts of the world. Yours...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 2:00 AM
While our politicians both Democratic and Republican decry the removal of Mohamad Morsi from office by the Egyptian military, the point is lost that when an elected leader becomes a power grabbing tyrant he must be removed. The Muslim...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:00 PM
It can now be said that President Barack Obama was instrumental and outspoken in causing the ouster of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, even though Egypt had been a friend of the United States and had kept general peace in the Middle East for some 30...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 11:15 AM
The Obama administration has decided to strike at the Assad regime in Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons in a civil war that has already killed about 100,000 people and sent millions of refugees into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq ("...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:03 AM
The Howard County Muslim Council set a new record at its annual food drive/picnic this weekend, donating more than 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Howard County Food Bank.
"This was a record yeard for us," said Shahid Qureshi, a spokesperson...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:13 AM
Suddenly, after decades of impasse, it seems possible — just possible — that the stars are aligning for a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East.
Three major developments are happening right now.
Iran's new president, Hasan...