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Originally Published on The Orlando Sentinel  Regarding the article “Lake man’s effort against textbook with ‘Muslim civilizations’ chapter raises security concerns,” OrlandoSentinel.com, Nov. 6: The hue and cry of the conservatives on this issue is rife with contradictions. The lack of awareness about Islam has led to unnecessary fears and fuels skepticism. Any...

A Book Worth Reading – Ramadan Also Means a Time to Ponder the Qur’an


Originally published in Santa Barbara Independent   While Ramadan may be known as the month Muslims restrict their caloric consumption, Ramadan is also the month the Qur’an came into being. Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad began to receive revelations of the Qur’an in the lunar month of Ramadan. Muslims further believe the angel Gabriel repeated the portions of the Qur’an revealed up to...