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 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Adapting allowed Muslims to celebrate Ramadan this year | Worship

Today is the final day of the Holy Month Ramadan, 30 days of fasting from sunrise to sunset and compared with Ramadan 2020, when mosques around the world were closed because of the... — Updated 5/12/2021

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Forgiveness can be spiritually liberating | Worship

Forgiving others who have hurt our feelings can bring us peace of mind and please God. Doing so can have a positive effect on our health and relationships, while keeping us at peace... — Updated 1/27/2021

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Muslims, Christian share values, love for Jesus | Worship

Like most American Muslim kids, I had a great childhood friend who was Christian. His name was Glenn. His father was in the Navy and his mom stayed home and in that home, I was... — Updated 11/25/2020

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Greed and excess helping to fuel country's economic distress | Worship

When I was growing up in the 1960s, a social movement challenged the values of our country seeking to end racial discrimination and end the war in Southeast Asia. Those protesters... — Updated 10/14/2020

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

A Reminder of what really 'Matters' | Worship

The recent coronavirus has caused many to experience feelings of unhappiness, anxiety, and even fear — which makes the quest for inner happiness and contentment challenging, to... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Ramadan during COVID-19: Discipline, reflection, humanity | Worship

Few experiences can produce such an intense spiritual and social impact on a Muslim as fasting during the month of Ramadan except when it happens during COVID-19. Refraining from... — Updated 5/7/2020

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Worship | An alliance of Muslims, Christians, and Catholics

The recent movie “The Two Popes” fascinated me, mostly because I believe Pope Francis embodies the saint who talked peace with Muslims. I remember when Muslims around the world... — Updated 1/15/2020

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Worship | Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect

In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln created Thanksgiving Day during a time he was trying to hold our nation together. Today, the holiday is seen as a... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Show gratitude and thankfulness l Worship

One week ago was the anniversary of Ashura, when Muslims around the world fasted in recognition of the day God rescued Moses and his followers from the Egyptian Pharaoh. It’s a... — Updated 9/19/2019

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Making amends as obedience to the one God

Eid al Fitr is the three-day celebration, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, important to Muslims as Christmas or Hanukkah is to others of the Abrahamic faiths. Eid al... — Updated 6/12/2019

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Ramadan provides a deeper, more meaningful relationship with our creator

For Muslims around the world, the holy month of Ramadan began Monday, a month-long ritual of fasting, offering Muslims the opportunity to increase one’s spirituality and appreciat... — Updated 5/8/2019

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

How is your neighbor? l Worship

Who couldn’t appreciate Fred Rogers in the PBS television show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”? He was an early role model of a friendly neighbor, singing, “Won’t you be my... — Updated 1/16/2019

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Columbus Day and our coexistence l Worship

Monday is Columbus Day. The story of the Italian explorer’s arrival in the New World is familiar to us all, but history often overlooks an extraordinary chapter that affected the... — Updated 10/3/2018

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Misconceptions Hurt All of Us l Worship

During Ramadan, I’ve been thinking more about the Qur’an and about my faith in general, wondering why there are STILL so many misperceptions about Muslims. Perhaps it’s... — Updated 6/20/2018

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Fasting for spiritual growth l Worship

For the majority of Muslims worldwide, the confirmed sighting of a new crescent moon Tuesday evening ushered in the holy month of Ramadan, a 1,400-year-old ritual, a reminder to... — Updated 5/16/2018

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Faith through actions and deeds l Worship

Faith can mean different things to different people, but when a person’s religious teachings guide them to act ethically and perform good deeds for no other agenda than to please... — Updated 1/24/2018

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

For humanity’s sake, choose humility over arrogance | Worship

This Saturday is the anniversary of Ashura, when Muslims around the world fast in recognition of the day God rescued Moses and his followers from the Egyptian Pharaoh. Muslims... — Updated 9/27/2017

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Being frugal may be a blessing in disguise | Worship

This year, Ramadan has local Muslims fasting for 18 hours every day, though I have never taken fasting as a hardship; it’s a discipline – a powerful, spiritual discipline meant... — Updated 6/14/2017

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Fasting takes discipline, inspires us to be thankful | Worship

Ramadan this year will begin on Friday evening, May 26 – a time when Muslims around the world are required to fast from pre-dawn to sunset for 30 days as a form of worship. The... — Updated 5/24/2017

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Remembering a kinder, gentler nation | Worship

I remember a kinder and gentler nation, where folks always gave up their seat for a woman (especially a pregnant woman), came to the aid of a lost child and never thought twice... — Updated 1/18/2017

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Islam: Leadership is a trust from God | Worship

As our nation has elected a new president, I can’t help but think about how some of our early presidents’ beliefs, values and leadership shaped our nation. There could not be a... — Updated 11/23/2016

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

A life lesson from the honey bee | Worship

In 2006, an extraordinary occurrence happened across America, one that put our food supply at risk. Without a sign, millions of honey bees disappeared from their hives, a phenomenon... — Updated 9/14/2016

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Ramadan: A gift that returns each year | Worship

Ramadan began Monday and, for the next 30 days, for Muslims in Mukilteo and around the world, its an annual opportunity to be extra thankful for God’s countless blessings, obtain... — Updated 6/8/2016

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Islam-bashing threatens freedom of religion | Worship

The following is an open letter to the senders of the anti-mosque postcard. The postcard campaign regarding the building of a mosque in Mukilteo does not serve our city or neighbors... — Updated 4/27/2016

 
 By Aziz Junejo    Opinion

Through our faith we must overcome violent impulses | Worship

The president’s call to tighten control and the enforcement of firearms in our nation should give us pause. America has a problem with gun violence – more people now die by guns... — Updated 1/13/2016

 

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