Ruth Nasrullah is a Houston-based freelance journalist who writes about religion, nature and the environment, health, and current events for a range of print and online publications. Follow her @ruthnasrullah.

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Despite ‘Manhandling’ of Pregnant Chaplain, Interfaith NRA Protest a Success, Say Organizers

by Ruth Nasrullah 05-27-2022

Rev. Teresa Kim Pecinovsky, holding the megaphone, gives instructions to the interfaith protest outside the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on May 27, 2022. Ruth Nasrullah/Sojourners

The protesters gathered to raise their voices for gun control and lament gun violence three days after a gunmen killed 21 people in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

4 Muslim Vets on Life in the Military

by Ruth Nasrullah 08-22-2016

Col. Doug Burpee in Bagram, Afghanistan, in August 2004. Photo courtesy of Doug Burpee

In the weeks after Khizr Khan’s speech to the Democratic National Convention, bouquets of flowers and personal condolence letters have steadily accumulated at the grave of his son, Capt. Humayun Khan, as visitors — mostly strangers — have stopped to honor the officer, who died in 2004 protecting his troops.

I'm Muslim. I Refuse to Call Myself a Victim After San Bernardino.

by Ruth Nasrullah 12-09-2015

Image via REUTERS / Jonathan Alcorn / RNS

After the San Bernardino massacre, I, like other Muslims, worried about my safety.

I wondered what would happen if I went outside, given that I’m easily identifiable in my hijab. I wondered what that day, or the next or the day after that, would be like for me.

And that, I have decided, is ridiculous. I was not a victim that day.

How a Proposed Muslim Cemetery Became a Battleground for America’s Soul

by Ruth Nasrullah 08-11-2015
REUTERS / Mike Stone / RNS

A brown and parched corn field in Farmersville, Texas, on July 12, 2011. Photo courtesy REUTERS / Mike Stone / RNS

The first speaker I heard complained to Imam Khalil Abdur-Rashid, the Islamic Association of Collin County representative, about what she understood to be the tenets of his faith.

“It’s not your custom to bury caskets,” she said, referring to the prevalent and erroneous belief that Muslims, who sometimes bury their dead without coffins, may poison the drinking water. The potential pollution of the water was repeated over and over.