Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American speaker, interfaith activist, and author of the short story collection Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. She has trained the Houston Police Department and Jail system on Islamic issues, offers religion classes at her local community college, and organizes interfaith events throughout Houston. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @saadiafaruqi.

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It’s Time to Understand the Islamic Veil

by Saadia Faruqi 06-23-2017

In a political environment in which the anti-Muslim rhetoric in the U.S. is particularly strong, and Europe is facing backlash against refugees and minority populations, a timely new anthology, Mirror on the Veil, offers a refreshing and important look at the very visible practice of veiling among Muslim women.

Weekly Wrap 10.21.16: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by Saadia Faruqi 10-20-2016

8. Make America Laugh Again 

Need a laugh after all this election rhetoric? A comedy club in Miami made excellent fun of both candidates and encouraged voting along the way.

9. How Christian Entertainment Is Upending Stereotypes About Muslims 

Comedy is a great way to learn about other cultures. Election or not, here’s one way to battle stereotypes while having a great time.

10. 25 Halloween Costumes That Won’t Lead You to Damnation 

And finally … did we all forget it’s October? 

The Truth About Muslim Women

by Saadia Faruqi 08-11-2016

Donald Trump’s attack against Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star Mother of Captain Humayun Khan, and the resultant #CanYouHearUsNow hashtag campaign is still reverberating around us on social media.

But while hashtag campaigns come and go, strong, independent Muslim women in America and abroad are here to stay. 

4 Things to Know About Ramadan

by Saadia Faruqi 06-06-2016

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I like to call Ramadan a personal spiritual boot camp. One not only fasts but also prays more, is more careful of one’s interactions with others, tries to exhibit more patience and love. The hunger and thirst — even the overall sense of exhaustion one feels by the end of each day — is a fuel that pushes a Muslim to do better, to fight the internal impulses towards negativity and sin, and to become a better person. Is that possible without fasting? Maybe. But with fasting it is definitely probable. By the end of the 30 days of Ramadan, one feels invigorated, nearer to God, and somehow optimistic.

3 Ways to Be an Ally to Muslims

by Saadia Faruqi 05-11-2016

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The root causes of Islamophobia are intolerance and misinformation, causes that come in all sorts of ugly packages like anti-Semitism, religious bigotry, sexism, and even racism. Islamophobia is just one way that our own insecurities, fueled by bigotry and a lack of information, come back to haunt us in a very real way.