Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi is an interfaith activist, blogger for Tikkun Daily and editor of the Interfaith Houston blog. She is currently writing a collection of short stories based in Pakistan. Follow her on Twitter @saadiafaruqi.


Saadia Faruqi is an interfaith activist, blogger for Tikkun Daily and editor of the Interfaith Houston blog. She is currently writing a collection of short stories based in Pakistan. Follow her on Twitter @saadiafaruqi.



ARTICLES BY Saadia Faruqi



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The World of Islamic Fiction

Ever heard of Na’ima B. Robert or Randa Abdel-Fattah? Most people have not, but these women, along with a few others,


Ever heard of Na’ima B. Robert or Randa Abdel-Fattah? Most people have not, but these women, along with a few others, are superstar authors in a tiny but growing category of books: Islamic fiction. Robert’s young adult love story, She Wore Red Trainers, is a favorite across the world, while Abdel-Fattah’s Does My Head Look […]

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I Really Need a (Super)Hero

“There’s no such thing as superheroes!” “There are too!” “Are not! At least not in real life!” A week or t


“There’s no such thing as superheroes!” “There are too!” “Are not! At least not in real life!” A week or two ago, my children were fighting again, no surprise. This time the very passionate argument was about the possibility of superheroes existing in real life. At their tender ages, the world of Marvel and DC […]

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Same Old Questions about Muslims and Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching and my children are asking yet again about costumes and jack-o-lanterns. It amazes me how


Halloween is fast approaching and my children are asking yet again about costumes and jack-o-lanterns. It amazes me how quickly they forget my statements of the previous year, and we have to go over this every October as soon as the media frenzy on television begins and the shiny displays at Wal-Mart appear. My son […]

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Do Muslims Really Care About Martin Luther King Jr.?

It’s Martin Luther King Day tomorrow and American Muslims have predictably split into two camps. One group will celebr


It’s Martin Luther King Day tomorrow and American Muslims have predictably split into two camps. One group will celebrate the man by talking about how close he is to Islamic ideals of equality and freedom, and the other will enjoy the three-day weekend with nary a nod to MLK himself. I can’t decide which outlook […]

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Bidding Farewell to Ramadan

So much has happened in my life in the last one month. Yes partly because of Ramadan, but mainly because this year’s R


So much has happened in my life in the last one month. Yes partly because of Ramadan, but mainly because this year’s Ramadan was different. For several weeks I’ve been journaling about my family reunion – a time full of excitement, uproar and surprises of all sorts. When four generations of women (and a lone […]

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The Balance of Motherhood in Ramadan

I had always heard growing up that one of the goals of Ramadan is to bring out the best in a Muslim. In addition to pray


I had always heard growing up that one of the goals of Ramadan is to bring out the best in a Muslim. In addition to praying more regularly we attempt to show more patience, less anger and negative speech. That’s when the true spirit of fasting is supposedly achieved, right? Truth be told, since I […]

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Something Missing This Ramadan

Family reunions are amazing, especially those that involve several generations of family members. Reunions in Ramadan ar


Family reunions are amazing, especially those that involve several generations of family members. Reunions in Ramadan are doubly so, perhaps because of the spiritual nature of the month itself, which rubs off on everyone, whether they are fasting or not. Last week I wrote about my own imminent family reunion, with my mother, grandmother, sisters, […]

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My Ramadan Family Reunion

For many Muslims, time seems to fly only in the context of Ramadan. For the last few months, I’ve heard countless excl


For many Muslims, time seems to fly only in the context of Ramadan. For the last few months, I’ve heard countless exclamations of I can’t believe Ramadan is almost here again! and how did the year go by so fast? Behind the lightly-uttered words the emotions are obvious: how will it feel to go through […]