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Lauren Booth at RIS Convention: The Conscious Heart in N. America

TORONTO – The usual threats of hellfire poured onto my screen, when I mentioned on Insta I would be attending Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) 2018, Toronto, Canada. The annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of Muslims in North America. Its name reflects the organizers’ aim to create a large-scale event attempting to …

Exclusive Interview: MACFest Founder Talks to AboutIslam

MANCHESTER – Qaisra Shahraz, is an internationally renowned author of British-Pakistani heritage. Her novels include ‘The Holy Woman’ and ‘Revolt.’ Qaisra’s interfaith activism outside the world of writing has won her plaudits. She was the winner of the National Diversity ‘Lifetime Achiever Award’ in 2016 and a year later, named the most influential woman in …

How Lauren Booth Found Peace in the Holy Land

I’m a Christian author and a social activist who spends a great deal of time talking about why someone with a Christian upbringing and a westernized background might choose to follow the path of Islam – even though I’m not a Muslim myself. Sounds surprising? I know, but if you knew my family history you’d …

Muslim Youth Find New Hero in Popular TV Series

Forty minutes from Istanbul, I am starting to feel car sick as our minivan turns off the road, onto a rocky mountain track, in the midst of the Beykoz forest. In the Ottoman period, this vast woodland, to the north of the Turkish capital, was a favorite hunting place and regional retreat, for the Ottoman …

The Life of a Miracle Seeker in `Eid Al-Adha

It makes me furious when the word ‘awesome’ is applied to everyday happenings like finding a new box set on Netflix. There is one area though where seeing pleasant things as expansive blessings and miracles do appeal to me: real life. Take this `Eid. My mum lives in an area of London that is home …

We Need to Talk About `Eid: Lauren Booth

We are living in a ‘multi-polar’ reality. This new buzz phrase describes how aspects of our lives, including Muslim celebrations, are less likely to be dominated by singular cultural expectations, as they once were. In the West, our faith-based holidays are moving beyond family and food, opening up to a plurality of expression and the …

Lauren Booth on Ramadan: Triathlon Or Awakening?

Last night at an event for the Palestinian charity Interpal, I met a new mum who wanted to talk about the ‘competitive element’ of Ramadan. At first I wasn’t sure what she meant. After all, this blessed month is our break away from the ‘winner takes all’ attitude pervading our society at all levels. Rawan, …

Lauren Booth in Iran: An Interfaith Blissful Journey

MASHHAD, Iran – On the plane from Istanbul, I have been chatting to an old friend, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss. The best networker I have ever met. Within minutes of noticing me in the plane, a row behind, the spokesman for Neturei Karta, an anti-Zionist Jewish group, has handed me a business card and multiple …

British Muslims: “Punish A Muslim Day” Presents A Lesson

LONDON – April 3 2018, the day British Muslims realized we had (thankfully) been the subject of a sick prank. The dreaded “Punish A Muslim Day” flopped. Nothing bad happened. Three weeks earlier, a few dozen idiotic printouts had been pushed through the letterboxes of Muslim homes in Birmingham, Leicester, London, and Sheffield. An unknown …



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