Aaron Cayko has attended the Idris mosque for five years. (Photo by Julia-Grace Sanders)

The doors are wide open at Northgate’s Idris Mosque

Hosting the mayor's State of the City address was just one element of an "open-door" policy that has helped Idris Mosque in Northgate build trust and solidarity with the broader community.
Feb 21, 2017
Seattle Quaker community members and peace activists visited the Islamic Center of Federal Way last Ramadan in a show of solidarity and support. Here Megan Fair of CAIR-WA stands with Imam Bazi and Shabbir Ahmed. (Photo by Alex Garland)

How to be a Muslim ally in the Trump era

With every new hate crime and spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric, fear and uncertainty in our community grows. You can help by being a strong Muslim ally.
Feb 1, 2017
Masjid Ramadan, Hargesia, Somaliland. (Photo by Ikram Issa)

1,000 Somali Shillings: How mosques hold Somalia together

A Seattle Muslim who moved back to his native land found his faith rekindled inside the four simple walls of a Somali mosque.
Jan 25, 2017

Trump expected to order a temporary ban on refugees

Another executive order anticipated from Trump would block visas for anyone from Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.

Bellevue mosque aims to rebuild after fire; arson charge filed

Prosecutors say there's no evidence the fire was a hate crime.
Jan 17, 2017
Student activists observing the first Islamophobia Awareness Day in 2015 near Victor Steinbrueck Park. (Photo by Ayan Jama)

Kids of many faiths unite for anti-Islamophobia workshop

An upcoming workshop in Seattle will teach middle- and high-school students how to use the media to fight anti-Muslim sentiments in their own communities.
Jan 6, 2017
You have to admit, the resemblance is striking. (Photo from @JamilSuleman Instagram)

Jesus is coming back for Christmas. But you can call him “Josh”

What would the real Jesus do to celebrate his birthday? South Seattle's Jamil Suleman isn't afraid to dress up like the son of God to find out.
Dec 21, 2016
Participants in the Kids4Peace summer day camp look at the Torah at Herzu Ner-Tamid Synagogue on Mercer Island. (Photo by Ahlaam Ibraahim)

For middle schoolers, a summer of interfaith dialogue

The Kids4Peace interfaith day camp has local teens exploring each other's religions — and learning more about their own.
Sep 5, 2016

France has “misunderstood” burkini, Australian designer says

Designer Aheda Zanetti says the burkini is meant to open choices for women who want to dress modestly or want more coverage from the sun.
Aug 25, 2016

“Muslim American” or Muslim in America?

A writer from India talks to three Muslim Americans, to try to understand how they identify with the term.
Aug 5, 2016

Near end of Ramadan, a Quaker show of support for Seattle-area Muslims

The show of support counteracts intolerance against Muslims, expressed recently in the form of misinformation and threats to mosques.
Jul 2, 2016
Hey, where's his lululemons? An Indian man practices yoga at dawn near Bangalore (Photo by Vinoth Chandar)

Shelly Tochluk balances oneness with identity in “Living in the Tension”

Shelly Tochluk's new book "Living in the Tension" can help yoga practitioners balance universalism with a recognition of diverse identities and experiences.
Jun 24, 2016
Bellevue College (Photo from Flickr by Art Brom)

Hate speech at Bellevue College: Student group demands action

There have been at least five incidents of hate speech at Bellevue College this year threatening LGBTQ and Muslim students. It's time to take action.
May 23, 2016
Student activists observing the first Islamophobia Awareness Day in 2015 near Victor Steinbrueck Park. (Photo by Ayan Jama)

Global Islamophobia Awareness Day centers Muslim youth experience

In its second year, Seattle-born Islamophobia Awareness Day goes global, calling for better understanding of the Muslim experience and its youth.
May 12, 2016
A statue of the Buddha from Seattle's Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist temple bearing the Buddhist swastika. (Photo by Tim Gruver)

Should Buddhism reclaim the swastika?

Earlier this year, the Japanese government recommended replacing the swastika on maps because tourists mistook the Buddhist manji for the Nazi symbol.
May 9, 2016

Converted library is a blessing to Ethiopian faithful in Skyway

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Seattle Debrekuskuam Saint Mary Wedebre Keranio MedhaneAlem welcomes all Christians to its new location in Skyway.
May 2, 2016

Should Pope Francis have gone further with “Amoris Laetitia?”

Many American Catholics are disappointed that the Pope's message doesn't change major institutional policies.
Apr 18, 2016

#GreaterSeattle: Sikhs seek recognition and respect

Despite it being the fifth largest religion in the world, Aman Kuar Mann says young American Sikhs like her are still fighting for recognition and respect.
Apr 11, 2016
Brown uses the feathers of a bird native to a Huichol land in Mexico to conduct spiritual readings. (Photo by Cristina Acuña)

Washington shaman consult spirits to treat anxiety and depression

I assumed the shamanic healing used to treat my mental illness back in Peru wouldn't be an option here in the Northwest. It turns out I was wrong.
Apr 6, 2016

Yes, there is such a thing as a secular Muslim

Tons of Americans are nominally Christian, but don’t actually practice the religion. So why is it so hard for secular Muslims to pull off the same thing?
Mar 30, 2016