Qanani Kalil speaks about identifying as Muslim American. (Photo by Eman Rahman)

“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
Amina Ahmed, of SeaTac, takes a photograph of Awdoon Mohamed, as he signs a letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson urging his office to investigate the city of SeaTac. (Photo by Venice Buhain)

SeaTac Muslims, interfaith leaders criticize idea of ‘tactical map’

Residents, interfaith leaders spoke out after an investigation uncovered an attempt at religious profiling of Muslims in the city of SeaTac.
Jun 7, 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
Archdeacon of the Mass team singing the Psalm of the day at the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church's new space in Skyway. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh.)

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
Members of al Shabaab parade at Ala Yaasir camp, outside of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 3, 2011. (Photo by Feisal Omar for Reuters.)

Passenger: Muslims protected Christians in Kenya bus attack

Gunmen with al Shabaab reportedly tried to force Muslim passengers to identify Christians in a Kenya bus attack, but the passengers refused to cooperate.
Dec 22, 2015
A delegate in Mogadishu reads the Koran ahead of the start of a National Conference on Tackling Extremism in Somalia in 2013. The conference drew imminent Somali scholars, elders and imams from both within the country and internationally. (Photo by Stuart Price for AU-INST photo via AMISOM Flickr.)

“Reform” of Islam is not the only answer to extremism

The "reform" of Islam isn't the only solution for terrorism, when political factors stifle dissent, says Ibtihal Mahmood.
Dec 17, 2015
Seattle City Hall. (Photo by City of Seattle via Flickr.)

Seattle council supports Muslims with official resolution

Council president Tim Burgess said the resolution was a necessary response to rhetoric vilifying Muslims rising nationwide.
Dec 15, 2015
"Whose side are you on?" A Kurdish female fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) near the site of fighting between ISIS and fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria in south-eastern Syria. (Photo by REUTERS / Rodi Said)

Sectarian Superpowers: At war with ourselves in Syria

Sunni/Shia, Arab/Kurd. How viewing the Middle East through a sectarian lens has driven the U.S. to folly.
Nov 12, 2015
Frank Jones and Eileen Hershberg form a shape of a heart with their hands Sunday near the Amor Spiritual Center on Beacon Hill. They joined city council candidates and others in a love circle in response to hateful graffiti sprayed on the building’s front window area. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Our response to hate crimes defines us as a city

In response to venomous graffiti sprayed on Amor Spiritual Center in Beacon Hill, dozens gathered to demonstrate that love wins over hate.
Oct 31, 2015
The Kaaba, holiest site in Islam, is circumambulated by worshipers making the Hajj in 2014. (Photo by Tariq Yusuf)

How local Muslims are coping with the tragic Hajj stampede

Mourning and outrage as a Seattle Muslim who made the Hajj last year tries to process the stampede that killed over 750 worshipers last week.
Sep 29, 2015
Muslims end their daily fasts during Ramadan with an iftar, an evening meal often eaten with others. (Photo by raasiel via Flickr.)

A taste of Ramadan: the experience of fasting as a non-Muslim

A journalist experiences fasting during Ramadan for the first time, and breaks the fast with other people at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound.
Jul 15, 2015
A priest prepares the eucharist for Communion. (Photo by Lawrence OP via Flickr.)

Language, culture divide brings challenges to Yakima church

St. Joseph Parish in Yakima is one church, split by two cultures. As in many other facets of life in Yakima, the Catholic congregation is split between Spanish-speakers and English-speakers — with very little crossover, reports Northwest Public Radio of Spokane, with little crossover between the two groups. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety reports, “There are duplicate ministries […]
Jan 12, 2015
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For the bucket list: Guatemala’s Peeps-free Easter fest you can’t miss

A day after Holy Week, Semana Santa, here in Antigua, Guatemala and there’s not a Easter egg shell or Peeps wrapper in sight. 
Apr 1, 2013
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It’s Good Friday and a man in the Philippines is being crucified

Fernando Mamangun gets his hands and feet nailed on a cross every Good Friday. It’s a ritual of sacrifice and penitence that is equally controversial as it is awe-inspiring.
Mar 29, 2013
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In Iranian film ‘A Separation’ the personal is political

Iranian film A Separation, now playing in Seattle at the Egyptian, has been met with almost freakish levels of acclaim: Its scored 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, has been almost universally praised by critics, and is up for two Oscars. If you’re groaning a little inside imagining a foreign film that everybody loved because they felt like they […]
Feb 7, 2012