Book Interview with Dr. Andrew Cort for “The Door is Open”

The following interview is a glimpse into Dr. Andrew Cort’s new book, The Door is Open, a book which describes seven steps toward spiritual awakening found in unity among the Western spiritual traditions. (1)  What is “THE DOOR IS OPEN: The 7 Steps of Spiritual Awakening that Western Scripture and Mythology Have Been Trying to […]

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Fear in the Mosque: How Immersing in Fear Begets Courage and Compassion

I had not seen my Islamic mentor or local Muslim community since August of last year. The excitement, the anticipation, the memories…everything rushed over me like a wave as we pulled into the Omar Ibn Sayyid Masjid parking lot for jumah (Friday congregational prayers). I fitted my kufi over my head and slowly re-immersed myself […]

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Sikhism: The Love-Child of Islam and Hinduism?

From the outside, it sure looks like this is the case: That Sikhi is a synchronization–an amalgam–between Hinduism and Islam. At first, that’s exactly what I thought, that the whole faith was like a rebellious child born from two warring parents. It’s my observation so far this year that no faith arises from a vacuum, […]

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September 11th: An Interfaith Wake-up Call

On September 11th, 2001, our world caught on fire. Everything we knew…our innocent concept of reality–was raped, pillaged, and burned. It was our Pearl Harbor, our “day of infamy,” the singular event that shaped my generation. Today I’ve asked you, the members of our Congregation, to share some of your stories from that day. Where […]

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Saying Goodbye to Islam

Today is my last day as a Muslim. No more constantly checking the time for salat, no more reading/wrestling with passages from the Qur’an, no more “Salaam’s” or “Ramadan mubarak’s”, no more standing toe-to-toe/shoulder-to-shoulder in a line of men prostrating to Allah, no more listening to the ethereal melody of the adhan (call to prayer), no more washing […]

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