A Blackamerican Muslim’s Visit to Jerusalem

And they say: “When we are (dead and have become) lost in the earth, shall we indeed be recreated anew?” Nay, but they deny the Meeting with their Lord! Say: The angel of death who is given charge of you shall cause you to…

A Muslim Organizer’s Reflections on the Principles of Faith-based Activism

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

— Thomas Jefferson

Matters of Principle

The first time I began to explicitly think about the relationship between faith and power was when I became a community organizer. The organization I worked for — an affiliate of…

Why Muslims Should Stand in Solidarity with the LGBTQ+ Community

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Four years ago this month, Americans were witness to the second largest mass…

Black Deaths & the War of Position

Origins

There is a galactic civil war happening between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. The former is fighting to maintain hegemony while the latter fights to restore the Republic, said to have existed for over 25,000 years prior to the rise of the Empire. …

Black Migration and the Destruction of Empire

I saw the news about George Floyd’s lynching when I woke up this morning for the dawn prayer. My initial reaction to lynchings has generally followed the same pattern. Shock. Numbness. Anger. Despair. Prayer. Resolve. More anger. More despair. An impossible hope. Hearing about lynchings from abroad, however, has changed…

What I Saw on My Visit to Palestine

A Ramadan Interfaith Meditation

“In the church in which I was raised, you were supposed to bear witness to the truth…I am witness to whence I came, where I am. Witness to what I’ve seen and the possibilities that I think I see.”

— James Baldwin

This is part 4 of a weekly Ramadan…

Lessons from the Qur’an about fighting and retreating in the face of oppression

This is part 3 of a weekly Ramadan reflection series. Make sure to check out both part 1 and part 2.

After over a decade of violent persecution, the early Muslims fled to Medina as refugees — according to the decree of God. This is a major event in Islamic…

Ramadan Interfaith Reflection #2

We arrived in Cordoba after sunset. It was December, so we had layered in anticipation of the cool Spanish evenings. Our Airbnb host prearranged transportation for us to our flat. The driver was a handsome local, who spoke very little English. Aidah and I had enough high school Spanish to…

Ramadan Interfaith Meditation #1

I grew up going to church. Though I didn’t like waking up early, I do have fond memories of getting dressed up for Easter Sunday service. It was a festive occasion with all the children — and adults — on their best behavior. Then there was the attire. Beautiful white…

Healing the hardened hearts and fragmented Souls of Menfolk

Ain’t shed a tear since the old school years of elementary
— Tupac Shakur

Verily, tears are a mercy that Allah has placed in the hearts of His servants.

— Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Putting in Work

I can probably count on…

stephen jamal leeper

muslim. writer. educator.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store