• By Rashad Sharif Special to The Commercial Appeal Along with thousands of local Muslims, I’ve gone into Ramadan mode. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast during daylight hours. It’s a time for us to re-prioritize our daily lives by putting our appetites under discipline while elevating our commitment to read (or [...]

  • Noted scientist and best-selling novelist Alan Lightman, a Memphis native, asks what are the boundaries between science and religion, the two greatest forces that have shaped human civilization. What are the different kinds of knowledge in science and in religion? And how do we come by those different kinds of knowledge? Members of the Faith in [...]

  • In 140 characters or less (Twitter’s limit per Tweet), can you sum up your personal faith? In other words, Tweet your faith to Memphis. Or Tweet your faith message to Memphis. I believe n our Creator, the good He created n2 our original nature, + the good Destiny for those who r true 2 it, like [...]

  • Given that the Fourth of July has just past and we are now at the height of summer vacation and prime reading season, what are you reading this summer, and what books would you recommend to our Faith in Memphis readers and why? What books am I reading this summer? I am reading the Bible (especially [...]

  • The delusion of seeing ourselves as smarter than our Maker is not new. The Qur’an mentions a son of Noah who declined to get on the ark and said “I will betake myself to some mountain. It will save me from the flood.” Since no name for him is given in the Qur’an, I will [...]

  • How does Memphis test my faith? What gives me faith in Memphis? I was born in 1947 and raised in segregated Memphis. I went to the Fairgrounds on Tuesdays and to the zoo on Thursdays — the days allotted for “Colored”. I rode in the back of the bus (except once, when I was 10, [...]