Interfaith Connections

KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. Enjoy these perspectives, and be sure to submit your poetry, artwork and writing for future issues of KidSpirit.

The Light Within

by Zainab Umer

The television screams the latest headline with urgent tenacity. It feels like my world is crumbling before my eyes. Surely, all this bloodshed, this hatred, this intolerance, cannot be my religion, my faith, my Islam? Surely this cannot be anything but a gross misinterpretation of a religion of peace and a blatant misuse of power?

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Love’s Final Form

by Grace Snarr

Power is not given; it is within us and cannot be taken away. This is a great responsibility and privilege, one that we humans sometimes abuse. Dani* and I were best friends. We would hang out almost every weekend, and don’t even mention summer! We talked, laughed, and ate together like sisters. We trusted each other enough

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(Re)Frame of Reference

by Lizsandra Montiel

I wasn’t doing great in school. My parents always talked about switching me to a different school that I would not like.  I never believed them, until I had to enroll in an Islamic school after several Catholic schools rejected my applications. I wasn’t happy about it, but summer was coming to an end, and

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Ideals Versus Reality

by Vanita Sharma

When I was first asked how my religion or faith views the stranger, I didn’t know what to think. It seemed that my religion taught one thing, while my personal experiences taught another. I have grown up in a Hindu family where religion is not strictly practiced. However, I learned many Hindu epics and traditions

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The Stranger

by Mustafa Khan

The stranger can’t be trusted. The stranger is inhospitable and dangerous. Pakistan is a developing nation, and a large percentage of the population faces poverty and struggles to earn an income. These people are hungry and poor, which can provoke anger and bitterness amongst them. The literacy rate in Pakistan is just over 50 percent,

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The Earth and Me

by Fatema Karimi

I feel very lucky to be part of the Muslim community where I can study how humanity affects the earth, as well as understand my duty towards it. Islam is a religion that teaches duty and responsibility. We are made dependent on one another so that we may help each other. My relationship with the

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Home Sweet Home

by Zoe Olson

When I was younger, my family lived in a house with a giant two-and-a-half-acre lawn that was mostly trees and a creek trickling through the backyard. Being homeschooled, I had a lot of time on my hands; I would have gone crazy with boredom if it hadn’t been for that backyard. The forest was at

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The Ecology of Our Minds

by Nimai Agarwal

When I was eight years old, my parents used to take me to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. We would go every week of the summer, spread out a blanket on the grass, and enact a tradition central to our monotheistic branch of Hinduism: singing devotional songs to passersby, often accompanied by a harmonium

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Our World: An Interdependent Web

by Anna Zimmer

I was not raised in a family where religion played a big role. I have always known that both my parents were Christians at one point in their lives, but they drifted away and by the time I was born, they were both atheists, happy to have their Sunday mornings free of commitments. When I

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A Buddhist Theory of Language

by Sharon Lin

I knelt on the silken scarf laid across the hardwood floor, my head bent in silent prayer to the spirits of my ancestors. I heard muffled sounds of chanting monks through the old music player at the side of the decaying red shrine. There was no silence on Saturday morning for me. A little after the

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