For Daayiee Abdullah, the past weekend compressed, in sharp relief, both the good and the bad of what it means to be Muslim, black and gay in America.
Friday marked the celebratory funeral of boxing champion and civil rights fighter Muhammad Ali, "a black American Muslim hero." On Saturday, Abdullah performed "a marriage for an interfaith couple: a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man, which many imams will not do." And on Sunday, he woke to a phone ringing with news of a horrendous attack in which a gunman claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
"The volcanic eruption now overcomes the goodwill" toward Muslims generated by remembrances of Ali, Abdullah said, grieving for that and for the lives lost.