AltmuslimSomewhere on the Internet ...
Somewhere on the internet, Muslim women are being shamed. Why? Because they are "easy prey. Low-hanging fruit." Their choice of clothes are a distraction from serious issues that need addressing.
Muslimah Media WatchFriday Links | December 6, 2013
Last Monday, Christian militiamen in the Central African Republic (CAR) attacked Muslim herders north of the capital Bangui. Among the victims were several women and children; one pregnant woman was disembowelled. A UN vote will be held on whether and what kind of action is required to restore the situation in CAR. For rich Kazakh men, [Read More...]
It was a dark and chilly night, but she did not budge from her position. There was an absolute sense of focus and fearlessness in her eyes. She was determined and remained steadfast in her goal. She knew what she had to do. It was what Allah had intended for her. Nothing could stop her [Read More...]
AltmuslimWhy I Participated in the ‘Somewhere in America’ #Mipsterz Video
By Aminah Sheikh I went to New York, last year around May to participate in the #Mipsterz video “Somewhere in America.” I anticipated meeting some like-minded hijabis* and making new friends. I emailed my photos to Laila Shaikley and Abbas Rattani (creators of the video) like many other women. They responded to me quite quickly [Read More...]
Somewhere In America: My Thinksies & Some Linksies
By now, the Muslim blogosphere has erupted with congratulations and condemnations, excitement and judgement, mud slinging and intellectualizing, over a stylized and unnarrated 2 and a half minutes video set to Jay-Z’s “Only in America.” The clip portrays 12 American Muslim women in fashionable clothing, taking selfies, skateboarding, fencing and strutting around America’s urban jungles [Read More...]
Muslimah Next DoorThe Unbearable Lightness of Being
Last night, after dinner, with my in-laws out visiting my sister-in-law and my husband upstairs putting our youngest to bed, I drew the curtains on the world and called Lil D to join me on the family room sofa. Amal was already there, nose buried in a Nancy Drew mystery. And Lil D came bounding [Read More...]
Are Western Civilians Legitimate Targets in War?
Osama Bin Ladin’s February 23, 1998 fatwa says, “The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Read More...]
Jeff’s Commentary on LA City Tom LaBonge’s motion to ban homeless feedings!
GENERAL JEFF’S THOUGHTS ON: City of LA moves to make it ILLEGAL to feed on the streets of Los Angeles (Think: Feed homeless people) A motion led by LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge and seconded by Mitch O’Farrell is making it’s way through City Hall. The motion has a few objectives, but it’s main focus [Read More...]
Al MihrabHalal Fest: One Month Later
Recently, I conducted an interview with ILLUME Magazine about the Halal Fest event, which was held one month ago on August 17th. Although a lot of the “noise” online was negative, most people who attended the event, even if they did not get to eat any of the food, thought the event itself was a [Read More...]
Muslimah In Progress“Islamic Beauty Pageant” is an Oxymoron
Here’s my issue with the “Muslim Beauty Pageant” that Miss Nairobi won. I love my Muslim sisters and I am very proud of those who are strong in their Islam and who can recite Qur’an. But let’s be real. You can recite Qur’an all day long, but if you are not LIVING by what the [Read More...]
Akram's RazorThe scourge of Veil Porn
I have a complicated take on veils (by which I mean actual veils, not the headscarves often poetically referred to as such). I think them neither religiously mandated nor ultimately healthy for society. While some women certainly choose it freely and while I concede that veils play a more complex role in some places (especially [Read More...]