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Hajj 2014 - Can There Be Alternatives to Qurbani?

Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha are upon us, as millions of Muslims prepare to do an  animal sacrifice to commemorate the story of Prophet Ibrahim. But can there be an alternative to the Qurbani? Is there a better way to honor the story?

Muslimah Media Watch

Friday Links | October 24, 2014

Iran has arrested four men in connection to the acid attacks on women in the Iranian city of Esfahan. Large numbers of Iranians have demonstrated against the attacks, allegedly aimed at women that were not properly veiled, in the cities of Esfahan and Tehran. Last week, Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram, which was broken by [Read More...]

The Missing Pieces

It is not an overstatement or a generalization to say that all cultures put mothers on pedestals. Motherhood is, by all standards, sacred. In Islam, we use the hadith “paradise lies at the feet of mothers” not only to remind people to obey and serve their mothers, but also to motivate women to become mothers [Read More...]

Altmuslim

Why Pakistan Should Embrace Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Malala Yousufzai

By Zainab Chaudry It’s a proud moment for Pakistan, but many Pakistanis aren’t embracing it.Malala Yousufzai — the courageous, 17-year-old young woman who became a global beacon of hope for girls seeking to gain an education — has won the Nobel Peace Prize.Predictably enough though, it hasn’t taken long for the critics to mobilize.Since Friday morning when [Read More...]

Serial Episode 5: Lets Talk About Cells, Baby

Now, according to Serial's investigation and plotting the cell towers for the rest of the day, until about 6pm, Jay's testimony does not match the cell towers, as I mentioned earlier. From around 1pm to around 3:45-4:15 Jay was at Jenn's house (according to Jen), and got a call he was expecting at which point he left. As I said in my last post, in that time frame, two calls were actually made to Jenn's house. While apparently Jay was actually there. I haven't seen this explained yet but I have to wonder - was Jay actually ever at Jenn's house that afternoon?

Remosquing in Ramadan

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the  Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Muslim community here.  Earlier this year, ISNA, a national Muslim umbrella group has identified addressing challenges to mosque inclusion and the promotion of remosquing as a major priority to tackle this year. A lack of adequate women’s spaces, [Read More...]

Muslimah Next Door

Moment-to-Moment

By 11:30 p.m. last night, the only two people left awake in our home were Lil D and me. The kids had gone off to bed much earlier, and their Baba had gone to sleep as well with the prospect of being woken up all night long by calls from the hospital where he worked. It [Read More...]

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Challenges ISIS

On September 12, 2014, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, a prominent American Muslim scholar, gave a Friday sermon on ISIS. People are clearly interested in what Shaykh Hamza has to say regarding ISIS; the sermon has been viewed on YouTube more than 190,000 times, with more than 1,100 positive and negative comments, in the past month. Shaykh [Read More...]

Wisdom Wednesday…. Mistakes are mindful experiences

Through it all remain mindful, at in utilizing your strengths. There is a saying, “diamonds are born under pressure.”

Al Mihrab

How to Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects

On Saturday August 30th, I was invited by ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) to their 51st Annual Convention, held in Detroit, Michigan this year, to moderate a panel with American Muslim Architects about how to Avoid common mistakes on Mosque projects in the United States. Due to some last minute cancellations and changes in [Read More...]

Muslimah In Progress

Give up something forbidden for Allah’s sake

Okay, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, I’m going to write about a topic that many of you will feel conflicted about.  It’s TV.  Ah, the television, that miracle window into a wider world.  Most homes in the US have more than one TV, and oftentimes we have it on from daybreak until bedtime. Muslims [Read More...]

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