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Seven Questions to Ask Before Asking If Muslims Condemn ...

Why don't Muslims condemn "fill in the blank"? If you're wondering where the Muslim voices of condemnation are, first ask youselves these seven questions.

Muslimah Media Watch

Eid Mubarak! + MMW Hiatus for August

All the best Eid wishes to you and your loved ones from the MMW team!  If you missed any of our Ramadan posts, you can find them all here. Muslimah Media Watch will be going on hiatus for the month of August, as several of our writers are traveling or otherwise in need of a [Read More...]

“Oh, is this your first?”

It seems like an innocent question, “Oh, is this your first?” But inside of me I am not sure how to respond. Do I say, “No, no, it’s my second?” or do I say, “Actually, this is my sixth.” And then watch as they look quizzically for the remainder. Sometimes if I feel a certain [Read More...]

Altmuslim

UnMosqued – Bringing Back Relevancy to the Mosque

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.  By Laila Alawa I am unmosqued. The decision came after years of struggle, gendered micro-aggressions and a lack of understanding for personal authenticity on the part of mosque leadership. I had fought long and [Read More...]

Summer of Our Discontent

  Recently I and the other Muslim writers on Patheos were called out for being “silent” on the persecution of Iraqi Christians by the hellish militia that is ISIS. In both a facebook post and a blog post, other writers asked what happened to the Muslims at Patheos. What happened indeed.  I know what happened. [Read More...]

7 Questions to Ask Before Asking if Muslims Condemn Terrorism

In the last few days, several people have put their two cents in about whether Muslims are condemning ISIS, why these condemnations aren’t reaching those who need to hear it, and what Muslims can do to reach the media. A tumblr page has been created documenting instances of Muslims condemning things. This question, “Why don’t [Read More...]

Muslimah Next Door

Autism Road Trippin’

The whole summer was leading to this moment, this trip, this foray back into autism road trippin’. Were we up for the challenge? Would we be fools for trying? Was it too much to ask of Lil D? Was it too much to ask of our other children, of each other? When is it worth it [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...]

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

The Silicon Valley Mosque of the (Near) Future

Recently, The Islamic Monthly Magazine had a contest for people to describe what a Mosque, 50 years in the Future (in North America) would be like. I submitted a piece called “The Silicon Valley Mosque” which was one of the winning entries, although the judges thought my description was more for a mosque 20 years [Read More...]

Muslimah In Progress

How can a white chick from the suburbs honor the memory of Trayvon and Michael?

This is a hard post for me to write.  I”m a white American.  My heritage here in the US goes back all the way to Revolutionary times, with ancestors arriving mostly from the British Isles.  I’m white, pale, pasty, European, don’t-stand-in-front-of-the-fridge-when-taking-a-picture-white.  I live in the suburbs of a typical American town with my husband, five [Read More...]

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