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Prayer for Children in a Time of Sadness

More than 130 children were killed in Peshawar, Pakistan by the Taliban. How do we come to grips with this? How do we pray to God? What do we pray for? Afeefa Syed offers this poignant prayer for all our children.

Muslimah Media Watch

Friday Links | December 19, 2014

In Iraq, ISIL is said to have killed over 150 women and girls for refusing to get married to ISIL fighters. Seven people have been arrested in Spain and Morocco in several raids targeting an alleged network recruiting women to join ISIL, including a woman from Chile. According to a UN expert one of the Austrian [Read More...]

Heidelberg and Huckleberries

On the surface, Mark Twain and I have nothing in common. Twain was a cranky Southern gentleman (with occasional bursts of quite ungentlemanly language), the quintessential Mississippian with that very American cockiness that most of our fellow travelers have. In Innocents Abroad and the subsequent A Tramp Abroad, Twain turns an unforgiving and merrily satirical eye on [Read More...]

The Ultimate Reliance

Whimper, whimper. I look up from the onions sautéing on the stove to see Ibrahim, my fourteen-month-old baby, holding a sandwich bag in one hand and a large T-fal frying pan in the other. With intense concentration, he attempts to force the pan into the small bag—an impossible task. Once, twice, three times. He keeps [Read More...]

Altmuslim

Prayer for Children in a Time of Sadness

By Afeefa Syeed I begin with the name of God. The Spirit who lives through many Teachers through the ages.  The God whose everlasting compassion and never ending mercy are the saving grace of all humanity. God who is the source of Peace and Perfection. God who is the Protector. God who is Just. As [Read More...]

If Junaid Jamshed’s “Blasphemy” Can Be Forgiven, Then Why Are Others Punished?

Pakistan is known for its notorious anti-blasphemy laws. Under the Pakistan Penal Code, making blasphemous remarks about Prophet Mohammad can get you imprisoned for life, or be sentenced to death. Making blasphemous remarks about the Quran will get you imprisoned for life. While, making blasphemous remarks about his family or his companions will cost you 3 [Read More...]

It’s Been Good. Really Good.

This is my last post to this blog, I’ve moved camp to my own site thanks mostly to the encouragement of one Mr. Pete Rorabaugh.  I’ll be blogging now at www.splitthemoon.com , so please follow me there for new posts about Serial and Adnan’s case. I have to thank the great people at Patheos for putting [Read More...]

Medical Warriors and the Torture Report

It’s been a tough week for people of conscience. Americans are still reeling and protesting over the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York – decisions that have laid bare the truth about ugly racial fault lines that still scar the collective national soul. On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the result of their [Read More...]

Muslimah Next Door

#IllRideWithYou – The World I Want to Raise My Children In

Perhaps – no, I’m certain – that these are the images and these are the stories we need to remember. Christians joining hands to protect Muslims bowing down in prayer in Tahrir Square in February of 2011 while protests and fighting raged around them. Or in 1941 Sarajevo, when Zejneba Hardaga, a veiled Muslim woman, [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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