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Public Square

The UnMosqued Movement

What are the problems that Millenial Muslims, Muslimahs, special needs families and so many others are having with their mosques, and what are the solutions? Learn about UnMosqued in the Patheos Public Square.

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

MUHSEN and ReMosque-ing Individuals and Families with Special Needs

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 Joohi Tahir Sure enough, they start to stare. Even more than the children, it’s the adults who are staring.  Sadly, this is a typical reaction to individuals with disabilities who “dare” to enter our [Read More...]

Unmosqued By The Prophet

Things Muslim women think as they sit behind mosque walls: What did the Imam just say? Why is the speaker system from 1977? Why do I feel like a persona non grata? Why does this separation feel like an aggression towards the women? Why is our space so much smaller and uglier than the mens? Were we an afterthought? Does our presence bring shame? Do the men realize we are fully covered? Do they know that one point of being covered is so you can interact with the opposite sex comfortably?

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

EnabledMuslim – Tackling Disability Inclusion in the Muslim Community

Sometimes I wonder – what does it matter to him, whether he sets foot in any type of masjid/mosque? My son is definitely unMosqued, as is my entire immediate family, to some degree. Oh, we go to events and Jummah prayers at a mosque where we live, but that connection, that sense of belonging that [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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