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All-American Muslim
by Exploring what it's like to be Muslim in America.

‘All-American Muslim’ – Suehaila Amen Reflects on the Show

TLC’s “All-American Muslim” is airing its season finale tonight. The episode follows the trajectory of most reality-show season finales — some story lines are satisfactorily wrapped up (hint: Coach Zaban’s Fordson Tractors play a seminal game against their archrivals, Dearborn High), while other cast members near a climax in their personal stories (will Suehaila Amen [Read More...]

Al Mihrab
by Irfan Rydhan

Dubai: A Halal Foodie’s Paradise

I recently went on a family vacation to Dubai and stayed there for a little over 2 weeks.  Dubai is known for many things, including extravagance as well as incompetence, but almost everyone agrees that it is one of the best places in the world for foodies.  Being a “Halal Foodie” myself (someone who only [Read More...]The post Dubai: A Halal Foodie’s Paradise appeared first on Al Mihrab.

altmuslim
by Global perspectives on Muslim life, politics & culture

The Way We Talk about Muslim Women is All Wrong

We have a responsibility to the cohort of Muslim women who are doing their best to be good people in their everyday lives.

Akram's Razor
by Svend White

The not-so-strange resilience of Takfarism

Check out the article by Sheikh Habib Ali Al Jifri, “Why is there no serious effort to counter takfir ideology?” I’m glad to see this article being run in a prominent Emirati newspaper, as the Gulf is at the heart of this problem. One hopes that’s a sign of some sympathy for real reform, as [Read More...]

Aziz for America
by Aziz Poonawalla

Let’s Make America America Again!

Welcome to Aziz for America! This campaign is about you, not me – about We, the people, and the ideal that government should be Of, For, and By that people. There is only one people – not red and blue, not liberal and conservative, not white and black. If we will it, we are Indivisible. [Read More...]

For the Love of God
by Pamela K. Taylor

In the face of terrorism, love

When my kids were young, Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her parents’ home and held captive for nine months. People in my neighborhood starting keeping their kids inside rather than letting them play in their back yards. The probability of their kids being abducted was minuscule, but fear won out over statistics. I was even [Read More...]

Grow Mama Grow
by Marwa Aly

Toys for Boys and Toys for Girls? Grow Mama “Debate” Part I

“We all can dance, if we find the music that we love.” – Giraffes Can’t Dance We’ve all done it. At times we’ve used our lives as a benchmark by which all others are measured. We project our values onto others and use this as a way to compare and contrast what is right and what [Read More...]

Heartfelt
by Nadiah Mohajir

Will you #BeBoldforChange?

Our International Women’s Day Pledge On this International Women’s Day, we honor the inspiring legacies of the women who laid the foundation for the world we live in today: from women in prophetic times who persisted and defied gender stereotypes, such as our spiritual mothers Maryam and Khadijah (may God be pleased with them), to [Read More...]

Hindtrospectives
by Hind Makki

Ethnicity, Skin, and Language: My Sudanese Identity

Exploring faith, race, and Sudanese identities in Black History Month By Guest Author Mariam Babiker, Ph.D. Growing up in Eastern Sudan, I was never really aware of my identity in respect to the larger diaspora of Sudan and the world as a whole. The perception of a Sudanese or black African identity is unique to those in [Read More...]

Holding the Tension of the Opposites
by Khwaja Khusro Tariq

The Terror Debate, In Heavy Metal

This article is cross-posted from the author’s blog on Huffington Post.   The Queen of Hearts has summoned the “Council of the Curiouser” for an emergency session to discuss the scourge of LOCO OSIRIS, a mysterious group that has killed thousands in Wonderland. Among those present are the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the White [Read More...]

Islam Ahmadiyya
by Group Blog

Why did Donald Trump ignore certain countries in his travel ban?

by Adil Khan Why did President Trump’s executive order ignore countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia?  Being a part of a family of immigrants, I am against restrictions laid against refugees from those countries rife with anti-Islamic human rights violations, which compel targeted communities to escape for their lives. That being said, back [Read More...]

Muslimah Next Door
by Dilshad Ali

UPDATE How will Autistic Travelers be Affected by the Banning of iPads, etc, on Flights from Several Muslim-Majority Countries?

UPDATE: The day I was writing and publishing this piece, Abed Ayoub, legal and policy director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Washington, D.C., contacted me to ask if autistic individuals use iPads to help communicate and mitigate their challenges, and if so, what are the ways in which they use iPads. He was [Read More...]

Muslims for a Safe America
by Kamran Memon

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...]

My Islamic Life
by Kristina ElSayed

This Weekend’s Featured author on AltMuslim

  When I started writing this blog, it was with the hopes that it would be a touchstone for people like me, searching for a source of support in this wonderful, exciting, challenging and often lonely journey of being in an interfaith relationship with a Muslim spouse. A source of comfort and a place for [Read More...]

NbA Muslims
by Layla Abdullah-Poulos

WHM: Vantablackness – Shaking Things up

American Muslims comprise a spectrum of people from numerous races, ethnicities, nationalities, etc.  Also, there are contentious issues involving gender. Consequently, the American Ummah is constantly in a state of socio-cultural transformations that include people willing to push against the status quo and highlight issues, and the people affected by them, many may consider uncomfortable. [Read More...]

One Ummah, Many Voices
by Sabina Khan-Ibarra

Disappointments and Celebrations

Important Muslim News for May 2- June 1, 2015. It was an eventful past few days of news and events about Muslims, from the anti-Muslim rally (and counter rally) in front of a mosque in Phoenix, Arizona to a prominent Muslim women being discriminated against on a plane to an innocent American citizen being released after spending almost two years [Read More...]

Muslim in the Middle
by Farouk A. Peru

Cab Ride Through Terror and My Little Nephew

I share a special bond with my eldest nephew. On the night he was born, ten thousand miles away in Malaysia, I was undergoing lifesaving surgery in London. His birth was not an easy one either and I remember hoping, as we were both in our respective operating theatres, that we would live to meet [Read More...]

Spiritual Appetite
by Wajahat Ali

Koran by Heart: Wajahat Ali

8-29 We are winding down the days of Ramadan, a spiritually potent month in which Allah revealed the Quran. Since this is a month of remembrance, reflection, reconciliation and resilience, Muslim communities worldwide devoted the month to reciting as much Quran as possible and attending nightly tarawih prayers at the mosque, in which the entirety [Read More...]

The Living Tradition
by Kabir Helminski & Friends

The Mercy of the Ailing Body

One evening a few weeks before my 25th birthday, I alighted from a train in the Heidelberg railway station and took off running. It was a twice-weekly routine at the time. I was taking evening classes at the University of the Frankfurt, and the train returning me to Heidelberg arrived just a few minutes before [Read More...]

The Muslim Agorist
by Davi Barker

Bitcoin Zakat to Afghanistan

It’s no secret that I have my doubts about the validity of paper money. I just don’t see how a paper note printed by the Federal Reserve is any different from a paper note printed by Parker Brothers. This has an important effect on how I calculate my annual Zakat. Zakat is an annual charity given [Read More...]

The Rational Sufi
by Muqtedar Khan

Can You hear US Now

By Maria Faiola “Can You Hear Us Now?” features six different Muslim women explaining their perspective on what Islam says about women in society. They are all advocates and leaders in their communities and share ways that they try to break stereotypes that many Americans have about Muslim women. The idea for the video began [Read More...]

Truth to Power
by Hakeem Muhammad

Hakeem’s Malcolm X lecture at Howard MSA.

  Thanks to Muslimarc and HowardMSA, I will be speaking on my article, “Do Not Speak to Me about Malcolm X” at Howard University.   The topics discussed will encompass: How Muslims have systematically abandoned what Malcolm X stood for and the actions Black Muslims take to continue the Islamic agenda of Malcolm X. Why Masjids [Read More...]