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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

The 1st Ramadan Interfaith Iftaar (In the Bay Area)

Continuing our series on the history of Muslim Media Activism in the Bay Area from last month, I was recruited by my local mosque, the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) in San Jose, CA shortly after the tragedies of Sept. 11th, 2001. According to Mohammad Azizuddin, the former Vice-President of the Mosque Board at the time, [Read More...]The post The 1st Ramadan Interfaith Iftaar (In the Bay Area) appeared first on Al Mihrab.

by Global perspectives on Muslim life, politics & culture

Making This a Joyous Eid for the Children

Ramadan 2017 has been filled with blessings. However, feelings of grief and fear have also surfaced, with news of so many tragic hate crimes targeting various faiths, races and marginalized groups. As a mother, I want all children to be safe and shielded from the tragedies that hit daily headlines.

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

Act One, Scene One #KingLeer

Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter; Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty; Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour; As much as child e’er loved, or father found; A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable; Beyond all manner [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

Ramadan “Spiritual High” With Children: Is it Possible?

No one said being a mother was a walk in the park. No matter how much you read, talk, and try to learn about being a mother, motherhood is full of shocks and surprises. You learn on a day-to-day basis—if not by the hour—once you become a mother. Amidst all of the confusion, stress, anxiety, [Read More...]

by Nadiah Mohajir

Mourning the Tragic Loss of Nabra Hassanen

Our hearts and prayers are with the Hassanen family and the ADAMS Center community after the burial of a beautiful young woman by the name of Nabra. Nabra’s tragic death is a loss being felt greatly by the American Muslim community nationwide. Because details of this investigation are unfolding each day, at this time we [Read More...]

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 Speech Donald Trump Will NOT Be Making In Saudi Arabia

According to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump will be giving an “inspiring yet direct” talk about Islam and the need to confront extremism during his trip to Saudi Arabia. McMaster said that more than fifty leaders of Muslim majority nations will be in attendance. He further stated that:  “The speech is intended to unite the broader Muslim world [Read More...]

Islam Ahmadiyya
by Group Blog

Manchester Attack and Biases

by Ijaz Ahmad Yesterday, I attended a seminar by Professor Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University on the topic of unconscious bias. It was an incredibly mind-opening seminar that brought many biases I hold to the surface. But it also enabled me, in a way, to see the biases that other people hold, specifically towards the [Read More...]

Muslimah Next Door
by Dilshad Ali

Its Not Just Autism Living. It’s Living.

Last night I sat in a darkened room with my eldest son, D, as he alternately cried a dil-se-dhook rona (heart-worn crying) and screamed in anger and frustration. The best I could do was be present to his pain, until he worked himself through it and fell exhaustedly asleep. This morning, going on barely 3-4 [Read More...]

My Islamic Life
by Kristina ElSayed

Tuscan Bread Soup for Ramadan

On the 4th day of Ramadan, I was the contributing writer on the AltMuslim blog for the series, Ramadan 2017 – 30 Days 30 Writers. Ramadan Prep? What Prep? ‘I Just Wing it.’ I promise I was paying attention. I knew it was coming. The weekly sermons leading up to Ramadan kept reminding us about [Read More...]

NbA Muslims
by Layla Abdullah-Poulos

NbA Muslims Slay at Eid 2017

Alhamdulillah, the blessed month of Ramadan has ended, and Muslims gathered to pray and celebrate with family and friends. One of the best parts of the day for me is to hit social media and see all the Eid photos of Muslims wearing their beautiful clothes. This is a vast country, and NbA Muslims from sea [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

Understanding Ramadan Anew: Taken Apart, Put Back Together Again

Each year we discover new meanings and experiences during Ramadan. It seems that in Ramadan we are more open to be infused by new understandings. What was once merely a stretch of time, a challenging 30 days in which I faced my own attachments and weaknesses, has deepened into a new sense of relationship with [Read More...]

The Muslim Hippie
by Sakinah

Ramadan: Addressing My Mental Health & Processing Shame 

We’re halfway through Ramadan mashaAllah. I’m both happy to be able to gain some benefit from the month, despite my illness, yet sad at how fast it’s passing. This year it has been a major challenge for me to stay connected with activities that will enhance my faith and keep me close to my community. [Read More...]

The Rational Sufi
by Muqtedar Khan

Your Pain is our Pain Dear Coptic Brothers and Sisters

Dear Coptic Brothers and Sisters in God, I want to express my deeply felt anguish at the horrible attacks on your community in Egypt. I wanted to let you know that there are many Muslims  who condemn such terrorism in the strongest of terms. Words cannot ameliorate the pain you feel, but know that you [Read More...]

Truth to Power
by Hakeem Muhammad

Who Decides Muslim Heroes?

Black Muslims from Imam El Hajj Malik El Shabazz(Malcolm X)  to Muhammad Ali took unapologetic stances against involvement in U.S imperialistic wars.  Muhammad Ali, stated, “My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America.” Ali was informed that his [Read More...]