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Hajj 2014 - Can There Be Alternatives to Qurbani?

Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha are upon us, as millions of Muslims prepare to do an  animal sacrifice to commemorate the story of Prophet Ibrahim. But can there be an alternative to the Qurbani? Is there a better way to honor the story?

Muslimah Media Watch

I got 18 mosque problems and being a woman is one

This week, I came across the video “Things not to do in the masjid” in my Facebook feed. The two guys behind the video, Americans of Afghani background Shukran and Roshan under the moniker SRBRosEntertainment, acted out 18 different scenarios with another actor. The video is clearly a hit, with over 960,000 views to date. [Read More...]

Growing Pains

               My son turned five this year. For at least six months leading up to his birthday he was counting down. Many of his sentences started with, “When I’m five…” Five was going to be magical. He was going to be able to run “super” fast, he was going to [Read More...]

Altmuslim

Why Pakistan Should Embrace Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Malala Yousufzai

By Zainab Chaudry It’s a proud moment for Pakistan, but many Pakistanis aren’t embracing it.Malala Yousufzai — the courageous, 17-year-old young woman who became a global beacon of hope for girls seeking to gain an education — has won the Nobel Peace Prize.Predictably enough though, it hasn’t taken long for the critics to mobilize.Since Friday morning when [Read More...]

Serial Episodes 3 & 4: What Tangled Webs

My theory is that Mr. S wasn't connected to Hae's death but heard something from someone about her being buried there, in that exact spot. I'm not saying its weird for a streaker to be so concerned about privacy that he walked 127 feet into the woods to take a quick leak (mm hmm) but I am saying that there is no way her body could have been found (given how it was buried as explained in the show) unless you knew exactly where to look for her. Or unless you were a bloodhound.

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

Ten Things to Know About Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Kailash Satyarthi

The news and social networks exploded this morning with articles on the latest winners of the Nobel Peace Prize — 17-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai and 60-year-old childrens right’s activist Kailash Satyarthi. Suffice to say, the world has heard a great deal about Malala, literally breathing her heroic story of being a shot by the Taliban [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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