Does Supporting ‘Happy British Muslims’ and Pharrell Williams Promote Rape Culture?

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By Mustafa Ghani “Every speech manifests whilst upon it is the shroud of the heart whence it came forth.” — Sīdī Ibn ‘Aṭā-Allāh, al-Ḥikam I appreciate the motivating sentiments of the “Happy British Muslims” (HBM) video and deeply respect the people featured in it. The creators, from what I understand, simply wanted to showcase that [Read More...]

Why Do We Need a Muslim Mom Network?

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By Hala Amer I’ve been asked numerous times where the idea of the Muslim Mom Network (MMN) came from. I’d love to say it was a grand, noble vision of serving my community, but truthfully my reasons for launching this Google group were purely selfish. I was a new, struggling mother – often times lonely, [Read More...]

Brandeis Chooses Not to Tolerate Intolerance

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By Obaid H. Siddiqui Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a polemic figure. Her atheist supporters laud her as a fierce and much needed critic of Islam. Her Muslim opponents see her as a blasphemous apostate, some of whom have heaved very real death threats upon her. Brandeis University, which planned to award Ali with an honorary [Read More...]

The Problem with Shaming

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By Laila Alawa A woman is surrounded by the members of her community, attacked on all sides by questions, accusations and snide comments. They demand answers to what they perceive to be an egregious action, and there is nobody around to speak up for her. Her voice is paralyzed in front of their accusations. They [Read More...]

Empowering the Community to Deal with Extremism in Our Mosques

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By Salam Al-Marayati When Adam Yahiye Gadahn was kicked out of an Orange County mosque in 2004, it was for good reason. He was a troublemaker who only meant more trouble for that mosque. Gadahn was kicked out for creating firestorms of controversies for his actions and was remembered as being “angry, rigidly pious, and hypercritical [Read More...]

Dear All Muslims – An Open Letter about Gender-Based Violence, Rape Culture and Community Priorities

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By Samar Kaukab Ahmed Dear Absolutely Everyone in the Muslim Community: What does it take for our scholars, thought leaders, and community shepherds to understand that gender-based violence is a form of institutionalized oppression – one that belongs on the list of every Imam’s duas at the end of every communal prayer? How long does [Read More...]

What Abu Eesa’s Comments Did to a Sexual Assualt Survivor

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By Anonymous This week was much like most other weeks in our household. Like most families with young children, we raced to our jobs, barely made drop-off and pick- What made this week different was that my wife–who is a strong and determined survivor of a sexual assault–was triggered. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can happen [Read More...]

Rethinking Charity with Imam Khalid Latif

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By Hasan Gilani Imam Khalid Latif of the Islamic Center at NYU recently spoke at the Rad Talks conference about the need to rethink charity. A woman fled from an abusive relationship and sought help from Imam Khalid. When he handed her several thousand dollars in charity, she handed it back to him. Having never lived [Read More...]

Lessons Learned from #EmpoweredMuslimWomen

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By Sabina Khan-Ibarra Muslimah Montage and Brown Girl Magazine had the honor of recently hosting a successful “Tweet Party” with the help of Aisha Saeed, and Coming of Faith‘s Laila Alawa (soon to be a columnist at Altmuslim).  #EmpoweredMuslimWomen trended on Twitter, was featured on Buzzfeed and continues to be tweeted more than 24 hours after the party started. Most of the tweets [Read More...]

Confronting Racism among American Muslims

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By Imam Dawud Walid Intra-Muslim racism is an issue often swept under the rug in the American Muslim community. Some of its manifestations are overt while its varying expressions tend to be more subtle. In order for us to be the community, which Allah (swt) describes as “the best nation brought forth from humankind (Quran 3:110),” we [Read More...]