Call for Submissions – Send Us your 2017 Hajj and Eid ul Adha Stories!

Makkah and the Hajj at night. Image source: Pixabay We want your stories! The first nine days of Dhul Hijjah (the twelfth month in the Muslim calendar) are nearly upon us, a most blessed time leading up to the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Millions are converging in Makkah and its surrounding areas for the pilgrimage. You may someone who is performing holy pilgrimage this year and may have received messages asking for forgiveness or invitations to send in prayers to... Read more

If You Could See Emotions, They’d Look Like This

Image source: Pixabay We welcome Fatimah Popal – Altmuslim’s new columnist. Her column, “The Heart, the Mind, and some Magic,” will appear in the second week of each month.   If emotions were tangible and were showcased in glass containers … Happiness would be a blinding yellow with complementary audio of laughter at the push of a button. It would be dressed in silky floral fabrics and humming frequently while occasionally licking a decadent chocolate ice cream cone. Disappointment would... Read more

#SelectiveSilence from the White House Regarding the Minnesota Mosque Bombing

Image source: Twitter Two different scenarios are playing out regarding the bombing of Dar Al Farooq mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota: Governor Mark Dayton declared on Sunday that it was a terrible, dastardly, cowardly act of terrorism.” And from the Trump Administration, which has been quick to condemn acts of terrorism elsewhere abroad and in the U.S. – abject silence. In fact, Sebastian Gorka, a top national security advisor to the president, said recently on MSNBC that... Read more

Can (and Should) Islam be Reformed?

Image source: Pixabay The phenomenon of global jihad has plagued the world for many decades now and has consequently initiated a discussion about Islam: How Islamic are the Islamists? And more importantly, can there be a “moderate Islam” compatible with modern values? A quick observer might say no, but I would not concur. The fact is that scriptures do hold value and meaning of their own, but they do not always speak for themselves. There are... Read more

Muslim and Jewish Communities Join to Combat Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

Jews against the Muslim ban, photo taken by Joe Flood, Flickr Creative Commons There are many things to be concerned about in the political and social fabric of America these days. But there is also much evidence that diverse groups of Americans see themselves as part of a shared community and a shared humanity. On May 26, 2017, 53-year-old Ricky John Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, made a decision while traveling on a Portland,... Read more

Muslim Kids and Bullying – They ‘May Live in America, But They Are Not American’

Image source: Pixabay We welcome Jalal Baig – Altmuslim’s new columnist. His column, “The Opinionated Oncologist,” will appear in the third week of each month. By Jalal Baig From the beginning, Ali seemed aloof from the conversation that surrounded him. His friends, a full spectrum of boys spanning junior high and high school, bantered and pontificated on the NBA playoffs. It was an animated exchange between Dub Nation (Golden State Warriors) loyalists and the small smattering of those bold... Read more

Is the Quran to Blame? Looking at Domestic Violence and Scriptural Interpretation

Photo: © Europen Parliament/P.Naj-Oleari, Flickr Creative How have passages from the Quran been interpreted and misinterpreted with regards to domestic violence? Part two of this series by *Hadia Mubarak focuses on scripture, while part one looked at the statistics and issues around domestic violence within Muslim communities. What role does religion play in influencing Muslims’ views on domestic violence? A 2017 report by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) finds that Muslim Americans are... Read more

Muslims and Domestic Violence – Searching for a Faith-Based Solution

Image source: Pixabay Domestic violence is as prevalent in Muslim communities as it is in other faith communities. Do victims/survivors report crimes to clergy or law enforcement? Could the search for a faith-based solution reflect the idea that this is a faith-based problem? This first article by Hadia Mubarak* in a two-part series explores these questions. Part two will look at how passages from the Quran have been interpreted and misinterpreted with regards to domestic violence.... Read more

When You’re Gay and Muslim – Finding Allah’s Meaning in All of It

Image source: Pixabay Ever since I began trying to understand life, one of the crippling realizations about the Muslim communities I reached was this: We tend to bury our problems in a dark hole, dismiss them and hope they will never come back to haunt us. But they often do. We overlook many of our familial, social and cultural issues until they multiply and are about to explode in our faces; at that point we are... Read more