Hajj 2014 – Call for Submissions and Reflections

The first nine days of Dhul Hijjah (the ninth 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. For other Muslims worldwide, these days are blessed as well, with promises of multiplied rewards for good [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11 and Sowing the Seeds of Love and Tolerance

9/11 Memorial

By Zainab Chaudry On the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, our nation remembers the 3,000 lives that were senselessly taken that day. As we salute the sacrifice of heroes who rushed to rescue and as we empathize with the pain of loved ones who grieve, I can’t help but reflect on the aftermath [Read More...]

Paying Tribute to American Muslim Trailblazer, Tayyibah Taylor

Tayyibah Taylor

Compiled by Altmuslim Editors The Muslim American and larger American community lost a beloved soul last week — Tayyibah Taylor, founder and editor-in-chief of Azizah Magazine passed away. The outpouring of love and grief was immediate, as news spread quickly. Tributes came pouring in on Facebook, Twitter and in letters sent to Azizah Magazine. Ms. [Read More...]

Why Aren’t Muslim Nations Rising Against ISIS?

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa The horror of ISIS continues, seemingly unabated. Making good on their threat, ISIS terrorists murdered a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, in an act of true bloodthirsty barbarism, and they threaten do to the same to a British national. This is in apparent revenge for U.S. airstrikes against ISIS positions in the [Read More...]

MUHSEN and ReMosque-ing Individuals and Families with Special Needs

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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. By Joohi Tahir Sure enough, they start to stare. Even more than the children, it’s the adults who are staring.  Sadly, this is a typical reaction to individuals with disabilities who “dare” to enter our [Read More...]

UnMosqued – Bringing Back Relevancy to the Mosque

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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.  By Laila Alawa I am unmosqued. The decision came after years of struggle, gendered micro-aggressions and a lack of understanding for personal authenticity on the part of mosque leadership. I had fought long and [Read More...]


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