What’s My Name?

We welcome Eman H. Aly – Altmuslim’s new columnist. Her column, “Emansplaining,” will appear in the third week of each month. One time, my brother was giving a speech somewhere and his daughter, Minna, walked up to him and stood next to him. He acknowledged her presence and patted her on the head. I don’t remember if I was there or if the story was relayed to me after the fact. But she told him afterwards that she wanted him to say, “Welcome... Read more

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

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 be wearing a dark pair of sunglasses... Read more

#SelectiveSilence from the White House Regarding the Minnesota Mosque Bombing

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 the president would not say anything until... Read more

Can (and Should) Islam be Reformed?

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 certain cases where the scripture seems to... Read more

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

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, Oregon commuter train. They stepped in to defend two young women (one of whom was a hijab-wearing... Read more

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

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 enough to support others. And though few... Read more

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

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 just as likely to report domestic violence cases to law enforcement... Read more

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

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. The image of the Muslim woman tends... Read more