France’s Burkini Ban Declared Illegal. Now What?

Embed from Getty Images By Rim-Sarah Alouane If you’ve been following the ongoing burkini debacle in France, you may have concluded that since hijabs and niqabs are already banned in certain circumstances and since anti-Muslim sentiment continues to increase, that a national affirmation of the burkini ban would have been a fait accompli. However, the French [Read More…]

On Burkini and (Athletic) Headscarf Bans – Stripping Muslim Women of their Right to Self-Determination

Embed from Getty Images By Aisha Rahman While France increases its bans on Muslim women’s dress, international sports agencies like FIBA decide whether a headscarf wearing woman is “valid” enough to play basketball. Women today are stripped, literally or otherwise, of our dignity and right to self-determination. Instead, we are reduced to what society deems [Read More…]

Be an Ansaar: 10 Ways to Care for and Help a New Muslim

Embed from Getty Images By Saud Inam Madinah, which brings to mind the beauty of the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) masjid, is considered the first Muslim community in Islamic history. Many of us may think that the first thing the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)* did when he came to Madinah was build a masjid, which served as [Read More…]

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As a Muslim American Mom – Fighting for My Country, My Children

Embed from Getty Images By Sofia Ali-Khan 1982, I began fasting half-days during Ramadan for the first time, my hands painted with henna in celebration. I was in Mrs. Campbell’s third grade class; the only Muslim in a school of more than three hundred children. She growled my name “So-fee-AAH! We do not write on [Read More…]

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Danger Games: An Analysis of Trump’s “Radical Islam” Foreign Policy Speech

Embed from Getty Images By Alan Howard Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump laid out his plan, or rather thoughts, to combat “radical Islam” in a “much-heralded” foreign policy/terrorism policy speech given in Youngstown, Ohio this week. While Trump is often reduced to ridiculous soundbites, I decided to watch and breakdown his speech, point-by-point, so [Read More…]

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My Hijab Doesn’t Define Me

By Hadeer Hijabi. The word stumbles about my tongue in an ungainly fashion instead of rolling off gracefully. When it escapes my mouth, it falls flat. I realize then that I hate it. This word confines me within a box, reducing who I am as a human being to a dress code I chose many [Read More…]