6 Misconceptions Held about Salafi Muslims

Salafism, often referred to as “Wahhabism,” is widely regarded as a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that fuels a hard line view of Islam and subjugates women. Some even lump ISIS and Salafism together — casting suspicion upon the thousands of Muslims who identify as Salafi in the West. After gaining unprecedented access to Salafi women’s groups in London, I discovered how to separate the realities behind the myths. Check out the six most common misconceptions about Salafi Muslims in the West below, and what the truth actually is. [Read more…]

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Why We’re Allies of the Muslim Community – Five Short Stories

Embed from Getty Images By Islamic Network Group (ING) Staff Does it make sense that an organization named Islamic Networks Group (ING), whose mission is “to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions,” have a sizable number of staff members (five out of twelve ) who aren’t Muslim? We [Read More…]

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Who Benefits by “Hijabis” Featured in the Mainstream Fashion Industry?

The campaigns and media attention normalize the hijab in the mainstream’s gaze, but it also validates decades of patriarchal and Western voices telling women what they should look like and how they should behave. [Read more…]

9 Ways to Expand the Role of Imams in America

With the growing demands and needs of our community, it becomes important for masjid leadership to update job descriptions, roles and responsibilities of our imams in our masjids. There also needs to be adequate salaries, attractive perks and packages and bonuses to compensate our imams to ensure they perform at a high level. [Read more…]

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A Prayer to End the Election-Induced Nightmare

Embed from Getty Images By Sabeeha Rehman A bomb goes off in my neighborhood. I sit stunned and horrified, as the news flashes on my computer screen. My husband had just gone out to mail a letter. Dear God. Let him be ok. I reach out to call him. No answer. Maybe he didn’t hear [Read More…]

Mobilization and Beyond: Building Muslim Political Power

Embed from Getty Images This is the first in a four-part series focusing on the 2016 election cycle and how American Muslim communities factor into the political process. By Mohammad Khan Like no other election cycle in recent memory, the 2016 presidential campaign has been fraught with an intense focus on Muslims, Islam and Muslim [Read More…]