Why Pakistan Should Embrace Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Malala Yousufzai

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By Zainab Chaudry It’s a proud moment for Pakistan, but many Pakistanis aren’t embracing it.Malala Yousufzai — the courageous, 17-year-old young woman who became a global beacon of hope for girls seeking to gain an education — has won the Nobel Peace Prize.Predictably enough though, it hasn’t taken long for the critics to mobilize.Since Friday morning when [Read More...]

Thank You, Bill Maher, for Proving Islamophobia is Real

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By Zainab Chaudry If there’s one issue these days that unites self-identifying liberal and conservative political pundits who otherwise can never seem to agree on anything, it’s bashing Islam. Last week, stand-up comedian and political commentator Bill Maher invited a scholar on religion, Reza Aslan, as a guest on his HBO talk show “Real Time” [Read More...]

Happy Fifth Birthday to Patheos! (#Patheos5Yrs)

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By Altmuslim Contributors Hey Patheos! Happy Fifth Birthday! We at Altmuslim want to wish our host site, Patheos, a very happy fifth birthday and pray for growing halal (ha!) success in the years to come. We joined Patheos, specifically the Patheos Muslim Channel, two years back after being an independent site for more than a [Read More...]

A Muslim Son Honors His Mother with Christmas Cheer

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By Sabina Khan-Ibarra I was raised in a conservative Muslim household — we prayed five times a day, we read the Quran daily, we fasted during Ramadan and we didn’t celebrate Christmas. We celebrated Thanksgiving, which as “thankful” Americans and Muslims, my parents didn’t hesitate to celebrate. Halloween was an annual debate- some years, we [Read More...]

Paradoxes in a Fajr Wonderland

By Rushain Abbasi I passed by the shadowy garbage cans and the mysterious sounds of a muffled ruckus greeted my ears, probably the mewing of ravenous cats searching for an early breakfast, wrestling each other for the last piece of wasted kinafah. As a rationalist Muslim I didn’t care much for ritual, so I rarely [Read More...]

Islam’s Golden Age, A Reflection for Muslims Observing Ramadan

By M. Salman Ravala As the sun sets to finish the last few days of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, Muslims around the world should reflect–have we achieved our goals of service and fellowship? Have we achieved a renewed faith in our community? Are we agents of change in a world filled with oppression and strife? [Read More...]


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