Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI): Love Me or Hate Me

The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives this week, and we welcome your comments below. By Samar Kaukab Here is a fact: most Americans, and even many American Muslims, have never heard [Read More…]

Praying for Victims in Peshawar, Praying for Humanity

The editors, columnists and contributors at Altmuslim want to extend their grief and prayers to the 141 individuals — 132 of which are children (according to the Pakistan military) — killed in a violent attack on an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan. The Pakistan Taliban (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the horrible attack. Why a [Read More…]

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

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

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)

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

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…]


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