The Way We Talk about Muslim Women is All Wrong

We have a responsibility to the cohort of Muslim women who are doing their best to be good people in their everyday lives. [Read more…]

In Search of Muslim Foster Families

There are lists of Muslim foster children, domestic and abroad, that are currently waiting for licensed foster homes to welcome them. It is our communal responsibility to care for these children and ensure their deen is nurtured. [Read more…]

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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How do Honor Killings and Women’s Rights Factor into the #MuslimBan 2.0?

On March 6th, Trump replaced the original ban with a new one that not only excludes immigrants from six Muslim majority countries but also requires the government to collect data surrounding the frequency of “honor killings” in the U.S. Again, this Administration employs a stereotype to further marginalize an already marginalized minority. Still, this Women’s History Month, Trump’s concern with Muslim women’s experiences confronting bigotry, hatred and violence is a welcome opportunity to educate and dialogue. [Read more…]

On Malcolm X, Blackness and Muslim-ness Through the Lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates

How, are we to understand Malcolm X’s legacy at a time when a prominent face of American Islam has spoken out against the movement for Black Lives even as calls for solidarity between Muslims and communities of color in the age of Trump are invoking his name anew? Viewing Malcolm X through the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, “Between the World and Me” is a good place to start. [Read more…]

#Activism: How Muslims Became Maryland’s Premier Political Force

Aside from the obvious refrain many have gotten used to me sharing — that there is not a single Muslim elected to any office at the county, state or federal level in Montgomery County — there are other reasons that the Muslim Democratic Club’s political success should matter to every Democrat in our county and beyond. For one, we prove that grassroots coalition building can have a lasting impact on our county. [Read more…]