When Eid is Bittersweet

When I was growing up in Pakistan, it was the tradition that the grieving family would not observe Eid. The family would go into a state of quiet mourning, remembering and missing their dearly departed. For them there would be no new clothes, no gifts, no visits to families, no feasting and no greetings of Eid Mubarak. [Read more…]

Beauty and the Beast – Which of the Two Faces of Islam Will Prevail?

The challenge and struggle of our generation is which face of the House of Islam will triumph? Will it be the beautiful face briefly outlined above or the beastly dimension that will continue to dominate our airwaves? One very much hopes that just like the Beauty and the Beast story line, where the Prince and Belle host a ball for the kingdom and they dance happily ever after into the sunset, that the story line of the Islam also has a beautiful ending, [Read more…]

How ‘Act for America’ and Anti-Muslim Protesters Could Benefit from a Ramadan Iftaar

Perhaps Act for America thinks they are meeting a national crisis through this demonstration. But if they were open to discovering the real facts, what better time to determine these than during the holy month of Ramadan, a time the Koran orders believers to act peacefully. Were they to partake with Muslims in Iftar, the meal eaten after sunset during Ramadan, they might learn the real facts. [Read more…]

How Ramadan Can Boost Some Towards Salafism

It is clear that Ramadan and the social activities it fosters – such as tarawih and iftar – has helped to create an environment in which conservative practices, such as the niqab, are judged by the women to be right and praiseworthy, rather than extreme and embarrassing, and has led some to embrace Salafism. [Read more…]

A Muslim Sexual Abuse Survivor Pushes Back

Regardless of these ongoing battles of community shaming, I am not defeated. I will not stop speaking out about my being a survivor of sexual abuse. I will break these barriers and keep the conversation going. I will share my story and fight. [Read more…]

In Battling FGM, We Must Center Muslims Women and Girls

By Samar Kaukab Here is a well-known aphorism: It is hard to see that which is invisible. Take oxygen. It surrounds us; without it we would cease to exist. Yet, most of us do not walk around “seeing” oxygen. Like oxygen, there are other invisibilities that permeate our worlds, are unavoidable even. Unlike oxygen, sometimes [Read More…]