UnMosqued – Bringing Back Relevancy to the Mosque

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the  Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Muslim community here.  By Laila Alawa I am unmosqued. The decision came after years of struggle, gendered micro-aggressions and a lack of understanding for personal authenticity on the part of mosque leadership. I had fought long and [Read More...]

Ramadan 2014 – Reclaiming The Holy Month for Myself

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This article comes on Day Seven of our special Altmuslim/Patheos Muslim Ramadan #30Days30Writers blog project, in which we are showcasing the voices of 30 Muslim leaders, activists, scholars, writers, youth and more (one on each day of Ramadan) as part of our commitment to own our own narratives and show how we are one Ummah, many voices. [Read More...]

The Power of Perception and the Stigma of Mental Illness in Our Muslim Community

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By Laila Alawa I usually say it with a smile and a laugh. “I’m depressed, you know.” It’s my response to conversations on mental health in our community that often spiral into the “we don’t have those issues in our community” declaration. My response always comes as a shock to the person I am speaking [Read More...]

The Problem with Shaming

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By Laila Alawa A woman is surrounded by the members of her community, attacked on all sides by questions, accusations and snide comments. They demand answers to what they perceive to be an egregious action, and there is nobody around to speak up for her. Her voice is paralyzed in front of their accusations. They [Read More...]


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