TRANSCRIPT – Trump’s Speech to Muslim Leaders: This is a “Battle Between Good and Evil”

President Trump made his first speech on foreign soil today in Saudi Arabia, in which he proposed a “coalition of nations” to stamp out extremism, acknowledged the vast number of Muslims who have been the victims of terrorism, called out Iran, and charged Muslim leaders with expelling extremism and terrorism from their nations. This, against the backdrop of months of anti-Muslim rhetoric in his campaign and administration resulting in a documented rise in violence against American (and global) Muslims as well as other groups and one of the largest arms deals signed between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia (a country engaged in a targeted military campaign in Yemen.) [Read more…]

In Trump’s America, are Islamic Schools a Better Choice then Public Schools?

Whether to send a child to public or private school is an important decision that is usually driven by the views of parents regarding the type of education they want to provide their children, and the extent to which they can financially support private schools. In the age of Trump, however, there are many more things to consider in assessing whether Islamic schools may be a better option for some families. [Read more…]

American Muslims Mourn the Loss of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam

News of the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, sent shock waves through American Muslim communities across the country. Abdus-Salaam became a judge for the New York City Civil Court in 1992 and served on the bench of the New York Supreme Court from 1993 to 2009. She became the first Muslim woman to be appointed to the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court in 2013. She was confirmed without any opposition. [Read more…]

#MuslimBan 2.0 Executive Order Goes from Seven to Six Countries

After anticipating and analyzing for weeks what President Donald Trump’s new version of the travel #MuslimBan would entail, the 2.0 version was signed by the president today, removing Iraq from the original list of seven countries and listing more details regarding green card and visa holders. [Read more…]

Between Disengagement and Changing Paradigms – A New Path for America’s Mosques

How does one resolve these two parallel realities – that while there are fewer people going to mosques than before, houses of worship can and often do help congregants integrate more into American society? Is a mosque revolution the answer? [Read more…]

Top Ten Good News Stories of 2016

In Altmuslim tradition, we want to usher out the year and welcome 2017 by relating the Top Ten (in our opinion) Good Muslim News Stories of 2016. From triumphant stories at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to the breakout Muslim stars — Khizr and Ghazala Khan — from the Democratic National Convention to an all girls, all Muslim FemSTEM robotics team in California that defied the odds, there was plenty of joy and celebration as well! Check it out, in no particular order! [Read more…]