Prayer for Children in a Time of Sadness

By Kashif Haque (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Afeefa Syeed I begin with the name of God. The Spirit who lives through many Teachers through the ages.  The God whose everlasting compassion and never ending mercy are the saving grace of all humanity. God who is the source of Peace and Perfection. God who is the Protector. God who is Just. As [Read More...]

Sexual Violence in the Muslim Community – Creating Safe, Resourceful Communities

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By Nadiah Mohajir #Act4Survivors The recent news of sexual violence in the Muslim community has sparked much conversation around sexual violence, and what we as a community can do to address it and effectively support our survivors. Allegations against an Islamic school teacher in Florida and a substitute teacher in New Jersey along with emerging allegations [Read More...]

The Role of Imams in the American Muslim Community – A Growing Crisis

By Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez Since my departure from the SALAM Center a few weeks ago, the chatter has been deafening in the community about the role of the Imam and the expectations the Muslim community should have of him. This new found free time has allowed me to engage in some deep rumination about my [Read More...]

Ferguson Behind the Scenes – The View from One Local Muslim Journalist/Activist

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By Umar Lee For weeks on end the talk of the town in the St. Louis Metropolitan area had been guessing the date of the announcement of whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would be indicted or not. Locally the question was simply “when will The Announcement be?”. The week before the Thanksgiving saw plenty [Read More...]

Muslims in Ferguson – On the Ground and Active Since Day One

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Troops from the Missouri National Guard are prepared to deploy around Ferguson, Missouri, as the city awaits a grand jury decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August, which ignited the city in waves of protest. The events following the tragic police killing of [Read More...]

Being UnMosqued and Complacent is No Longer an Option

By Maha Elgenaidi I broke down in tears recently while recording an interview for the Taleef Collective, which really surprised me.  I was talking with the filmmaker Mustafa Davis about my views on the purposes of masajid in the United States and how much the experience of being a part of one was lacking in [Read More...]

The Case for Social Media and Hashtag Activism

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By Sabina Khan-Ibarra Social Media: Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking Activism: The policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. My husband is one of those individuals who have chosen a life of complete abstinence from social media. [Read More...]

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

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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...]

Is There Room for Discourse and Critical Thinking in Islam?

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By Marwa Abdelghani I would like to begin by stating that my sentiments in the following anecdote are my own, personal opinion.I tell it as an attempt to reveal the beauty of discourse. I walked by the “Dawah Day” booth of the Muslim student group at my university and read something that I found interesting. [Read More...]

Hajj 2014 – Considering Alternatives to the Animal Sacrifice (Qurbani) of Eid-ul-Adha

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This article is part of Patheos Muslim’s and Altmuslim’s Hajj 2014 reflection series, which is focusing on the good, the difficult and everything in between about the holy days of Dhul Hijjah, the Hajj pilgrimage and Eid ul Adha, the second major holiday for Muslims. By Bina Ahmad and Fatima Ashraf Eid-ul-Adha is a very [Read More...]


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