Change of Mind: Sole Palestinian Participant in MLI Program Withdraws His Support

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  The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim published a few perspectives in late January/early February, for and against the program. The third cohort is readying to leave for Jerusalem this summer. With the recent withdrawl of support [Read More...]

Double Standards in Media and Politicians Helps ISIS Make Its Case – That America Hates Muslims

Senators LIndsey Graham and Ted Cruz, photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and CNN

By Junaid M. Afeef Many people ask American Muslims why they do not condemn ISIS or do more to counter the political violence committed by their co-religionists.  My rejoinder would be, “Why don’t more Americans outside of the Muslim community speak out against the double standards in law enforcement and against the rampant anti-Muslim bigotry [Read More...]

Remembering Malcolm X, 90 Years After His Birth

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Zainab Chaudry, outreach manager for CAIR-Maryland, spoke on May 19, 2015 at a tribute event for civil rights leader Malcolm X. Here, she shares her words with Altmuslim. Today — not just Annapolis, not only America, but the entire world – is marking 90 years since the birth of a man whose ideas and contributions helped [Read More...]

Not Your Inspiration Porn – Why I Don’t Owe You My Conversion Story

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Rites of Passage. Read other perspectives here. By Leanne Scorzoni How did you come to Islam? When did you convert? Will you tell me your story? Mashallah, you are such an inspiration to us! There’s a term used to describe stories of people who have overcome great [Read More...]

MuslimARC – Open Letter to American Muslim Organizations on Police Brutality, Baltimore and Freddie Gray

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(Detroit, Michigan 4/30/2015)  The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) has closely watched the tragic events and uprising unfold in Baltimore and stands in solidarity with victims of police brutality in cities across America, as well as with protestors and activists calling for justice. While the expressions of solidarity have rippled across social media, MuslimARC is deeply [Read More...]

What Good is Religion? What Good is Islam?

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa Editor’s Note: This post was written as part of a Patheos symposium in response to the following prompt: “We all know the media mantra, ‘What bleeds, leads.’ Bad news sells, and there’s nothing like a juicy religious scandal to drive traffic. Yet, for every sordid religious story, there are any number of [Read More...]

Why Muslims Must Continue to Stand Up to Anti-Semitism

The Farthest Mosque (al-Masjid al-Aqsa § Bayt al-Muqaddas) in Jerusalem; Photo courtesy of Foter, Author usaid.d800 / photo on flickr

By Maha Elgenaidi On April 7, congregants of Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, Maryland, found their synagogue defaced with swastikas and profanity. The incident devastated congregants like Michael Weisel, who said, “When my wife called me and told me what happened, I was speechless. I started to cry.” Given the long history of anti-Semitism, this attack [Read More...]

Questioning the ‘ISIS Brand’ of Islam

ISIS fighters. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Madiha Waris Qureshi Some analysts insist ISIS is a natural and unavoidable product of Islam. They couldn’t be more off-base. Since the alarming rise of the Islamic State, many political analysts and pundits across the world, especially in the West, have taken it upon themselves to inform more than 1.5 billion Muslims of the [Read More...]

Bullying Behavior: Texas School Teacher Teaches Islamophobic Lessons to Students

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By Saira Siddiqui My heart is heavy tonight as I write this.  It grieves because I am an American, a parent, a community member… But most importantly, it grieves because I am an educator. Before I go further, I want to tell you a story. The year was 1994, and I was a freshman at [Read More...]

To Ayaan Hirsi Ali – The Problem is Not with Islam, but with the Author

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By Zainab Chaudry Authors who publish books generally want to sell them. Well, what sells better then timely, dramatized sensationalism with a personal angle, which reinforces readers’ latent fears and beliefs? After reading Somali-born author and anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s disturbingly deceptive new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, I can confidently [Read More...]


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