Ask A Muslim – A Simple Question that Opened a Floodgate of Humanity

Sebastian Robins and Mona Haydar at their "Ask A Muslim" booth - photo courtesy of Mona Haydar

By Sebastian Robins Mid-winter in New England sees about seven hours of daylight, and that’s only when the sun is shining. More often than not the skies are grey or spitting rain, and it feels like everyone and everything is contracting into itself, pulling up collars against the onslaught of winter, and keeping eyes down. [Read More...]

The Hope Initiative: Changing The World One Act of Kindness at a Time

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By Reema Kamran “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Khalil Gibran At the end of 2015, friends, community members and family were discussing the state of the world. They were particularly concerned about the sadness and the fear that surrounded us. The conversation circled around [Read More...]

Who Speaks for Islam in America?

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By Khurram Dara Who speaks for Islam in America? After tragedies like the ones that occurred in Paris and San Bernardino, the dearth of central leadership in Muslim America has become increasingly apparent. While a host of Muslim organizations, communities and thought-leaders routinely condemn violence committed in the name of Islam, their voices are often [Read More...]

The Value of Interpretation – Why Declaring the Quran to be Fallible is Wrong

By Farouk Peru In our current socio-political milieu, the world of Islam is coming under close scrutiny by the rest of the humanity, especially the West. Islamophobia is a veritable industry and many individuals make their fortunes by generating racial hatred towards Muslims. In this climate, one can only expect there to be criticism towards [Read More...]

Wheaton College v. Prof. Larycia Hawkins – Why This Evangelical Feels Her Potential Firing is Wrong

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By Susan Campbell Score one for the letter of the law and immaturity of spirit. On Tuesday, evangelical Wheaton College announced it had started a procedure that could result in the firing of Dr. Larycia Hawkins, who’d announced on Facebook late last year that she would wear a hijab during Advent to show solidarity with [Read More...]

Year in Review: Top Ten Good Muslim News Stories of 2015

By Altmuslim Editors Sure, we could talk about the Paris attacks, Charlie Hebdo, Isis, San Bernardino, Donald Trump, Islamophobia, anti-Muslim rhetoric and other things that made 2015 a difficult year for Muslim news, but why not end 2015 and look to 2016 by focusing on the positive? Because a lot of good things happened in [Read More...]

Douse the Fires of Fear – Join the Hope Initiative

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By Eman Hassaballa Aly As we come to the close of 2015, the world has seen much sadness and destruction. I’m not planning on making this a retrospective of the year’s tragedies, but I just want to focus in on one for the moment: Recently, when I was speaking to someone from Southern California, he [Read More...]

Mawlid and Christmas – Celebrating Prophets Muhammad and Jesus

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By Muqtedar Khan “And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!  (Quran 19:33)” For the lovers of Prophets, the year 2015 has been a very special one. First, because the solar year is longer than the lunar one by about 12 days, Muslims [Read More...]

Why Wheaton’s Decision Is Out of Step with Jesus’ Love – An Evangelical Perspective

Professor Hawkins surrounded in prayer by Christian pastors. Photo by Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago

By Susan Campbell Too often, the public face of evangelical Christianity is that of a shouting preacher sweating into the microphone so much that he’s (it’s always a he) shorting out the lights in his fervor to send you, and you, and YOU to hell. To the administrators of Wheaton College: Baby Jesus is crying. [Read More...]

What’s Islamic About “Star Wars”?

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By Farouk Peru As a lifelong fan of Star Wars (I went to see “The Empire Strikes Back” at the age of four), it is perhaps very predicable for me to link it to another great passion of my life – Islam. At one point, I watched at least one of the original trilogy every [Read More...]


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