#IStandWithAhmed – The Time to End Anti-Black, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Humanity Hysteria is Now

Ahmed Mohamed tweet

By Zainab Chaudry It’s not easy being a genius in America. Especially if you’re a young, black male who also happens to be Muslim. Just ask fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed. The story about the egregious treatment of the bright, high school freshman who assembles radios and understands circuit boards and power supplies better than most adults [Read More...]

What Can We Learn From Pope Francis as Muslims?

By Saud Inam Pope Francis, in recent times, has gained the admiration, love and respect of people of all faiths, including Muslims. In many ways Pope Francis embodies the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is in the example of the Pope that we see the example of one who of another [Read More...]

If We Need a Religious Leader, Let Him/Her Be Like Pope Francis

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, photo user Catholic Church England

By Farouk Peru I grew in a culture of reverence: Reverence for one’s elders, teachers, leaders and also religious leaders. It was ingrained in me fairly early in my life, as Islam was passed down to me through a chain of pious and knowledgeable people known as the ‘ulama’ (people of knowledge). The ulama are [Read More...]

Sexual Abuse Cases: Does Islamic ‘Tawba’ (Repentance) Absolve (Alleged) Abusers of Legal Redress?


Reflections on culpability, forgiveness, mercy and legal redress in light of the sexual abuse case pending against Imam Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, founder of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, IL. Click here and here for more coverage of this case on Patheos. By Ustadha Zaynab Ansari In March 2015, Imam Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, founder [Read More...]

On Motherhood: 22 Things on Having Two Babies Under Two

Photo courtesy of Fatimah Popal

By Fatimah Popal 1) Don’t call your daughters a princess. They’ll believe you only to realize years later it was all a lie. I am not living in a palace full of chefs, an au pair or two, gardeners, chauffeurs, butlers and maids, or personal dressers. Instead, I am the commoner providing these services to [Read More...]

CVE Critics are Right, and CVE is Still Necessary

President Obama speaking at the CVE Summit, photo courtesy of Department of State

By Junaid M. Afeef & Alejandro J. Beutel The Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris in January 2015 seemed to renew the Obama Administration’s push for implementing countering violent extremism (CVE) as an alternative paradigm to the excesses of the War on Terror. However, many civil liberties groups, including several within the American Muslim community, have [Read More...]

Building Sunni-Shi’a Unity, One Mosque Visit at a Time

Bait ul Ilm Masjid

By Mohiuddin Ahmed “When do you want to go to Bait-ul-Ilm to pray,” my wife Nausheen asked. “Bait ul Ilm?” “Heena’s mosque,” she reminded me. Her friend had given her an open invitation to visit the masjid at some point, and given the spate of recent attacks on Shi’a masjids in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, this [Read More...]

Who Is Burning Black Churches? Who Will Stand Up and Give Support?

Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleysville, before it was burnt down. Photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons, user Leroy W. Demery Jr.

By Zainab Chaudry Tuesday night, the Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina became the eighth black church in America to burn to the ground within one week. At least three of these incidents were ruled arson, while one was ruled accidental and others remain under investigation. Authorities are investigating if lightning caused Mount Zion [Read More...]

Seek Understanding and Stop Infighting on Countering Violent Extremism

The White House Countering Violent Extremism Summit

By Salam Al-Marayati Attorney General Eric Holder announced three pilot cities in September 2014 for a federal countering violent extremism (CVE) program – Boston, Minneapolis and Los Angeles — leading many to believe that funding and implementation were taking place. On the one hand, some thought those cities were chosen because they were positive examples [Read More...]

Muslim Leadership Initiative and Understanding BDS, Zionism and Israel (Part Two)

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Editorial Note: This two-part article was to be the last piece in the series Altmuslim ran on MLI back in January, which included this article by Samar Kaukab, this article by MLI participant Maggi Siddiqui, this article by Deanna Othman and this article by Shalom Hartman President Rabbi Donniel Hartman. Dr. Hatem Bazian, for a [Read More...]