The Case for a Modest Wedding in Islam

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By Shaahima When it was confirmed that I was to be married and the dates for the event set, family members went into a flurried pseudo-state of panic and anticipation. We have a wedding to plan! The dress! The venue! The guest list! The frenzy that ensued soon began to seep into my psyche, and a few [Read More...]

The History of Ashura – Why We Should Remember

Karbala

By Safiyyah Surtee Writing about Muharram, the day of Ashura and the events of Karbala from a non-sectarian perspective is not simple, but I believe there can be reconciliation. I grew up in a home where Muharram is a time of celebration, as it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar, as well the hijrah [Read More...]

Telling Our Own Truths – The Forward-Moving American Muslim Narrative

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By Deonna Kelli Sayed A full moon hung low one North Carolina night. Omar ibn Said was on the run from his South Carolina master, who had almost beaten him to death a month earlier. When Omar came upon a church, he whispered “Praise Allah” under his breath. He took ablutions by the well in [Read More...]

The Need for Anger

anger-management

By Zainab Khan Zainab Khan has joined Altmuslim as the site’s newest monthly columnist.  Let me be angry. When I ask you to let me be angry, I’m not talking of anger just to be angry. There’s an anger – for the sake of this article, let’s call it rage – that arises from a [Read More...]

Will My Family Go to Heaven?

spiritual path

By Anna Wittman I converted to Islam for many reasons, but the most important of those was the holistic teaching of justice I found pervasive in the Quran and life of Prophet Muhammad. What most people do not expect, however, is that in the two years leading up to my conversion and continuing after, I [Read More...]

Reflections on the Hajj – Establishing A Muslim’s Center

Kaba and tawaf

By Susan Carland If you want to know what matters most to you, observe what first comes to mind when you wake up. What is that one issue that keeps swirling through your mind day after day – that one matter your thoughts can’t help gravitating around? As I sat outside with a friend in [Read More...]

Here She Is, Miss America – A Look Behind the Bigotry

Nina-Davuluri

By Abrar Qadir The racist reactions to Nina Davuluri’s Miss America pageant victory were indeed alarming. Nonetheless, there is much to unpack from the incident, and considered compassion can and should be as much a part of the American Muslim reaction as outrage. For purposes of this analysis, let us consider racism as stemming largely [Read More...]

An Open Letter Response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s 9/11 Letter

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By Misha Fazal Dear Mr. Secretary, Thank you for your kind words. September 11 is among the saddest days in recent U.S. history, with regards to the senseless loss of good, hard working people; a day I hope sincerely never repeats itself. But while the half-staff flags remind you of the enduring work of the U.S. government, it reminds me of the 12 years [Read More...]

Twelve Years Later, The Ramifications of 9/11 Run Deep for Muslims

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By Kinza Khan I have always been fascinated with the subjects of law, politics, history and sociology. The more I learn about history, the more I realize that Islam has played an important role in shaping American history. Many slaves were African-American Muslims and introduced America to Islam. Many jazz musicians in Chicago were Muslim [Read More...]

The Muslims are Coming, and Pamela Gellar Isn’t Happy (Surprised?)

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By Sheila Musaji In 2009, Dean Obeidallah wrote The Muslims Are Coming! in which he talked about an early Muslims Are Coming efforts: … In an effort to speed up the Muslim take over of America—which on some level would probably help my comedy career because I’ll get even more bookings by Muslim groups—my fellow Arab-American comedians Aron Kader [Read More...]