September 4, 2018

Once again, we’ve watched news outlets to dust off their Hajj and Eid coverage, filled with shots of outdoor markets and prayers in far off places. Muslims have mostly recovered from the heady swirl of events leading up to Eid ul-Adha and await the return of the freshly minted hujjaj (those who have performed the Hajj pilgrimage). The first nine days of Dhul-Hijja echo Ramadan for me, in that despite the rush to prepare for Eid, they are endowed with… Read more

August 26, 2018

By Sh. Omar Suleiman The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam made mandatory on all able-bodied Muslims to perform once in a lifetime. It is a commemoration of the worship and struggle of our father Abraham (peace be upon him) and his family in the desert of Arabia. Muslims pray towards the Holy Kaaba, built by Abraham and his son Ishmael (peace be upon them), for their congregational prayers, not out of a belief that the Kaaba… Read more

August 20, 2018

Editor’s Note: The author performed his Hajj pilgrimage in 2008. On the decade anniversary of his holy pilgrimage, here is a piece he wrote in the immediacy of his return, ten years ago. Having recently returned from Hajj, I am bombarded by that well meaning question by all of my friends and loved ones: “How was it?”  Unfortunately, all I can answer is an inadequate “fine,” or even “great.”   Why?  Words can’t really describe the experience, especially hastily chosen words… Read more

August 17, 2018

Hey, Trevor. Thanks for thinking of Pakistan. When your book, Born a Crime, was published, we listened to the audiobook as a family. We fell in love with your voice and trenchant critique of the racist structures and culture that ravage people’s lives. An international voice in comedy! We celebrated your arrival on the Daily Show. We followed your satirical commentary on Trump’s Islamophobic policies and cheered you on. Any time we needed a dose of sanity laced with good… Read more

August 16, 2018

The energy of my students was electric as we left the synagogue. As a member of an interfaith team of university chaplains and faith leaders at the University of Richmond, my students and I were attending a Friday night service at a local reform synagogue we had been invited to by my Jewish chaplain colleague. It was a unique service that contemplates the nature of the universe and God’s wisdom in the role of creation. Coupled with verses from the… Read more

August 13, 2018

The first nine days of Dhul Hijjah (the ninth month in the Muslim calendar) are here, a most blessed time leading up to the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Millions are converging in Makkah and its surrounding areas for the pilgrimage. You probably know someone departing for the holy pilgrimage, and may have received messages asking for forgiveness or invitations to send in prayers to be uttered in Makkah, Muzdalifah, Mina, Arafat and Madinah. For other Muslims worldwide, the first nine days of Dhul… Read more

August 10, 2018

Editor’s Note: Arthur Richards is Altmuslim’s newest columnist. His column, “Tapestry of Faith,” is published in the first week of every month. Faith takes work. Faith is a process, a path that one journeys upon. It isn’t solely a set of beliefs that one has to affirm. Rather, those beliefs are stepping stones to manifesting true faith in one’s actions. Take, for example, the basic belief that there is a God. The affirming of this belief causes one to act… Read more

August 6, 2018

By Azza Altiraifi The summer of 2018 marks 28 years since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which mandated the elimination of discrimination against people with disabilities. It is also a reminder of the sacrifices borne by those who literally crawled up the steps of the Capitol to demand the passage of the ADA. This is the legacy of resistance we carry today. Yet, its promise has never been fully realized and its shortcomings have been exploited… Read more

August 3, 2018

With hotly-contested elections coming up next week in Michigan and Minnesota and elsewhere in the U.S., there has been an upswing of about 90 American Muslim candidates running for statewide or national office in this current election cycle, with about 50 of those still in play after primaries. The Associated Press reported that this is the most American Muslims who have run for office since at least September 11, 2001, with many riding the blue wave in response to the… Read more

August 1, 2018

Columnist’s note: I discuss reactions to the current United States president in this piece. If you’re not in a frame of mind to read about him, my prayers are with you. If you can soldier through, I think we’ll end this in a better state than we began. Medical professionals have attested to two new challenges in the new administration. The first is the uncertainty over health coverage in the United States. The new administration has been eager to undo… Read more

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