The Sacrifices of Hajar and Ismail – A Hajj Parable of Radical Hope for Modern Times

This story, commemorated by Muslims at hajj and around the world this week, is a story of radical hope in the face of a seemingly impossible situation. This week, Muslims across the world will remember and commemorate that sacrifice and the hope we can feel even in the face of darkness. Read more

The Path Through Hajj – One Pilgrim Details Her Experience

What exactly happens during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s most holy site? Read more

Those Left Behind – the Hajj Was Never Designed for All Muslims

The Hajj was never designed for all Muslims. Whether that reflects the best of our faith is a question larger than anything I dare tackle. Read more

The Norm in the U.S. Is Not “Islamic Terrorism,” It’s “Alt-Right” Terrorism

Since 2002, right-wing militants have killed many more people in the U.S. than terrorists inspired by Islam. Read more

The Deeper Meaning of the Hajj – A Pilgrim’s Experience

Even as we aided our fellow pilgrim, I found myself impatiently asking why the local authorities had not yet arrived. I should have been asking, “What more can I do to help?” Read more

What’s My Name?

I am the queen of unsolicited advice. I’ll say out loud what everyone is thinking but don’t want to say aloud. I will break the silence on abuse or abusive behavior, and I will call your (or my) sh*t out. I can dish, and I can take it. But it’s going to have to be constructive Read more

Call for Submissions – Send Us your 2017 Hajj and Eid ul Adha Stories!

Share your stories with us here at Altmuslim. What do you find beautiful, difficult or peaceful about these days? What are your Eid ul Adha traditions? Are you doing anything special to grow more spiritual during this time? Do you feel a disconnect in your community? Read more

If You Could See Emotions, They’d Look Like This

Happiness would be a blinding yellow with complementary audio of laughter at the push of a button. It would be dressed in silky floral fabrics and humming frequently while occasionally licking a decadent chocolate ice cream cone. Read more

#SelectiveSilence from the White House Regarding the Minnesota Mosque Bombing

Two different scenarios are playing out regarding the bombing of Dar Al Farooq mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota: Governor Mark Dayton declared on Sunday that it was a terrible, dastardly, cowardly act of terrorism.” And from the Trump Administration, which has been quick to condemn acts of terrorism elsewhere abroad and in the U.S. – abject silence. Read more

How a Trump Presidency Signaled the Death of Pragmatism and the Promise of Islamic Reform

The rise of the right wing from the fringes of society into the mainstream was, among other things, our nation’s suicidal response to Islamic extremism. Read more

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