Ramadan 2014 – #30Days30Writers – A Special Altmuslim Blog Project

Ramadan calm

Friends, it’s about that time of year again. Are you Ramadan ready? Neither are we, but we’re getting there! This is time that Altmuslim usually shares its call-out for Ramadan reflection pieces. The past few Ramadans we’ve been honored to publish an amazing collection of Ramadan essays, op-eds and reflection posts from known and unknown [Read More...]

Preparing for Ramadan – The Hidden Costs of Indulgence

ramadan food

By  Zainab Khan As Ramadan approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about indulgence versus discipline and the “hidden costs” of indulgence. In large part, I see Ramadan as a disciplining of the nafs (roughly translated: ego). I’ve often heard and thought that “one who cannot control her/his appetite can barely control her/his ego” – the [Read More...]

The Role of Muslim Fathers – “Salaam, Love” Writers on Parenting and Love

Alan Howard, contributor to "Salaam, Love"

Interview by Dilshad D. Ali Father’s Day has come and gone, but the evolving relationship between fathers and children is timeless. Once upon a time — a generation or two ago — the norm (more or less) was for a man to have children and be their father in a big-picture kind of way, leaving [Read More...]

Apostasy Laws and Blasphemy in Islam – Islamic or Not?

Quran no compulsion

By Ro Waseem In January 2011, the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, was gunned down by one of his own security guards over a controversial move — opposing the blasphemy law in Pakistan. Although thousands of Pakistanis condemned this by attending his funeral and showing support on social media, religious fanatics hailed his murderer as a hero, [Read More...]

The Power of Perception and the Stigma of Mental Illness in Our Muslim Community

mental health

By Laila Alawa I usually say it with a smile and a laugh. “I’m depressed, you know.” It’s my response to conversations on mental health in our community that often spiral into the “we don’t have those issues in our community” declaration. My response always comes as a shock to the person I am speaking [Read More...]

Open Letter to Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau from Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Boko Haram leader

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. I address you with the blessed greeting of Islam, under the assumption that you are a Muslim and taking into account your statement that you are working in the cause of Allah. It is my understanding that you have received an Islamic education, and have been accustomed to delivering [Read More...]


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