Boko Haram’s Deluded Understanding of Faith and Women

The author and his family in Afghanistan.

By Haris Tarin It was 1984.  The Russians had invaded Afghanistan, and the country was in the midst of a brutal war that destroyed cities, pillaged villages, killed hundreds of thousands of people and ruined millions of lives. My parents’ only concern was to get their six children out of the country so we could [Read More...]

Happy Fifth Birthday to Patheos! (#Patheos5Yrs)

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By Altmuslim Contributors Hey Patheos! Happy Fifth Birthday! We at Altmuslim want to wish our host site, Patheos, a very happy fifth birthday and pray for growing halal (ha!) success in the years to come. We joined Patheos, specifically the Patheos Muslim Channel, two years back after being an independent site for more than a [Read More...]

Does Supporting ‘Happy British Muslims’ and Pharrell Williams Promote Rape Culture?

"Happy" - Video by The Honesty Policy

By Mustafa Ghani “Every speech manifests whilst upon it is the shroud of the heart whence it came forth.” — Sīdī Ibn ‘Aṭā-Allāh, al-Ḥikam I appreciate the motivating sentiments of the “Happy British Muslims” (HBM) video and deeply respect the people featured in it. The creators, from what I understand, simply wanted to showcase that [Read More...]

Why Do We Need a Muslim Mom Network?

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By Hala Amer I’ve been asked numerous times where the idea of the Muslim Mom Network (MMN) came from. I’d love to say it was a grand, noble vision of serving my community, but truthfully my reasons for launching this Google group were purely selfish. I was a new, struggling mother – often times lonely, [Read More...]

Brandeis Chooses Not to Tolerate Intolerance

Ayan Hirsi Ali

By Obaid H. Siddiqui Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a polemic figure. Her atheist supporters laud her as a fierce and much needed critic of Islam. Her Muslim opponents see her as a blasphemous apostate, some of whom have heaved very real death threats upon her. Brandeis University, which planned to award Ali with an honorary [Read More...]

The Problem with Shaming

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By Laila Alawa A woman is surrounded by the members of her community, attacked on all sides by questions, accusations and snide comments. They demand answers to what they perceive to be an egregious action, and there is nobody around to speak up for her. Her voice is paralyzed in front of their accusations. They [Read More...]


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