Ramadan Reflections – An Urban Muslim Village to Raise My Kids

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This is Day 16 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Hazel Gómez “Okay, it’s almost one o’clock! Let’s go outside and wait for Papi. He said he’d be here at one.” As each car turned onto our narrow street, my brother and I would jump up with excitement. We were hoping to see [Read More...]

Chapel Hill Shootings – The Consequences of Political, Media and Societal Islamophobia


By Sadaf Sajwani By now, most of us know that last Tuesday evening, three young Muslims were shot and killed, execution style, in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by a white male. In the immediate hours after the murders, the nation’s mass media largely ignored this horrific crime. People rushed to Twitter and [Read More...]

Islamophobe David Gaubatz ‘Retires,’ But the Lies Remain


By Hesham Hassaballa The infamous Islamophobe David Gaubatz, in announcing his retirement via email to his supporters, admitted what most have suspected: That the majority of anti-Islam groups simply exist to make money. Gaubatz wrote (emphasis added): “There are many good people fighting the fight from within these organizations, but the majority of the 501 nonprofit conservative organizations [Read More...]

Social Justice in Islam and the Legacy of Malcolm X


By Adam Soltani As we celebrate African-American History this month, we are reminded of the legacy of many of the leaders of civil rights advocacy who came before us. American Muslims owe a debt of gratitude to all these leaders for paving the path of fighting for equality that we now tread upon. Names such as [Read More...]

PBS Documentary Showcases Islam’s Contribution to Civilization


Nearly four in ten Americans hold an unfavorable view of Islam and Muslims. That number has remained steady since 9-11. Several factors contribute to this negative perception, certainly none greater than Muslims – albeit a few – who commit terrorism in the name of Islam. The media exasperates this negativity, as aptly noted in Edward Said’s 1981 classic Covering [Read More...]

How an Accusation of Terrorism Destroys American Muslim Lives

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By Sahar Aziz At the Brookings’ U.S. Islamic World Forum in Doha, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough was asked whether President Obama would implement his Cairo speech commitment to stop government discrimination against American Muslims. Because Bush’s counterterrorism practices had stigmatized Muslims as the most distrusted minority in America, Obama’s pledge was particularly salient. [Read More...]