As a Muslim American Mom – Fighting for My Country, My Children

Embed from Getty Images By Sofia Ali-Khan 1982, I began fasting half-days during Ramadan for the first time, my hands painted with henna in celebration. I was in Mrs. Campbell’s third grade class; the only Muslim in a school of more than three hundred children. She growled my name “So-fee-AAH! We do not write on [Read More…]

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The Trump Problem: Why This Muslim is Praying for a Christian America

By Charles Turner Most Muslims have engaged with the idea of America being a Christian nation. That idea is often heard from the nativist camp that attempts to claim that Muslims, and Muslim immigrants in particular, are not truly part of the fabric of this nation. It’s also heard from the more conservative elements within [Read More…]

Why Everyone Should Study Islam – A Christian College Student’s Advice for all Americans

Editor’s Note – Simran Jeet Singh is an Assisant Professor in the Department of Religion at Trinity University.  This essay was written by his student as a part of a class assignment on why people should study Islam.   My name is Bethany, and I am a collegiate athlete, sorority girl, and dog lover hailing [Read More…]

Who Speaks for Islam in America?

By Khurram Dara Who speaks for Islam in America? After tragedies like the ones that occurred in Paris and San Bernardino, the dearth of central leadership in Muslim America has become increasingly apparent. While a host of Muslim organizations, communities and thought-leaders routinely condemn violence committed in the name of Islam, their voices are often [Read More…]

Ramadan Reflections – An Urban Muslim Village to Raise My Kids

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…]