Ramadan 2014 – Is Ramadan Morphing into A Meaningless Holiday Season?

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This article comes on Day Nine of our special Altmuslim/Patheos Muslim Ramadan #30Days30Writers blog project, in which we are showcasing the voices of 30 Muslim leaders, activists, scholars, writers, youth and more (one on each day of Ramadan) as part of our commitment to own our own narratives and show how we are one Ummah, many voices. [Read More...]

How to Foster Safe Vulnerability in the Muslim Third Space – The Townhall Dialogue Series

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By Aqsa Mahmud  Why are you doing this, someone asks, yet again. This question naturally arises from a first-time listener on hearing about the Townhall Dialogue Series, an initiative I recently helped launched in Washington, D.C. The Series seeks to create a safe space for American Muslims to discuss social issues that impact our daily [Read More...]

Confronting Racism among American Muslims

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By Imam Dawud Walid Intra-Muslim racism is an issue often swept under the rug in the American Muslim community. Some of its manifestations are overt while its varying expressions tend to be more subtle. In order for us to be the community, which Allah (swt) describes as “the best nation brought forth from humankind (Quran 3:110),” we [Read More...]

A Muslim Son Honors His Mother with Christmas Cheer

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By Sabina Khan-Ibarra I was raised in a conservative Muslim household — we prayed five times a day, we read the Quran daily, we fasted during Ramadan and we didn’t celebrate Christmas. We celebrated Thanksgiving, which as “thankful” Americans and Muslims, my parents didn’t hesitate to celebrate. Halloween was an annual debate- some years, we [Read More...]

Call for Submissions – Send Us Your Reflections on Dhul Hijjah, Hajj and Eid ul Adha

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The first nine days of Dhul Hijjah (the ninth month in the Muslim calendar) are upon us, a most blessed time leading up to the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Millions are converging in Makkah and its surrounding areas for the pilgrimage. For other Muslims worldwide, these days are blessed as well, with promises of multiplied rewards [Read More...]

Learning About Allah to Z – Interview with Authors Sam’n and Uzma Sabir

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By Shazia Kamal Farook I recently met author Sam’n Iqbal and artist Uzma Sabir to discuss the newest children’s book on the block, “Allah to Z: Activity Book.” Meeting at Sam’n’s home, I instantly picked up on the inspiration behind this book: a vibrant home dotted with artwork produced by her three adorable children. Uzma [Read More...]


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