Moving Past the Condemnations: Recognizing Muslims’ Contributions to Our Public Safety

By Alejandro J. Beutel, Stephanie Choi, Sarala Prabhu and Erika Swanson Over the past several months, questions and scrutiny surrounding American Muslims have intensified, particularly amid heated Presidential campaign rhetoric, the Paris attacks, San Bernardino and most recently, Brussels. As a result, many have raised an oft-repeated pair of questions: “Why aren’t American Muslims and [Read More…]

The Truth About ‘Safe Spaces’ – MPAC Addresses Changes and Criticisms

By Hoda Hawa Prior to 9/11, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) had foreseen the problems arising out of extremist views taking hold in some quarters of the Middle East and had issued policy papers on this topic, but it was really in April 2013 after the Boston Marathon bombings that MPAC decided that our [Read More…]

Five Solutions to End All-Male Panels

By Saud Inam  Recently, there’s been a heated discussion around the need for female speakers and scholars on panel discussions at Muslim conferences, seminars and events. If you haven’t already, check out #NoAllMalePanels on Twitter – there was a great “tweetstorm” around this hashtag last night. Many of our conferences, seminars and events do have male-dominated panel [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…]

When Online Muslim Friends Provide Love and Community – A Convert’s Ramadan Story

This is Day Seven of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Sarah Ager I broke my first ever Ramadan fast with a beer. I said my shahada (profession of faith as a Muslim) over Skype. My first hijab was a beach sarong. And before I had the Arabic pegged, I used to substitute the unlearned [Read More…]

Heartbreak, Detachment and Hope in Ramadan – Foregoing Community for Authentic Relationships

This is Day Five of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Margari Hill I came home from a community iftar on Saturday and tweeted this: When asked what happened, I answered, “I’m breaking up with my community.” Anybody who has been through a divorce can tell you that ending a relationship can be a long [Read More…]


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