Night and Day: Elie Wiesel and a Muslim Writer

By Jillian Pikora The world recently lost an amazing man (among many great losses this year), who has influenced the lives of many. I never thought an old Jewish man would be so influential to this Muslim woman’s life, especially since I first learned about him when I was a Catholic girl. Before I stumbled [Read More…]

Ramadan Forgiveness: Once I was a Marine, Another Man Finding Islam, Finding Myself

This is Day Five of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. Dedicated to the people of Iraq. By Ramon Meija A year has come and gone with no liberation in sight. If you can recall, last year my submission for Day 17 of the #30Days30Writers Ramadan series for Altmuslim was replaced by a letter highlighting my struggle [Read More…]

White in America vs. White Among American Muslims

By Charles M. Turner When you’re white, conversion to Islam can be accompanied by excessive fanfare. That was my experience as a recent convert. My coming to Islam seemed to be just as emotional for friends and strangers alike as it was for myself. I was often taken aback by the praise I received for [Read More…]

Sex, Drugs & the Redemptive Power of Islam – A Ramadan Lesson

This is Day 12 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Malika MacDonald Rushdan Do you remember the hadith of the prostitute who obtained paradise just by providing water to a thirsty dog? Yet, more often than not, we look down upon those who may seem beneath us. As the National Director of ICNA [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…]

Longing for Mercy and the Comfort of Suhoor in Ramadan

This is Day Four of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Ambata Kazi-Nance I took my shahada (declaration of faith as a Muslim) on October 30, 2001, just two weeks before the start of Ramadan. My Muslim friends were concerned for me, asking me repeatedly if I was ready for the long fasting days ahead and [Read More…]


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