Be an Ansaar: 10 Ways to Care for and Help a New Muslim

Embed from Getty Images By Saud Inam Madinah, which brings to mind the beauty of the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) masjid, is considered the first Muslim community in Islamic history. Many of us may think that the first thing the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)* did when he came to Madinah was build a masjid, which served as [Read More…]

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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…]