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...]

The Golden Rule to Becoming Better People Through Religious Practices

Golden Rule Poster for Various Faith Traditions

By Ameena Jandali and Dr. Henry Millstein As we near the end of Ramadan, it is appropriate to reflect on the purpose of this sacred month. Throughout the month, Muslims have engaged in a number of special spiritual practices, including fasting, supererogatory prayers and the reading of the Quran. All of these actions are aimed [Read More...]

Video: Lesley Hazleton on How Doubt is Essential to Faith

By LesleyHazleton From time to time Altmuslim likes to feature interesting videos exploring Islam, Muslims and interfaith discussions. This recent TED video from Lesley Hazleton, who wrote The First Muslim (a biography of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and who blogs at the Accidental Theologist, caught our eye.  For an agnostic Jew like myself, writing a [Read More...]

The Truth About American Muslims is …

A woman holds a sign at the "Today, I am a Muslim, Too" rally in New York City, March 6, 2011.

By Jillian Holzbauer Read any article that even mentions the word Islam, and one is bound to see a scathing comment or two painting every Muslim in the world with the same brush of extremism. Usually these caps-lock riddled comments feature statements beginning, “The TRUTH is…” as though there exists a singular, absolute truth about [Read More...]

Is it Better to Vote Based on a Candidate’s Policies or His/Her Faith?

obama and Romney

Election 2012 – American Muslims VOTE! By Hesham Hassaballa Faith is a very important aspect of our lives. And, it is not unreasonable to expect that candidates for public office will also hold their faith as an important part of their lives. President Barack Obama, a Christian, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, [Read More...]

Hanging with The Muslims


By Steven Scholl On Labor Day weekend, I spent four days hanging out with 15,000 Muslims at the Islamic Society of North America’s 49th annual convention in Washington, D.C. As one of the few non-Muslims in attendance, I was able to eavesdrop on hundreds of conversations swirling around me, take in several talks by prominent [Read More...]