Women Struggle to be Heard in the Mosque

By Safiya Ravat Two Muslim women enter a mosque (no, this isn’t the opener of a lame joke). Both sisters join the prayer, enjoying the Imam’s melodious recitation over the loud speaker — the only communication they have with the walled off men’s prayer area where the Iman stands, leading the prayer. They kneel down [Read More…]

A Muslimah’s Story – I Chose to Have An Abortion (Part Two)

By Iman Ahmed (This is part two of a two part series. Click here for part one.) After perusing all the scholarly material addressing the topic of abortion that I could find, and finding that options to terminate a pregnancy before 120 days into the pregnancy were well grounded in the Islamic tradition, I felt [Read More…]

I Chose to Have an Abortion (Part One): A Muslimah’s Story

By Iman Ahmed I am a Muslim woman and I chose to have an abortion. There are a few things you should know about me: I consider my religion to be the defining aspect of my life; I am an active member of my community, particularly in the area of women’s education and empowerment; and, [Read More…]

Why is Polygamy Allowed in Islam? How is it Best Practiced?

By Zahra Grant “And among His signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find comfort and repose in them, and He put between you love and compassion; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect.” (Quran 30:21) After reading Mehrunisa Qayyum’s article, “Polygamy: A Practical [Read More…]

Where’s My Space to Pray in This Mosque?

By Hind Makki I’d like to share with you a story from the reign of Umar, the second Caliph of Islam (may God be pleased with him) which carries powerful lessons today. One of the wives of Umar bin Al-Khattab used to offer the Fajr and the Isha prayers in congregation in the Mosque. She [Read More…]

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday – To Celebrate or not to Celebrate

By Dr. Muqtedar Khan “Indeed, Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation (Qu’ran 33:56).” The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), is deeply revered in the Islamic tradition.  Every time Muslims mention his name and every time they [Read More…]