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…]

Why Aren’t Muslim Nations Rising Against ISIS?

By Hesham A. Hassaballa The horror of ISIS continues, seemingly unabated. Making good on their threat, ISIS terrorists murdered a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, in an act of true bloodthirsty barbarism, and they threaten do to the same to a British national. This is in apparent revenge for U.S. airstrikes against ISIS positions in the [Read More…]

What Should be a Muslim’s Response to Ongoing Tragedies? Not Despair

By Hesham Hassaballa It has been a rough summer. While everyone around the world was trying – as best as possible during the long and hot Ramadan — to fast and re-connect with God, ​​the horrific images from Gaza kept coming incessantly. Next door in Iraq, the “Islamic State” continued its reign of terror and bloodshed, [Read More…]

Ramadan 2014 – Pick Up Your Broken Heart

This article comes on Day 16 of our special Altmuslim/Patheos Muslim Ramadan #30Days30Writers blog project, in which we are showcasing the voices of 30 Muslim leaders, activists, scholars, writers, youth and more (one on each day of Ramadan) as part of our commitment to own our own narratives and show how we are one Ummah, [Read More…]

The War in Iraq Ten Years Later – How Cheerleader Journalism Fueled the Fire

By Mark LeVine A bit over a decade ago, in that liminal political period between September 11, 2001 and the US invasion of Iraq, I attended a reading by well-known German writer and Holocaust survivor Ruth Kluger of her just-translated memoir of life in the death camps, Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered. It was [Read More…]