What Can We Learn From Pope Francis as Muslims?

By Saud Inam Pope Francis, in recent times, has gained the admiration, love and respect of people of all faiths, including Muslims. In many ways Pope Francis embodies the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is in the example of the Pope that we see the example of one who of another [Read More...]

If We Need a Religious Leader, Let Him/Her Be Like Pope Francis

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By Farouk Peru I grew in a culture of reverence: Reverence for one’s elders, teachers, leaders and also religious leaders. It was ingrained in me fairly early in my life, as Islam was passed down to me through a chain of pious and knowledgeable people known as the ‘ulama’ (people of knowledge). The ulama are [Read More...]

A Hajj Conversation for Believers: Responding to Saudi Aggression and Corruption

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of Altmuslim’s Hajj 2015 series, featuring articles and reflections upon Hajj, the holy days of Dhul Hijjah and Eid ul Adha. By May Alhassen and Fatima Ashraf More than two million Muslims gather in Mecca, Saudi Arabia each year to perform Hajj. Hajj is a sacred journey and series [Read More...]

CVE Critics are Right, and CVE is Still Necessary

President Obama speaking at the CVE Summit, photo courtesy of Department of State

By Junaid M. Afeef & Alejandro J. Beutel The Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris in January 2015 seemed to renew the Obama Administration’s push for implementing countering violent extremism (CVE) as an alternative paradigm to the excesses of the War on Terror. However, many civil liberties groups, including several within the American Muslim community, have [Read More...]

Building Sunni-Shi’a Unity, One Mosque Visit at a Time

Bait ul Ilm Masjid

By Mohiuddin Ahmed “When do you want to go to Bait-ul-Ilm to pray,” my wife Nausheen asked. “Bait ul Ilm?” “Heena’s mosque,” she reminded me. Her friend had given her an open invitation to visit the masjid at some point, and given the spate of recent attacks on Shi’a masjids in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, this [Read More...]

A Ramadan Cocoon for the Butterflies

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This is Day 30 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Naazish YarKhan This has been one of my most fulfilling Ramadans. We’ve honored its many nuances together, as a family, and even as an extended family. But I’ve also flitted after distractions. Chances for ibadah (worship) that I let slip, unfulfilled promises to [Read More...]