The Danger of Being the First Token Hijabi to …

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By Laila Alawa The undercurrents of this issue have been rumbling throughout the community this past year, and it’s time someone got up and spoke up about it. Granted, don’t read this if you’re looking for something sugary sweet and devoid of reality. I don’t have time to waste when it comes to an issue [Read More...]

Women Struggle to be Heard in the Mosque

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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...]

Celebrating Prophet Muhammad (saw) – The Best of Muhsins

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There is no one in creation more worthy an example of this Quranic verse, “Indeed Allah loves those who are Muhsins – those who do beautiful things (2:195),” than Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). A Muhsin is one who is in a state of Ihsan and Ihsan is the highest spiritual state possible. It is the farthest [Read More...]

What Mother Mary Means to Me

The house in which Mary is purported to have lived her last years, located in  Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, near Selçuk in Turkey.

By Afeefa Syeed At Christmas time I hum along to the Little Drummer Boy song. I always wanted to be that drummer who gave a gift to the new born King and makes Mary smile. And I’m reminded again that the more I learn and reflect about the many manifestations of Mary, mother of Jesus, [Read More...]

A Muslim Son Honors His Mother with Christmas Cheer

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By Sabina Khan-Ibarra I was raised in a conservative Muslim household — we prayed five times a day, we read the Quran daily, we fasted during Ramadan and we didn’t celebrate Christmas. We celebrated Thanksgiving, which as “thankful” Americans and Muslims, my parents didn’t hesitate to celebrate. Halloween was an annual debate- some years, we [Read More...]

A Mosque Story – When We Teach Defeat

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By  Zainab Khan When I decided to move back home from college, the thing I feared the most was that I would not fit in with the local Muslim community. The first Muslim community I knew intimately and loved deeply was not the one I grew up with, so returning home was like coming to [Read More...]

Why I Participated in the ‘Somewhere in America’ #Mipsterz Video

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By Aminah Sheikh I went to New York, last year around May to participate in the #Mipsterz video “Somewhere in America.” I anticipated meeting some like-minded hijabis* and making new friends. I emailed my photos to Layla** and Abbas Rattani (creators of the video) like many other women. They responded to me quite quickly and [Read More...]

Somewhere on the Internet, Muslim Women are being Shamed

By Rabia Chaudry On behalf of Muslims of the internet, I would like to extend a sincere apology to the young women in the “Somewhere in America” video that has been exploding heads online for the past 48 hours. The controversy became so heated and perverse it landed the video on Buzzfeed. Good on you [Read More...]

Islamophobe David Gaubatz ‘Retires,’ But the Lies Remain

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By Hesham Hassaballa The infamous Islamophobe David Gaubatz, in announcing his retirement via email to his supporters, admitted what most have suspected: That the majority of anti-Islam groups simply exist to make money. Gaubatz wrote (emphasis added): “There are many good people fighting the fight from within these organizations, but the majority of the 501 nonprofit conservative organizations [Read More...]