Ramadan 2014 – #30Days30Writers – A Special Altmuslim Blog Project

Ramadan calm

Friends, it’s about that time of year again. Are you Ramadan ready? Neither are we, but we’re getting there! This is time that Altmuslim usually shares its call-out for Ramadan reflection pieces. The past few Ramadans we’ve been honored to publish an amazing collection of Ramadan essays, op-eds and reflection posts from known and unknown [Read More...]

The Role of Muslim Fathers – “Salaam, Love” Writers on Parenting and Love

Alan Howard, contributor to "Salaam, Love"

Interview by Dilshad D. Ali Father’s Day has come and gone, but the evolving relationship between fathers and children is timeless. Once upon a time — a generation or two ago — the norm (more or less) was for a man to have children and be their father in a big-picture kind of way, leaving [Read More...]

Apostasy Laws and Blasphemy in Islam – Islamic or Not?

Quran no compulsion

By Ro Waseem In January 2011, the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, was gunned down by one of his own security guards over a controversial move — opposing the blasphemy law in Pakistan. Although thousands of Pakistanis condemned this by attending his funeral and showing support on social media, religious fanatics hailed his murderer as a hero, [Read More...]

How to Foster Safe Vulnerability in the Muslim Third Space – The Townhall Dialogue Series

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By Aqsa Mahmud  Why are you doing this, someone asks, yet again. This question naturally arises from a first-time listener on hearing about the Townhall Dialogue Series, an initiative I recently helped launched in Washington, D.C. The Series seeks to create a safe space for American Muslims to discuss social issues that impact our daily [Read More...]

Boko Haram’s Deluded Understanding of Faith and Women

The author and his family in Afghanistan.

By Haris Tarin It was 1984.  The Russians had invaded Afghanistan, and the country was in the midst of a brutal war that destroyed cities, pillaged villages, killed hundreds of thousands of people and ruined millions of lives. My parents’ only concern was to get their six children out of the country so we could [Read More...]

Why Do We Need a Muslim Mom Network?

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By Hala Amer I’ve been asked numerous times where the idea of the Muslim Mom Network (MMN) came from. I’d love to say it was a grand, noble vision of serving my community, but truthfully my reasons for launching this Google group were purely selfish. I was a new, struggling mother – often times lonely, [Read More...]


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