Ramadan without My Father

This is Day Two of the #30Days30Writers Ramadan 2016 series. By Namira Islam My mother has a reputation for being the life of a party. She is a masterful, vivacious storyteller and sassy in multiple languages. My father was steady, quiet and a bookworm. His brand of humor consisted of dad jokes and teasing. He [Read More…]

Ramadan 2016 – #30Days30Writers, A Special Altmuslim Ramadan Series

Seems like the past few Ramadans we’ve been hear this same phrase, but apparently it’s true this year: In many places around the world, this Ramadan will have the longest fasts of the year, including fasting on the longest day of the year – June 21. And while much of the Muslim blogosphere is abuzz [Read More…]

A Call for Empathy

By Saud Inam In a world that seems to be increasingly filled with hate and pain, an act of empathy can be revolutionary. We see the many images of war, misery and pain in the news night after night. Our newspapers, magazine and even our Facebook walls are full of sad stories of police brutality, [Read More…]

White in America vs. White Among American Muslims

By Charles M. Turner When you’re white, conversion to Islam can be accompanied by excessive fanfare. That was my experience as a recent convert. My coming to Islam seemed to be just as emotional for friends and strangers alike as it was for myself. I was often taken aback by the praise I received for [Read More…]

As Christians Rooted out KKK, so will Muslims Root out ISIS and Extremism

By Ali Asadullah Author’s note: In part one of this series, I addressed fundamental ways in which Muslims, seeking to defend Islam and portray it in a positive light, often fail in their comparison of Muslim extremists and the Ku Klux Klan.  I explored the manners in which the former and the latter are indeed [Read More…]

It’s Time to Stop Discussing BDS and Get to Work

Editorial Note: With BDS continuously in the news, especially in light of the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, Altmuslim is hosting a two-part series arguing for and against the movement, which aims to use boycotts, divestment and sanctions to force Israel to abide by international law and end its occupation of Palestine. In this article, Kristin Szremski [Read More…]