Ramadan 2014 – Third Spaces and the Importance of Building Institutions

Iftar_serving dinner

This article comes on Day 18 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...]

Ramadan 2014 – A Mosque Story (by Wajahat Ali)

Photo courtesy of "30 Days, 30 Mosques"

This article comes on Day 15 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...]

A Mosque Story – When We Teach Defeat

Photo courtesy of AIMISLAM website

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...]

ISNA 2013 – Reflections on Sacred Space: Where’s My Place

Marwa Aly audience photo

by Marwa Aly Just pray. This was a text sent to me by my dear sister, Sameera, an hour before my talk with Imam William Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui a pioneer in Islamic scholarship and activism in the United States, and Usama Canon founder of Ta’leef [Read More...]

Paradoxes in a Fajr Wonderland

By Rushain Abbasi I passed by the shadowy garbage cans and the mysterious sounds of a muffled ruckus greeted my ears, probably the mewing of ravenous cats searching for an early breakfast, wrestling each other for the last piece of wasted kinafah. As a rationalist Muslim I didn’t care much for ritual, so I rarely [Read More...]

Where Culture Overshadows “Deen,” the Unfortunate Suffer

Ayah* is an Egyptian-American disabled woman and single mother of two children who lives in a populous borough of New York City, home to between 600,000 and one million Muslims (reports vary on the exact number) and an estimated 175 masajid. Behind on her rent and unable to fully provide for her children, Ayah went [Read More...]


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