MUHSEN and ReMosque-ing Individuals and Families with Special Needs

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the  Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Muslim community here. By Joohi Tahir Sure enough, they start to stare. Even more than the children, it’s the adults who are staring.  Sadly, this is a typical reaction to individuals with disabilities who “dare” to enter our [Read More...]

UnMosqued – Bringing Back Relevancy to the Mosque

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the  Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Muslim community here.  By Laila Alawa I am unmosqued. The decision came after years of struggle, gendered micro-aggressions and a lack of understanding for personal authenticity on the part of mosque leadership. I had fought long and [Read More...]

The Power of Perception and the Stigma of Mental Illness in Our Muslim Community

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By Laila Alawa I usually say it with a smile and a laugh. “I’m depressed, you know.” It’s my response to conversations on mental health in our community that often spiral into the “we don’t have those issues in our community” declaration. My response always comes as a shock to the person I am speaking [Read More...]

Dear All Muslims – An Open Letter about Gender-Based Violence, Rape Culture and Community Priorities

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By Samar Kaukab Ahmed Dear Absolutely Everyone in the Muslim Community: What does it take for our scholars, thought leaders, and community shepherds to understand that gender-based violence is a form of institutionalized oppression – one that belongs on the list of every Imam’s duas at the end of every communal prayer? How long does [Read More...]

The Blessed Ones — Helping Families with Special Needs in our Communities

Sarah and her younger brother Muneer, who is one of her best friends.

By Salim Patel SMILE for Charity, a local non-profit located in Northern New Jersey, recently had the blessed opportunity to host a very special group.  As I looked around the room I felt a wide range of raw emotions emanating from the group. Emotions usually kept hidden, but on this occasion, that was not necessary. I saw [Read More...]


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