In Times of Crisis, How Can Communities Heal?

Today, countless Muslim parents across the country may be telling their daughters not to wear the hijab, advising whether they should attend mosque services or not and cautioning them to be hyper vigilant as they go out in public. It does not have to be this way. [Read more…]

In Ramadan and Beyond – What Does it Mean to be a ‘Good Muslim?’

I don’t cover my head. I don’t pray five times a day. I didn’t marry a Muslim man. I’m not “The Muslim” they expect to see. [Read more…]

Last 10 days of Ramadan – Learning Impulse Control and Accountability

I’ve been actively thinking about the last 10 days/nights of Ramadan and how I want to observe them. This is the time when the Prophet (pbuh) would push himself in worship and devotion, more than any other period during the year. I decided that along with focusing on my ibadaat and charitable deeds, now is the best time for me to renew my commitment to living well with mental illness. [Read more…]

On Ramadan Christmas Carols, The Three Stooges and Shi’a-Sunni Bonds

When we drove to big city, Des Moines, my parents would stop at payphones and search for Muslim-sounding names in the phone book. They discovered a community whose locus was a house of Malaysian students near the campus of Drake University. This makeshift mosque was the first place that I experienced communal iftaars. [Read more…]

The Religion (Islam) Between Immigrant Parents and their Children on Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None”

On Aziz Ansari’s “Netflix” comedy, “Master of None,” the “Religion” episode tackles the differences between parents’ religion and that of their children. But between the religious and serious and nonreligious and fun, is there any room for those living in between? [Read more…]

How Ramadan Can Boost Some Towards Salafism

It is clear that Ramadan and the social activities it fosters – such as tarawih and iftar – has helped to create an environment in which conservative practices, such as the niqab, are judged by the women to be right and praiseworthy, rather than extreme and embarrassing, and has led some to embrace Salafism. [Read more…]