Hajj Reflections: Finding Peace in the Chaos

  By Naureen Aqueel I was 27 years old, and I was writing my will. I was apologizing to friends and family if I had ever done anything to hurt them. I was thinking over my life. It was an eerie feeling as I imagined the possibility of dying and never returning to my apartment. [Read More…]

France’s Burkini Ban Declared Illegal. Now What?

Embed from Getty Images By Rim-Sarah Alouane If you’ve been following the ongoing burkini debacle in France, you may have concluded that since hijabs and niqabs are already banned in certain circumstances and since anti-Muslim sentiment continues to increase, that a national affirmation of the burkini ban would have been a fait accompli. However, the French [Read More…]

On Burkini and (Athletic) Headscarf Bans – Stripping Muslim Women of their Right to Self-Determination

Embed from Getty Images By Aisha Rahman While France increases its bans on Muslim women’s dress, international sports agencies like FIBA decide whether a headscarf wearing woman is “valid” enough to play basketball. Women today are stripped, literally or otherwise, of our dignity and right to self-determination. Instead, we are reduced to what society deems [Read More…]

As a Muslim American Mom – Fighting for My Country, My Children

Embed from Getty Images By Sofia Ali-Khan 1982, I began fasting half-days during Ramadan for the first time, my hands painted with henna in celebration. I was in Mrs. Campbell’s third grade class; the only Muslim in a school of more than three hundred children. She growled my name “So-fee-AAH! We do not write on [Read More…]

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My Hijab Doesn’t Define Me

What if I told you that the way I dress is not a state of being? That who I am fluctuates, and what I wear is not a sign of strengthened or weakened faith in God? Hijab is not my identity. [Read more…]

Accepting & Welcoming Marginalized and So-Called “Bad Muslims” – A Tool Against Extremism

Embed from Getty Images By Ali Asadullah Close your eyes for a minute. Now picture in your mind’s eye the image of “good” Muslim. Visualize how that person dresses, how they walk, talk and behave. Think of their daily habits as well as those things that they avoid as they walk through their lives. Now [Read More…]