When Online Muslim Friends Provide Love and Community – A Convert’s Ramadan Story

This is Day Seven of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Sarah Ager I broke my first ever Ramadan fast with a beer. I said my shahada (profession of faith as a Muslim) over Skype. My first hijab was a beach sarong. And before I had the Arabic pegged, I used to substitute the unlearned [Read More…]

Longing for Mercy and the Comfort of Suhoor in Ramadan

This is Day Four of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Ambata Kazi-Nance I took my shahada (declaration of faith as a Muslim) on October 30, 2001, just two weeks before the start of Ramadan. My Muslim friends were concerned for me, asking me repeatedly if I was ready for the long fasting days ahead and [Read More…]

Not Your Inspiration Porn – Why I Don’t Owe You My Conversion Story

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Rites of Passage. Read other perspectives here. By Leanne Scorzoni How did you come to Islam? When did you convert? Will you tell me your story? Mashallah, you are such an inspiration to us! There’s a term used to describe stories of people who have overcome great [Read More…]

What Drives a Muslim to Leave His/Her Faith?

Editorial Note: In recent months, we’ve seen more coverage of Islam by the Patheos Atheist channel as well as a growing spotlight on the relationship and interactions between Atheists and Muslims in wake of the Chapel Hill shootings. One of Patheos’ Atheist bloggers, Kaveh Mousavi, considers himself an ex-Muslim and writes about his conversion-to-deconversion process here. [Read More…]

Can Zionists and Muslims Talk? The Reasons for MLI

  The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives, and we welcome your comments below. By Donniel Hartman The Shalom Hartman Institute started the Muslim Leadership Initiative at the request of Imam Abdullah [Read More…]

Being UnMosqued and Complacent is No Longer an Option

By Maha Elgenaidi I broke down in tears recently while recording an interview for the Taleef Collective, which really surprised me.  I was talking with the filmmaker Mustafa Davis about my views on the purposes of masajid in the United States and how much the experience of being a part of one was lacking in [Read More…]


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