Calling Spades Across the Divide in the Comedy of Errors – The Saga of Umar Lee and the Islamists

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By Ahmed Younis and Dr. Bassem Youssef Umar Lee left Islam — and then came back. One of the things Egyptians and Americans have in common is professional wrestling. Weekly translations of the glory years of WWF episodes have ensured that there is nothing missed (in translation) between the youth of our two worlds. From [Read More...]

Parenting in the Age of New Media – Advice for (Muslim) Parents

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By Maher Budeir We often hear the phrases, “When I was your age…” or “The youth these days are different” or “It is all because of access to video games and other bad stuff on Facebook,” when we hear our elders speaking of the younger generation. But, is it really so? Is the current generation [Read More...]

Nine Lessons for New Converts/Reverts to Islam

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By Olivia Kompier So you’ve converted/reverted to Islam. What now? 1. It Gets Easier The beginning is always the hardest.  You’ve found the truth, fulfillment, and a sense of peace you never imagined possible.  A handful of people can’t wait to share Islam with their families, but for most of us, breaking the news to [Read More...]

A Muslimah’s Story – I Chose to Have An Abortion (Part Two)

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By Iman Ahmed (This is part two of a two part series. Click here for part one.) After perusing all the scholarly material addressing the topic of abortion that I could find, and finding that options to terminate a pregnancy before 120 days into the pregnancy were well grounded in the Islamic tradition, I felt [Read More...]

A Muslimah’s Story – I Chose to Have an Abortion (Part One)

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By Iman Ahmed I am a Muslim woman and I chose to have an abortion. There are a few things you should know about me: I consider my religion to be the defining aspect of my life; I am an active member of my community, particularly in the area of women’s education and empowerment; and, [Read More...]

Confronting Fear One Month After the Boston Marathon Bombings

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By Obaid H. Siddiqui “To him who is in fear, everything rustles.” — Sophocles At about the 23rd mile of the Boston Marathon, Azeem Khan started receiving texts on his phone. The stream of messages weren’t out of the ordinary because he informed friends and supporters earlier via Facebook to text him with encouraging thoughts [Read More...]


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