Telling Our Own Truths – The Forward-Moving American Muslim Narrative

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By Deonna Kelli Sayed A full moon hung low one North Carolina night. Omar ibn Said was on the run from his South Carolina master, who had almost beaten him to death a month earlier. When Omar came upon a church, he whispered “Praise Allah” under his breath. He took ablutions by the well in [Read More...]

Will My Family Go to Heaven?

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By Anna Wittman I converted to Islam for many reasons, but the most important of those was the holistic teaching of justice I found pervasive in the Quran and life of Prophet Muhammad. What most people do not expect, however, is that in the two years leading up to my conversion and continuing after, I [Read More...]

ISNA 2013 – Reflections on Sacred Space: Where’s My Place

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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 Marwa Aly Just pray. This was a text sent to me by my dear sister, Sameera, an hour before my talk with Imam William Webb of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), [Read More...]

Combating Islamophobia — Breaking through the Invisibility Cloak


By Dr. Henry Millstein and Maha Elgenaidi The advent of Ramadan this year on July 9 brings to mind the ongoing hold of Islamophobic ideology on the American public. Despite years of struggle on this issue by Muslims and their allies, the most recent Pew poll of attitudes towards Muslims in May 2013 shows that 40 [Read More...]

Skinny Dipping in Ramadan

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By Rushain Abbasi When thinking about the month of Ramadan, I often recall a story I heard from a peculiar Muslim scholar. In an attempt to advise Muslims on preparation for this holy month, he spoke of an odd incident from his relatively unorthodox youth. Traveling in the backwoods of Europe, he passed by a [Read More...]

‘Getting It’ This Ramadan


By Aaron Vlek I’ve been really looking forward to Ramadan this year. I look forward to it every year actually, and usually look to its long days and rituals as something of a spiritual retreat, an inner vacation and a time of heightened awareness and togetherness with fellow Muslims far and wide that I don’t [Read More...]