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…]

Night and Day: Elie Wiesel and a Muslim Writer

By Jillian Pikora The world recently lost an amazing man (among many great losses this year), who has influenced the lives of many. I never thought an old Jewish man would be so influential to this Muslim woman’s life, especially since I first learned about him when I was a Catholic girl. Before I stumbled [Read More…]

My Intersectional Identities: LGBTQ Muslim Reflections on the Orlando Shootings

This is Day 27 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Laura P. As I let myself into my apartment, the clock showed 1 a.m. A sister at the mosque had just dropped me off at home after tarawih – two hours of prayer on these Ramadan nights. I have a strict rule not to [Read More…]

Interfaith Respect: Better Understanding Other Faiths (and Our Own) Through Scriptural Reading

By Maha Elgenaidi I recently attended and spoke at one of Pacifica Institute’s interfaith iftars, held at a major synagogue in the Bay Area that opened its doors to celebrate with Muslims the month of Ramadan. The event was packed, as these events usually are, with congregants both from the synagogue and neighboring churches and [Read More…]