CVE Critics are Right, and CVE is Still Necessary

President Obama speaking at the CVE Summit, photo courtesy of Department of State

By Junaid M. Afeef & Alejandro J. Beutel The Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris in January 2015 seemed to renew the Obama Administration’s push for implementing countering violent extremism (CVE) as an alternative paradigm to the excesses of the War on Terror. However, many civil liberties groups, including several within the American Muslim community, have [Read More...]

A Ramadan Cocoon for the Butterflies

Flickr Creative Commons,  Photo by Mike McGuff

This is Day 30 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Naazish YarKhan This has been one of my most fulfilling Ramadans. We’ve honored its many nuances together, as a family, and even as an extended family. But I’ve also flitted after distractions. Chances for ibadah (worship) that I let slip, unfulfilled promises to [Read More...]

The Soul of Our Family – A Ramadan Love story

Picture capturing, in many ways, the soul of our family. Taken during Ramadan 1434/2013.

This is Day 29 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Precious Rasheeda Muhammad “There is no soul but has a protector over it.” —The Holy Quran, Surat At-Tariq, 86:4 We were in our navy blue Dodge Caravan, the one my husband Carl travelled from Virginia to New Jersey to buy from a government [Read More...]

Not Because It’s Easy, But Because It’s Hard

Flickr Creative Commons, Photo by user Cajetan Barretto

This is Day 27 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Zainab Chaudary “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” — President John F. Kennedy, Jr. (Address at Rice University, September 12 1962) My first memory [Read More...]

Ramadan Reflection – Bearing Witness for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse/Assault

I am not to blame

This is Day 24 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. Trigger warning: This essay discusses sexual abuse and the assault of women, men and children, the abuse of power by religious figures and institutions and also discusses of victim-shaming. By Jenan Mohajir A few months ago, I found myself in a situation where I had [Read More...]

Ramadan – The Month of Sincerity – AUDIO

sincerity

This is Day 23 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Dawud Walid I recently gave a sermon entitled “Ramadan: Month of Sincerity.” The sermon was based upon the sacred narration in which the Almighty said, “Every action of a child of Adam is for him [or her] except fasting, for surely it is [Read More...]


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