Hijra and the Black Muslim Experience

Recent political developments in the U.S. have prompted many to reexamine the situation that Black people face. The routine extrajudicial killing of Black women and men by police has become increasingly visible. Expressions of white supremacist nativism have become more prominent in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign [victory and now presidency]. And, Black people’s socioeconomic prospects remain bleak. One response has been to advocate for Black American migration, invoking our collective memory of once common calls for repatriation and mass exodus. [Read more…]

Top Ten Good News Stories of 2016

In Altmuslim tradition, we want to usher out the year and welcome 2017 by relating the Top Ten (in our opinion) Good Muslim News Stories of 2016. From triumphant stories at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to the breakout Muslim stars — Khizr and Ghazala Khan — from the Democratic National Convention to an all girls, all Muslim FemSTEM robotics team in California that defied the odds, there was plenty of joy and celebration as well! Check it out, in no particular order! [Read more…]

12 Issues and Stories that Captured the American Muslim Communities in 2016

From the firing of Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins back in January for wearing a headscarf in solidarity with Muslims to the possibility of a Muslim registry with the election of Donald J. Trump as our next President of the United States in November – 2016 has been a banner year of issues, controversies, election coverage and the loss of some great Muslims. [Read more…]

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9 Ways to Expand the Role of Imams in America

With the growing demands and needs of our community, it becomes important for masjid leadership to update job descriptions, roles and responsibilities of our imams in our masjids. There also needs to be adequate salaries, attractive perks and packages and bonuses to compensate our imams to ensure they perform at a high level. [Read more…]

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Moving Beyond Slacktivism on Syria: Samar’s Story

Samar’s story is one of hundreds of thousands of stories of Syrians whose lives have been cut short by war, but it’s one of the few that carries a name. Too many of these legacies have faded to numbers. In Aleppo in recent days, more than 82 civilians have been reported killed. We don’t know their names. [Read more…]

Trump, Interment Camps and Muslim Bans – an FAQ

By Maureen Pettibone Ryan Donald J. Trump has made several statements during his campaign that have given rise to concerns about civil rights in America, particularly for minority groups such as Muslim Americans. This essays serves as  a starting point to address the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s proposed policies regarding Muslims. Much of this discussion is [Read More…]