What Mother Mary Means to Me

The house in which Mary is purported to have lived her last years, located in  Mt. Koressos in the vicinity of Ephesus, near Selçuk in Turkey.

By Afeefa Syeed At Christmas time I hum along to the Little Drummer Boy song. I always wanted to be that drummer who gave a gift to the new born King and makes Mary smile. And I’m reminded again that the more I learn and reflect about the many manifestations of Mary, mother of Jesus, [Read More...]

Video: Lesley Hazleton on How Doubt is Essential to Faith

By LesleyHazleton From time to time Altmuslim likes to feature interesting videos exploring Islam, Muslims and interfaith discussions. This recent TED video from Lesley Hazleton, who wrote The First Muslim (a biography of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and who blogs at the Accidental Theologist, caught our eye.  For an agnostic Jew like myself, writing a [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...]

The ‘Gay-Muslim’ Phenomenon – Why Islam Considers Homosexuality a Sin

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Altmuslim published two viewpoints on homosexuality in Islam and thoughts about equality in marriage, which is being debated by the Supreme Court. The first, which argues that homosexuality and marriage for homosexuals should be accepted in Islam, is from Pamela Taylor. The second, which argues that homosexuality is a sin in Islam, is from Gareth [Read More...]

Lesley Hazleton’s TEDx Talk on Stereotyping Islam

Author Lesley Hazleton, who blogs at The Accidental Theologist, recently gave a TEDx talk on the “Seeing Muhammad and Others” and the inherent problems with stereotyping Islam. Watch for yourself, and please comment below. Lesley Hazleton’s new book, The First Muslim: the Story of Muhammad, will be published on January 24 (www.TheFirstMuslim.com). Her previous book, [Read More...]

My Hajj Reflections – The Greatest Jihad

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By Davi Barker Davi Barker, who writes at The Muslim Agorist and for other publications, recently returned from his Hajj pilgrimage. Altmuslim is featuring a few of his reflections this week, as Barker settles back into his post-Hajj life. Earlier this month I returned home from Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. They say the [Read More...]


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