Supporting Ourselves and Each Other – A Spiritual Response to These Times

By Afeefa Syeed “I just don’t even know how to feel; I’m either numb in my mind or hurting in my heart.” Over the past decade and half, American Muslims have seen aspects of this complicated identity play out: Besides more than one family losing a relative in the Twin Towers, in another family a [Read More…]

From Madinah to Makkah – How Hajj Prepares Us to Do the Hard Work

Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Altmuslim’s Hajj 2015 reflection series. By Wadud Hassan By the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), my family and I were fortunate to perform our Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah last year. We had a very pleasant journey and a great experience to remember for the [Read More…]

A Muslim Son Honors His Mother with Christmas Cheer

By Sabina Khan-Ibarra I was raised in a conservative Muslim household — we prayed five times a day, we read the Quran daily, we fasted during Ramadan and we didn’t celebrate Christmas. We celebrated Thanksgiving, which as “thankful” Americans and Muslims, my parents didn’t hesitate to celebrate. Halloween was an annual debate- some years, we [Read More…]

The Raw Deal for Muslim Dads

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This year’s Father’s Day is extra special for me: for one thing, I have the weekend off, and thus I can spend the day with my family and not have to worry about rounding and taking hospital call. More importantly, however, is that I [Read More…]