Reflections from My Hajj – Activists, Advocates, Quietists

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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 will be featuring a few of his reflections this week, as Barker settles back into his post-Hajj life. I recently returned home from Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and I’ve been thinking [Read More...]

How Do We Take Malala’s Dream and Make it a Reality?

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By Rushdi Siddiqui “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Mahatma Gandhi. When the first lady of a Muslim country talks about education for girls, it’s not only expected, but, many believe there is an agenda behind it. When an education minister talks about education [Read More...]

Vote, Because Islam Tells You To

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Election 2012 – American Muslims VOTE! By Rabia Chaudry President Obama bombed in the first presidential debate. But I’m going to vote for him anyway. He said he would close Guantanamo and didn’t. But I’m going to vote for him anyway. He’s increased the drone strikes and civilian deaths overseas, facilitated in the erosion of [Read More...]

Hanging with The Muslims

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By Steven Scholl On Labor Day weekend, I spent four days hanging out with 15,000 Muslims at the Islamic Society of North America’s 49th annual convention in Washington, D.C. As one of the few non-Muslims in attendance, I was able to eavesdrop on hundreds of conversations swirling around me, take in several talks by prominent [Read More...]

The Battle Between the Sacred and the Profane

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By Obaid H. Siddiqui The attacks two weeks ago on the embassies in Cairo (and later in Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan), and the truly tragic deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and others, has reignited the false dichotomy of Western values and Islamic beliefs. Once again, right-wing pundits exclaim that Muslims and [Read More...]

Muslims, You’ve Got a Great Deal of Work to Do

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By Ahmed Younis When you burn the American flag you burn my flesh. When you speak ill of the Prophets of God, you stab me in the eye. Understanding with any clarity what happened in Cairo and Benghazi on Tuesday will take some time as we gather facts and move past the emotion of our [Read More...]

Why is Polygamy Allowed in Islam? How is it Best Practiced?

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By Zahra Grant “And among His signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find comfort and repose in them, and He put between you love and compassion; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect.” (Quran 30:21) After reading Mehrunisa Qayyum’s article, “Polygamy: A Practical [Read More...]

Practicing Islam is Not an All or Nothing Attitude

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By Nasia Ullas A few weeks back, at an office get together, a colleague (who isn’t Muslim) told me how he used to fast four days for a particular festival observed in his faith. But he stopped fasting once he started eating meat (meat is to them what bacon and pork products are to us Muslims). He [Read More...]

Ramadan Reflection – God is Beautiful, and He Loves Beauty

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By Muqtedar Khan The holy month of Ramadan has come again, and millions of Muslims worldwide count their blessings. They feel fortunate that they are getting one more opportunity to rededicate their lives to God; another chance to reboot their spiritual orientation. For many Muslims, Ramadan is a boot camp for rituals. Pray more, play [Read More...]

Where’s My Space to Pray in This Mosque?

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By Hind Makki I’d like to share with you a story from the reign of Umar, the second Caliph of Islam (may God be pleased with him) which carries powerful lessons today. One of the wives of Umar bin Al-Khattab used to offer the Fajr and the Isha prayers in congregation in the Mosque. She [Read More...]