When Online Muslim Friends Provide Love and Community – A Convert’s Ramadan Story

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This is Day Seven of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Sarah Ager I broke my first ever Ramadan fast with a beer. I said my shahada (profession of faith as a Muslim) over Skype. My first hijab was a beach sarong. And before I had the Arabic pegged, I used to substitute the unlearned [Read More...]

Forging New Muslim-Jewish Engagement: Reflections on MLI

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The Muslim Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, has been a topic of great controversy in the American Muslim community and beyond. Altmuslim is publishing a few perspectives this week, and we welcome your comments below. By Maggie Siddiqi Last year, I was feeling pretty tired of the Jewish-Muslim dialogue scene in North [Read More...]

Book Review – Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family

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By Saadia Faruqi Are you a Muslim man with a non-Muslim wife? Or perhaps you are that rarer breed of Muslim woman who has broken with tradition and married a non-Muslim? Are you the child of an interfaith marriage? Regardless of theological implications, you may be having a difficult time managing an interfaith relationship while [Read More...]

The Golden Rule to Becoming Better People Through Religious Practices

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By Ameena Jandali and Dr. Henry Millstein As we near the end of Ramadan, it is appropriate to reflect on the purpose of this sacred month. Throughout the month, Muslims have engaged in a number of special spiritual practices, including fasting, supererogatory prayers and the reading of the Quran. All of these actions are aimed [Read More...]

Twelve Years Later, The Ramifications of 9/11 Run Deep for Muslims

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By Kinza Khan I have always been fascinated with the subjects of law, politics, history and sociology. The more I learn about history, the more I realize that Islam has played an important role in shaping American history. Many slaves were African-American Muslims and introduced America to Islam. Many jazz musicians in Chicago were Muslim [Read More...]

A Convert’s Story – How Becoming a Muslim is a Work in Progress

Praying on the plains of Arafat

By Stephanie Luna Wallace “Noni, Mami has a prayer shirt, and I have a prayer hat. Don’t you have one?” That’s how my mother discovered I had converted to Islam. I had been praying the five daily prayers for three months, and my four-year-old finally found a way to communicate my new habit. Certainly not [Read More...]


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