On Black American Muslim Contributions to the Fabric of Our Society

Over the years, many Black American Muslims have been at the forefront of articulating Islamic thought for the growing American Muslim community. But, this seems to have changed as a dominant narrative has taken over. [Read more…]

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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Ramadan Reflection – Bearing Witness for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse/Assault

This is Day 24 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. Trigger warning: This essay discusses sexual abuse and the assault of women, men and children, the abuse of power by religious figures and institutions and also discusses of victim-shaming. By Jenan Mohajir A few months ago, I found myself in a situation where I had [Read More…]

Is There Room for Discourse and Critical Thinking in Islam?

By Marwa Abdelghani I would like to begin by stating that my sentiments in the following anecdote are my own, personal opinion.I tell it as an attempt to reveal the beauty of discourse. I walked by the “Dawah Day” booth of the Muslim student group at my university and read something that I found interesting. [Read More…]

Rock Star Imams and Scholars – Avoiding the Pitfalls

By Safia Latif Today, a new set of Muslim scholars have emerged — on the red carpet. They are decorated in traditional pious garb: long flowing gowns and trendsetting scarves. They stride elegantly down the crimson walkway where they are met by follower-fans who eagerly praise and lionize them. In this Hollywood reality, celebrity scholars [Read More…]

Boko Haram’s Deluded Understanding of Faith and Women

By Haris Tarin It was 1984.  The Russians had invaded Afghanistan, and the country was in the midst of a brutal war that destroyed cities, pillaged villages, killed hundreds of thousands of people and ruined millions of lives. My parents’ only concern was to get their six children out of the country so we could [Read More…]