Ramadan Reflections – In Search of Connections and a Brighter Future

Whether it’s neighbors who proudly display Trump signs on their lawn, or the casual racism of allies who expect all Muslims to condemn the actions of a deviant few, to those who can laugh off Trump as a blip on America’s political history while his administration puts the lives of others in danger, it’s been a challenge this year to find the peace this holy month usually brings. [Read more…]

How American Sunni/Shi’a Muslims Can Help Combat Political ‘Sectarianism’

As Muslims spend the month [of Ramadan] coming together, it is important to talk about the rift between Democrats and Republicans. And, as Muslims have learned from their mistakes in sectarianism, it is critical that America does not repeat the past. [Read more…]

On Ramadan Christmas Carols, The Three Stooges and Shi’a-Sunni Bonds

When we drove to big city, Des Moines, my parents would stop at payphones and search for Muslim-sounding names in the phone book. They discovered a community whose locus was a house of Malaysian students near the campus of Drake University. This makeshift mosque was the first place that I experienced communal iftaars. [Read more…]

Building Sunni-Shi’a Unity, One Mosque Visit at a Time

By Mohiuddin Ahmed “When do you want to go to Bait-ul-Ilm to pray,” my wife Nausheen asked. “Bait ul Ilm?” “Heena’s mosque,” she reminded me. Her friend had given her an open invitation to visit the masjid at some point, and given the spate of recent attacks on Shi’a masjids in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, this [Read More…]

Contemplating Liberation on Ramadan’s Night of Power

This is Day 18 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Shereen Yousuf One of the most auspicious occasions during Ramadan is the night that Muslims believe the Quran was revealed, a night we call Laylatul Qadr or the “Night of Power.” I would like to utilize this space to share one supplication that [Read More…]

The History of Ashura – Why We Should Remember

By Safiyyah Surtee Writing about Muharram, the day of Ashura and the events of Karbala from a non-sectarian perspective is not simple, but I believe there can be reconciliation. I grew up in a home where Muharram is a time of celebration, as it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar, as well the hijrah [Read More…]