Ramadan, Charleston and the Serenity within the Storm

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Spencer Means

By Zainab Chaudry This is Day Two of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. Ramadan is upon us. We are among the lucky ones who have lived to see it again. The month of Ramadan is a time for introspection and reflection; an opportunity to refocus and reconnect with our Creator. But, this year, it’s off [Read More...]

It is Violent Extremism, Not Islamic Extremism

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By Junaid M. Afeef President Obama’s remarks at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast — particularly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are in fact betraying it — are timely if not overdue. Muslims in America, particularly youth, deserve to hear the president speaking accurately about Islam at a time [Read More...]

Charlie Hebdo, Muslim Condemnation and Owning Our Problems

King Fahad Academy's mosque in East Acton. Photo courtesy of wikimedia commons

By Usman Ahmad Islam is once again under the spotlight for its supposed role in the recent Charlie Hebdo killings, sparking more calls for Muslim condemnation and a fierce discussion on the limits of freedom of speech. The British Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles has made his own entry into the debate with a letter sent [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11 and Sowing the Seeds of Love and Tolerance

9/11 Memorial

By Zainab Chaudry On the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, our nation remembers the 3,000 lives that were senselessly taken that day. As we salute the sacrifice of heroes who rushed to rescue and as we empathize with the pain of loved ones who grieve, I can’t help but reflect on the aftermath [Read More...]

Why Aren’t Muslim Nations Rising Against ISIS?

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By Hesham A. Hassaballa The horror of ISIS continues, seemingly unabated. Making good on their threat, ISIS terrorists murdered a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, in an act of true bloodthirsty barbarism, and they threaten do to the same to a British national. This is in apparent revenge for U.S. airstrikes against ISIS positions in the [Read More...]

Empowering the Community to Deal with Extremism in Our Mosques

MPAC safe spaces initiative

By Salam Al-Marayati When Adam Yahiye Gadahn was kicked out of an Orange County mosque in 2004, it was for good reason. He was a troublemaker who only meant more trouble for that mosque. Gadahn was kicked out for creating firestorms of controversies for his actions and was remembered as being “angry, rigidly pious, and hypercritical [Read More...]


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