Death and Destruction in Ramadan – Baghdad, Dhaka, Istanbul and Beyond

This is day 28 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Dilshad D. Ali How many of us were taught as children and adults that upon the start of Ramadan, shaytaan (the devil) is chained up, allowing us to be free of temptations and focus even more so bettering ourselves, increasing our ibadat (worship) and [Read More…]

Why Violence in the Name of Islam Draws Comparisons to the KKK and Christianity.

  Editorial Note: Ali Asadullah, a long-time journalist and writer, is a new columnist for Altmuslim. His columns will be appearing the third week of every month, insha’Allah. His first column is part one of a two-part series looking at the roots of Muslim extremism, KKK comparisons and what brought us to our current crisis. [Read More…]

Moving Past the Condemnations: Recognizing Muslims’ Contributions to Our Public Safety

By Alejandro J. Beutel, Stephanie Choi, Sarala Prabhu and Erika Swanson Over the past several months, questions and scrutiny surrounding American Muslims have intensified, particularly amid heated Presidential campaign rhetoric, the Paris attacks, San Bernardino and most recently, Brussels. As a result, many have raised an oft-repeated pair of questions: “Why aren’t American Muslims and [Read More…]

Don’t Call it Islamophobia, Call it Islamo-Racism – the “Otherizing” of Religion and Race

By Jaideep Singh February 10, Abdul Jamil Kamawal, a 68-year-old Afghani American man, was bludgeoned to death with a shovel in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Remembered as “a pillar in the Muslim community,” he had helped refugees settle in the region for over two decades. Abdul Jamil Kamawal He also founded two non-profit organizations that [Read More…]

#NotMyAmerica – An Open Letter to Jon Ritzheimer and Protesting Bikers in Arizona

By Zainab Chaudry On the holy day of Friday, Muslims around the world set aside daily distractions and re-direct their focus solely on God. Today, however, as Muslim communities across the nation prepare to gather for congregational prayers, one community in Arizona has reason to be more distracted than usual. As Muslims drive to their mosques this [Read More…]

What Good is Religion? What Good is Islam?

By Hesham A. Hassaballa Editor’s Note: This post was written as part of a Patheos symposium in response to the following prompt: “We all know the media mantra, ‘What bleeds, leads.’ Bad news sells, and there’s nothing like a juicy religious scandal to drive traffic. Yet, for every sordid religious story, there are any number of [Read More…]


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