Noor Tagouri and Playboy – Empowerment, Assimilation or Colonialism?

By Hajara Shareef The Muslim community’s response to Noor Tagouri’s appearance in Playboy has been generally been one of condemnation or support. Despite the opposition of their differing opinions, the one thing they both share is that their responses are reactionary. Both fixate on the small picture of Noor’s actions (should she have done this?), [Read More…]

Hajj and the Single Woman

By Laura P. Hajj season is always somewhat bittersweet for me. For a number of years after I converted, I didn’t have enough savings to contemplate going on hajj. More recently, as my financial situation improved for the better and as I remosqued, I began to look more seriously into what would be necessary to [Read More…]

Women’s History Month: Learning from Wise Women in All Stages of Life

By Anisha Ismail Patel Its 1991, I am 18 years old, young and impressionable. My sweet sister-in-law Rubina takes me to a women’s charity event being held at the elegant Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre, Malawi.  The positive energy being radiated from the amazing role models in the room wraps me around like a warm [Read More…]

Sexual Violence in the Muslim Community – Creating Safe, Resourceful Communities

By Nadiah Mohajir #Act4Survivors The recent news of sexual violence in the Muslim community has sparked much conversation around sexual violence, and what we as a community can do to address it and effectively support our survivors. Allegations against an Islamic school teacher in Florida and a substitute teacher in New Jersey along with emerging allegations [Read More…]

Ramadan 2014 – The Quran and the Recitation

This article comes on Day 12 of our special Altmuslim/Patheos Muslim Ramadan #30Days30Writers blog project, in which we are showcasing the voices of 30 Muslim leaders, activists, scholars, writers, youth and more (one on each day of Ramadan) as part of our commitment to own our own narratives and show how we are one Ummah, [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…]