Ramadan 2014 – The Quran and the Recitation

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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

The author and his family in Afghanistan.

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...]

Dear All Muslims – An Open Letter about Gender-Based Violence, Rape Culture and Community Priorities

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By Samar Kaukab Ahmed Dear Absolutely Everyone in the Muslim Community: What does it take for our scholars, thought leaders, and community shepherds to understand that gender-based violence is a form of institutionalized oppression – one that belongs on the list of every Imam’s duas at the end of every communal prayer? How long does [Read More...]

Women Struggle to be Heard in the Mosque

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By Safiya Ravat Two Muslim women enter a mosque (no, this isn’t the opener of a lame joke). Both sisters join the prayer, enjoying the Imam’s melodious recitation over the loud speaker — the only communication they have with the walled off men’s prayer area where the Iman stands, leading the prayer. They kneel down [Read More...]

A Muslimah’s Story – I Chose to Have An Abortion (Part Two)

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By Iman Ahmed (This is part two of a two part series. Click here for part one.) After perusing all the scholarly material addressing the topic of abortion that I could find, and finding that options to terminate a pregnancy before 120 days into the pregnancy were well grounded in the Islamic tradition, I felt [Read More...]

A Muslimah’s Story – I Chose to Have an Abortion (Part One)

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By Iman Ahmed I am a Muslim woman and I chose to have an abortion. There are a few things you should know about me: I consider my religion to be the defining aspect of my life; I am an active member of my community, particularly in the area of women’s education and empowerment; and, [Read More...]


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