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The Challenge of Being Unmosqued in Ramadan

Even though I'm Unmosqued*, Ramadan is the time of year when I wholeheartedly immerse myself in a constant Muslim community. Sometimes, that community is not mosque-based, like when I experienced Ramadan and Eid with Chicago's convert community 2 years ago. But typically, I will visit the same mosque every night for Taraweeh, the extra prayers that Sunni Muslims offer in community every night during Ramadan. I will get to know the women who pray near me, we will bring each other sweets to savor … [Read More...]

Puritans

Are Millennial Muslims Doomed To Become Unmosqued?

Unique among Western and industrialized nations, the US boasts a high rate of people who say they believe in God. Not all of these people regularly go to church, synagogue , mosque or temple, but over 90% of adult Americans say they believe in a Divine Being. The US is the most religiously diverse country in the world and the most religiously devout country in the West. I believe that this is because religion has remained in the realm of the marketplace of ideas since the time the first Puritans … [Read More...]

Digital Duas and Real World Action #BringBackOurGirls

This week has seen an uptick in activism - social and on the ground - and awareness raising of the situation of nearly 300 school girls who were abducted by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram last month. Protests have been planned in capitols around the world, a hashtag campaign … [Read More...]

Remosquing: Imams, Our Expectations and Their Salaries

I came across this article (2012) which is about the salaries American imams receive as compared to their Jewish and Christian counterparts and read it with eyes that had recently watched the new documentary Unmosqued*. The film dives into the deeply discomforting question of why Millennials, … [Read More...]

A Smile is Charity: Happy Muslims & All That Jazz

Last week, an anonymous British Muslim group, The Honesty Policy, released a video of diverse Muslims in London clapping, dancing, shimmying, laughing and smiling in their own version of Pharrell's viral hit, Happy. Unsurprisingly, there was a social media backlash to the video (which has since … [Read More...]

A Christian Response to Islamophobia

Early last week, the mosque down the street from my house was shot at by persons unknown during early morning prayers. Approximately 40 worshipers were in attendance, and thankfully none of them were hurt during the attack. I've written before about local resistance to the building of this mosque. … [Read More...]

Linksies: Misogynies, Fauxpologies – We Deserve Better Than These

The Muslim social media world is abuzz this week about a certain British religious teacher's deeply misogynistic "jokes" about International Women's Day, his morally repugnant responses to the people who took offense to his attempt at humor and his organization's decision to close ranks and support … [Read More...]

The Adab of #MuslimMaleAllies

One night during my freshman year of college, a friend of mine and I were discussing the bitter breakup of Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's marriage. My memory is hazy as to the beginnings of this conversation, but I clearly remember confidently saying to her that religious Muslim men would … [Read More...]

As American as Bean Pie: Muslims & Black History Month

I was asked to share my thoughts for a Huffington Post Religion piece that came out this week, on the diverse spiritualities of African Americans. It's an engaging piece and I was honored to share my thoughts for it. I identify as black, African and American, so I don't feel completely out of place … [Read More...]

Being Black and Muslim

This week, those of you on Twitter may have noticed your Muslim friends using the hashtag #BeingBlackAndMuslim to describe their experiences - both beautiful and sad - of being, well, black and Muslim (here's a great Storify that sums up the conversation). This online discussion is part of a larger … [Read More...]

America, the Beautiful

In my entire life, I have never watched an American football game (my friends make fun of me when I say that, but, really, it's the best way to differentiate it from the football that is played using one's foot and with an actual ball: Fútbol. "Olé!), nor have I ever participated in the national r … [Read More...]

Mawlid – an Opportunity for Intrafaith Dialogue

In the last few weeks, Muslims around the world have been celebrating the month in which our beloved Prophet was born (the Mawlid I wrote about here). Last week I accepted an invitation by the Sunni-Shia Unity Council of Chicago to attend an intrafaith dialogue program, held annually on the occasion … [Read More...]

Mawlid 2014: Praise Songs from Around the World

We are in the season of Mawlid - the month in which Muslims around the world celebrate the birthday of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims celebrate our Prophet's birthday by fasting, learning more about his character and life, and attending communal gatherings where songs and poetry are … [Read More...]

2013′s 13 Most Talked About Mosque Photos

In 2013, the photo blog I curate on women's prayer spaces in mosques around the world, Side Entrance, reached thousands of people and helped to spark a dynamic online and off-line conversation about the spaces Muslim women occupy in our mosques in particular and in our communities in general. Here … [Read More...]


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