Questioning the Mosque

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory Friday series By Alia Sarfraz If we are to confront the topic of mosques, we must first address these questions: What’s in a name? Growing up, we would often refer to the Muslim house of worship as a ‘mosque,’ instead of using the Arabic word masjid. It was [Read More…]

Mosque Status Quo

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory Friday series By Julie Siddiqi Just before this Ramadan started, I attended a talk at my local mosque called ‘Preparation for Ramadan.’ The speaker does regular sessions at that mosque and it said ‘men and women welcome’ so I decided to go. Women were upstairs, men downstairs. There [Read More…]

Is Hijab Glamor Kryptonite?

A few years ago, one of my friends left her family and friends to work in a Gulf Arab state. A hijabi Muslim woman with a Moroccan name, she had found it exceedingly difficult to secure long-term employment in Belgium, where she was born and raised. My friend had remained perennially underemployed in spite of [Read More…]

How a Mosque Can Welcome Women

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory series which will feature a story every Friday By Dudu Kücükgöl I have never felt so welcome in a mosque! A few weeks before Ramadan we heard that a mosque nearby re-opened. My family and I wanted to see the new mosque, so we went there for Friday [Read More…]

A Muslim Prayer for Hiroshima

70 years ago, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed 140,000 people out of a total population of 350,000. By dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki, the US and Allied forces effectively ended World War Two. My school teachers and textbooks always seemed to gloss over the [Read More…]

The Biggest Masjid

  This is Day 30 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Nevien Shaabneh We drove under the dark canopy of the Chicago skyline. Rain tap-danced God’s mercy as I sat transfixed at my new world. Buildings loomed boasting with lights – man made mountains – unlike anything I had ever seen before. I [Read More…]

The Journey to Being Regularly Mosqued

This is Day 29 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Christal Williams As a revert to Islam, and an irregular mosque-goer, I always get a slight paranoid feeling about going to the mosque in Ramadan. But there is a mosque that’s close to my heart. There’s a really small mosque right by where [Read More…]

Shiaphobia at the Intersection and Why it Matters

This is Day 29 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Shereen Yousuf Bismillah Though there is no shortage of beautiful people and devoted followers in my community, I have to admit that my mosque fits the archetype of negative mosque experiences. This includes everything from women being crammed into the basement while men [Read More…]

A Beloved Guest’s Departure: One Woman’s I’tikaf

This is Day 28 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 by Hazel Gómez A beloved guest is starting to pack and say goodbye, leaving us yearning for the next visit, already planning what we’ll do differently once we welcome them into our homes again. During these last days and nights of Ramadan, many mosques [Read More…]

An Afrikan Ramadan

This is Day 28 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Ihssan Tahir *Author’s Note: The spelling of Africa as Afrika is intentional and used by many Pan-Afrikanists to emphasize a united continent free from colonized forces. It was midday and the sun beat down with vengeance. One would have thought that the people [Read More…]