The Story of American Resilience

The story America likes to tell about herself is full of rugged individuals. A family of pioneers heading west to make a new life for themselves. Two young men road tripping across the country searching for God. Wearing rags and dreaming of riches. Pulling bootstraps. That’s our mythology, anyway, immortalized by national storytellers like F. [Read More…]

A New Mosque in Town

This essay is part of the #MyMosqueMyStory Friday series By Laura P That moment when you realize you would leave your current mosque without a second thought and not go back, if there was an alternative. That moment when you discover there is going to be an alternative. I was minding my own business last [Read More…]

A Mosque The Prophet Would Recognize

After a recent performance in a different part of her city, an internationally renowned artist needed to pray Maghrib. She looked up the nearest mosque and upon reaching it, she found the doors to the women’s section locked. Buzzing the intercom to the main office, she prayed that someone would answer her call. She prayed [Read More…]

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…]