Are my rights as an American linked to whether I can help eliminate ISIS?

We have birthright citizenship in this country. That means that when I was born on a wintry, late November night to Sudanese parents living in Michigan on student visas (go, Spartans!), I was granted automatic US citizenship. Days later, my parents had their first ever Thanksgiving meal with hospital staff and other new parents whose [Read More…]

Unveiling Fear in a Time of Islamophobia

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of friends and acquaintances wondering if they should replace their headscarves with hoodies. Muslim women afraid that they will bear the brunt of violent Islamophobic backlash to the San Bernardino shootings, as we have borne the brunt in most Islamophobic backlashes. I’m sad and angry on your behalf, my [Read More…]

A Thanksgiving Prayer for Peace

*These remarks were given on November 22 at the annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Prayer service hosted by the Community of Congregations Thank you St. Giles Parish and the Community of Congregations for the invitation to speak at your annual interfaith Thanksgiving service. Thank you to all of you who are joining us in this cold November night. [Read More…]

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…]