Decolonizing The Mosque

For about two years now, I have been negotiating the fact that I am a convert to Islam born and raised in Mexico and with an Indigenous background. To add to that, I am an immigrant to Turtle Island (better known as Canada), and I feel eternally ashamed of having sworn loyalty to the Queen [Read More...]

My Mosque, My Story – A Ramadan Reflection

Humid Midwest days and warm starry nights. Fireworks, late night ice cream, water balloon fights at community iftar picnics. The promise of spending the second day of Eid at Six Flags with our friends. Chasing firebugs at twilight. My earliest Ramadan memories are pure summer. Since  school is out, my sister and I tag along [Read More...]

10 Ways to Welcome Women Converts in Ramadan

Ramadan is almost upon us, but some of my friends are a little ambivalent. They are excited about the spiritual benefits of this blessed month, but as convert women, have often felt isolation in Ramadan. This apprehension has been expressed by women from all backgrounds: those who are new to the faith to those who [Read More...]

Top Muslim Women Twitterati

The women of Muslim Twitter are a dynamic and inspiring  group and no list of Muslim Twitterati would be complete without their full representation. I’ve compiled a list of some of the most insightful Twitter accounts of Anglophone Muslim Twitter from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The Twitter [Read More...]

Chapel Hill, CVE, and Millennial Muslims

The media may have already lost interest, now breathlessly reporting the latest information about “Jihadi John’s” real identity, but many communities across the United States and around the world are still mourning the loss of three innocent souls, shot in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The murders of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and [Read More...]

Muslim Women Have a Pleasant Mosque Experience During Interfaith Tour

Interfaith group tours a local mosque; allows Muslim women to see  neighborhood mosque in a new light February 2015* Al-Burkakee – Zainab Mohamed has a direct view of the the shining gold dome and white minaret of the 2-story Sayyida Aisha Mosque from the window of her office in a gleaming downtown high rise. Mohamed [Read More...]

Linksies: Muslim Leadership Initiative Part Two

The discussion over the controversy surrounding the Muslim Leadership Initiative continues. Last month, I compiled a series of articles, videos and links of the debate, which can be found here. There has been more discussion  in the last few weeks to warrant a second round of Linksies, which I’ve compiled below. These links include discussions [Read More...]

Why I’m not mad Michelle Obama didn’t wear a veil in Saudi Arabia

A quick look at social and traditional media over the last 24 hours and you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that one of the most important events that occurred this week wasn’t the Ukrainian war intensifying with a deadly attack on civilians in a government-held city, but that Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the [Read More...]

Linksies: Muslim Leadership Initiative

For American Muslim twitterati, 2014 was, in many ways, defined by major social media conflicts. Muslims quarreled online about the Abu Easa controversy, Alice in Arabia, the movement to boycott the White House Iftar, the “Happy” music videos, and the conversations about race in privilege around community inattention to anti-black police brutality. But arguably the [Read More...]

Charlie Hebdo and Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

As France, and indeed Europe, is left to unpack the horrific murders of nearly a dozen cartoonists and policemen at the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and 4 Jewish shoppers at a Kosher grocery store, I find myself across the pond thinking about the relationship between freedom of speech and notions of the [Read More...]