There is Baraka in Receiving the Gift: On Eating Disorders and Choosing Not to Fast

Editor’s note: The writer of this piece wishes to remain anonymous.  This piece is a follow-up to one published last year, and contains discussions of disordered eating. A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a friend about how hard Ramadan was for me last year.“You know,” she said cautiously, “the exemption from fasting for health reasons applies for emotional and mental health too.”Her observation was more of a revelation than maybe it should have been.  If someone had a … [Read more...]

Be Careful What You Ask: Ramadan and Periods

This post was written by guest contributor Rana S.I no longer feel awkward saying it out loud - some may think I'm too blunt about it. You know, like, about my period.Menstruation is one of the factors that nullify a person's fast (regardless if it is during the month of Ramadan or not) - it automatically "breaks" it. Every Ramadan, I get asked by at least a few people I know (and a few strangers have asked as well) about why I'm not fasting whenever I get "caught" eating or drinking a … [Read more...]

Ramadan Repost: When Fasting Is Not For God

Editor's note: When we first published this post during Ramadan last year, we received a huge number of responses from people telling us how much the themes of the post resonated with them.  We are planning to publish a follow-up post from the same writer later this month, but for now we wanted to share this post again, as a reminder to those struggling with similar issues that you are not alone, even when this issue does not often get discussed publicly. The writer of this post wishes to … [Read more...]

Farkhunda, A Long Term Vision

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Guest Post by Kawsar Hosseini (@kaw_sarr), who writes at the blog East-West Bridge. The story of the lynching of Farkhunda, a woman accused of burning the Quran in Afghanistan, has been widely covered by media in recent days. Among those who have written about the lynching are many Afghans.In a Guardian article, Frozan Marofi, one of the women who went to the burial of Farkhunda calls her “this martyr of Afghanistan” while BBC Afghan's Karim Haidari writes of why he is “ashamed to be a ma … [Read more...]

#SuitablyDressed: A hijab is perfectly suitable attire for a courtroom

Amna Qureshi #SuitablyDressed. Image via the Toronto Star.

This piece was written by guest contributor Amna Qureshi (@Amnamaq), and originally published at the Toronto Star.Judge Eliana Marengo has made a serious error by telling a Muslim woman that she must take off her hijab in court before her case would be heard. Her justification — that the woman was not “suitably dressed” — is wrong-headed and a troubling slippery slope.Last week a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, Rania El-Alloul, appeared on her own in a Quebec court without counsel … [Read more...]

#WhySheStayed and the American Muslim Community

This post was written by Laila Alawa (@lulainlife).A few weeks ago, the online world blew up in response to the allegations – and later, leaked video – of an American football player, Ray Rice, beating his then-fiancée into unconsciousness. Within the online Muslim American community, the topic was hotly discussed and debated. Nuances were examined, resources shared, and experiences spoken of, all with the intention of unpacking the complexities of the Rice incident. With the variety of organ … [Read more...]

Paying Tribute to American Muslim Trailblazer, Tayyibah Taylor

Tayyibah Taylor.

This piece was compiled by Altmuslim editors and originally posted at Altmuslim.The Muslim American and larger American community lost a beloved soul last week — Tayyibah Taylor, founder and editor-in-chief of Azizah Magazine passed away. The outpouring of love and grief was immediate, as news spread quickly. Tributes came pouring in on Facebook, Twitter and in letters sent to Azizah Magazine. Ms. Taylor touched the lives of countless many and was a tireless advocate for Muslim women and … [Read more...]


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