5 Issues (Out of Many) to Focus on Instead of a “Hijabi” in Playboy

By Layla Abdullah-PolousEditor's Note: This piece is a guest post by Layla Abdullah-Polous, who founded the site Native born American Muslims.Writer’s Note: Although most readers know me for a certain writing style, occasionally, I need to let my indignation be my guide. This is one of those times.Initially, I really didn’t have more than a passing interest in the fact that a covered Muslim woman would have her name or face in a periodical like Playboy, its current brand change not … [Read more...]

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NYC Bombings, Being Muslim and Forgoing the Fear

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Monday morning routine is the same as always: Alarm rings, I turn it off. Lay in my bed with eyes shut for a few more minutes. Get up, utter the same morning prayer I have for decades, go to the bathroom. Look at my phone. Read the latest on the bombing in New York City and New Jersey as well as the stabbings in Minnesota.Put the phone down and go downstairs to make lunches. I open every kid’s door and turn on their lights and off their white noise m … [Read more...]

Burkini Ban has been Overturned in France: 5 Lessons to Know and Remember

Embed from Getty ImagesMuslim women and allies let loose a cheer today when France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, overturned the ban that had been imposed in 26 of the country’s beach towns and cities, after public outrage culminated in a fever pitch when news articles and photos circulated of armed French police standing over a Muslim woman on a beach in Nice, ordering her to remove her tunic to comply with the beach’s burkini banFrance endured nearly a month o … [Read more...]

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Unapologetically Muslim, Unapologetically Human

Back in the late 1980s, when I first started fasting, I was the second kid to do so in my Midwestern junior high school (ok, the first was my older brother two grades ahead of me) in what was a predominantly White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community, I was somewhat unapologetically Muslim. As a 12-year-old, I didn’t advertise to my gaggle of not-Muslim friends that I was fasting. I just retreated (with permission) to the library or the counselor’s office during our lunch break.I wore long pants … [Read more...]

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The Most Epic 6 Moments (Thus Far) from the Khizr and Ghazala Khan Story

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Khans vs. Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump is the battle that just keeps holding the public’s attention way past the usual news cycle (much to the delight of many Muslims across the country). Four days after Khizr Khan made his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Trump was still tweeting comments about it, as the story quickly turned its focus on Ghazala Khan and her silence during her husband’s speech.Could an Elder Muslim “Au … [Read more...]

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7 Good, Bad and Ugly ‘Muslim Moments’ from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Embed from Getty ImagesAmerican Muslims – discussions about, insults and accusations, praises, accolades and acceptance – were a center focus in the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions. From Khizr Khan’s well-received speech in honor of his slain son, Captain Humayun Khan, to the invocation by Dr. Sherman Jackson at the DNC, to at the RNC where Sajid Tarar, a Muslim supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump gave an invocation while being booed – th … [Read more...]

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In Life and in Death, Muhammad Ali Proved to the World You can be Unapologetically Black, Muslim and American

Today the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, is holding a political rally in my city of Richmond, VA. Hundreds of miles away in Louisville, KY, thousands upon thousands have gathered to see an Imam facilitate an interfaith memorial service for one of the most beloved Americans of our time – who happens to be a Muslim.The juxtaposition of those events today leaves no doubt in my mind that there is something extraordinary happening through the grace of God in the holy m … [Read more...]