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Is the Quran to Blame? Looking at Domestic Violence and Scriptural Interpretation

yesterdayReligion / Islam : altmuslim

How have passages from the Quran been interpreted and misinterpreted with regards to domestic violence? What does verse 4:34 really mean?

Muslims and Domestic Violence – Searching for a Faith-Based Solution

5 days agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Domestic violence is as prevalent in Muslim communities as it is in other faith communities. Do victims/survivors report crimes to clergy or law enforcement? Could the search for a faith-based solution reflect the idea that this is a faith-based problem?

When You’re Gay and Muslim – Finding Allah’s Meaning in All of It

last weekReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Allow me today to describe one of those elephants. A strange elephant. Allow me to dissect it and hand it over to you, that you may ponder and hopefully open your heart and mind. Let me start off by saying these three words: I am ga...

Is Islam Inherently Secular?

last weekReligion / Islam : altmuslim

When American Muslims say that America is the closest nation to reconcile itself to Islamic ideals anywhere in the world, they are not speaking of shariah law, they are simply reinforcing their renunciation of the dualistic view of existence. The sacred and secular are one.

Trump’s Modified Muslim Ban – What You Need to Know

2 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

President Donald J. Trump's modified version of the travel ban, aka the Muslim ban, is set to go into affect tonight. The Supreme Court ruling on Monday partially lifted the stay on the Muslim ban, putting into place certain stipulations...Show More Summary

When Eid is Bittersweet

3 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

When I was growing up in Pakistan, it was the tradition that the grieving family would not observe Eid. The family would go into a state of quiet mourning, remembering and missing their dearly departed. For them there would be no new clothes, no gifts, no visits to families, no feasting and no greetings of Eid Mubarak.

Making This a Joyous Eid for the Children

3 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Ramadan 2017 has been filled with blessings. However, feelings of grief and fear have also surfaced, with news of so many tragic hate crimes targeting various faiths, races and marginalized groups. As a mother, I want all children to be safe and shielded from the tragedies that hit daily headlines.

Ramadan Reflections – In Search of Connections and a Brighter Future

3 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Whether it’s neighbors who proudly display Trump signs on their lawn, or the casual racism of allies who expect all Muslims to condemn the actions of a deviant few, to those who can laugh off Trump as a blip on America’s political history...Show More Summary

In Times of Crisis, How Can Communities Heal?

3 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Today, countless Muslim parents across the country may be telling their daughters not to wear the hijab, advising whether they should attend mosque services or not and cautioning them to be hyper vigilant as they go out in public. It does not have to be this way.

How Do We Make Islam Relevant and Meaningful to our Youth?

3 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Young people in our highly individualized times need faith to be meaningful, relevant and fulfilling. They need us to parent them according to where they are and who they are, not according to who we are and from where we have come.

Healing Myself Through the Quran

3 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

If you’re reading this, you’re probably groggy from a night of seeking forgiveness and hoping for reward from God on a powerful night. It is my honor to greet your tired eyes and empty bellies. The hope that we can maybe improve the world around us even incrementally is incredibly healing.

How (Not) to Feed Your Dragon – Rumi’s Advice in Ramadan

4 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Rumi concludes the story by reminding us of how difficult it is to tame the wily nafs. He says: “It needs a Moses to kill the dragon.” For me, this not only underscores the importance of fasting and other practices that strengthen one’s personal will, but also of making a conscious connection to the prophets as inner archetypes of embodying the Divine Will.

Acts of Charity, How LaunchGood Campaigns Happen and Why it All Matters

4 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Once these campaigns cross into the six-digits we consistently hear, “Why so much? How are the funds going to be used? Why not share the funds with other worthy causes?” These are all fair questions. For example, Nabra’s campaign started with a goal of $10,000 and now is at $300,000+. Perhaps the funeral will cost a few thousand, but then what?

Ramadan Deprivation Leads to Despair and then Deliverance

4 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

The hardship is in having to restrain our own power because our physical deprivation acts as the reminder that real power -- true power -- is found not in exertion, but surrender.

The Infused Knowledge of Ramadan

last monthReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Human beings are brought into the world incomplete and can only be completed under the influence of heaven. It is during Ramadan that we are disassembled and reassembled along lines truer to our innate nature, and through this process come to humbly accept our need for the Divine.

Beauty and the Beast – Which of the Two Faces of Islam will Prevail?

last monthReligion / Islam : altmuslim

The challenge and struggle of our generation is which face of the House of Islam will triumph? Will it be the beautiful face briefly outlined above or the beastly dimension that will continue to dominate our airwaves? One very much hopes...Show More Summary

In Ramadan and Beyond – What Does it Mean to be a ‘Good Muslim?’

last monthReligion / Islam : altmuslim

I don’t cover my head. I don’t pray five times a day. I didn’t marry a Muslim man. I’m not “The Muslim” they expect to see.

Ramadan on the North Dakota Prairie – Forging an American-Muslim Experience

last monthReligion / Islam : altmuslim

The summer season in North Dakota is short, sweet and very precious. It was amazing to see farmers busy harvesting crops under floodlights into the wee hours of the night. Our neighborhood on the outskirts of Grand Forks bordered a large farming field. The rumbling noise of trucks hauling beetroot and sunflower seeds were a reminder to us to get up for our sahoor.

Last 10 days of Ramadan – Learning Impulse Control and Accountability

last monthReligion / Islam : altmuslim

I’ve been actively thinking about the last 10 days/nights of Ramadan and how I want to observe them. This is the time when the Prophet (pbuh) would push himself in worship and devotion, more than any other period during the year. I decided...Show More Summary

How American Sunni/Shi’a Muslims Can Help Combat Political ‘Sectarianism’

last monthReligion / Islam : altmuslim

As Muslims spend the month [of Ramadan] coming together, it is important to talk about the rift between Democrats and Republicans. And, as Muslims have learned from their mistakes in sectarianism, it is critical that America does not repeat the past.

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