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Living Islam for Today’s Women with Umm Reem

An introduction to upcoming video series on issues related to females and teens, presented by Umm Reem, exclusively for MuslimMatters.org. The post Living Islam for Today’s Women with Umm Reem appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.

MuslimKidsMatter | Muslim Youth Helping Neighbors and Having Fun: Please Vote!

Loud, friendly chatter fills up a large, brightly-lit room as people scatter about.  As they pass through the room into the next to make way for a large group of newcomers, a collective gasp of amazement suddenly issues forth.  The chatter and laughter miraculously die down as everyone stares ahead wide-eyed. Show More Summary

Confessions of a Muslim Skeptic

Questioning Faith The other day, a Muslim teen asked me the purpose of prayer. Why should we believe in God? Why do bad things happen to good people? As it turns out, this barrage of questions only represented the tip of a big, ominous iceberg. There are a whole host of questions like this that […] The post Confessions of a Muslim Skeptic appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.

What’s The Matter? | Postpartum or More?

Question: Salams I think I have postnatal depression as I've just had a baby 2 weeks ago and I'm extremely emotional, overwhelmed, teary and so lonely. My husband does not understand and is getting cross that I'm not staying on top of my house chores and giving my other 2 children enough attention. Show More Summary

US Muslim Jurists Resolution on Islamic Finance Companies

The issue of purchasing a house through Islamic financing has been written about in detail by experts and intellectuals for the past decade or so. However, it appears that majority of American-Muslims are either in doubt or are misinformed about the validity of the actual practice (buying homes through 'halal mortgages' or loans). Show More Summary

The Invitation

By Umm Zakiyyah a short story PART ONE   I hugged my knees and concentrated my attention on the parking lot beyond my third-floor apartment window. It was all I could do to steady my trembling and think of something besides the torn envelope and embossed card next to me on the crumpled sheet of […] The post The Invitation appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.

Vatican meeting on family walks back liberal language on gay couples, divorce

yesterdayReligion / Islam : On Faith

A major meeting Pope Francis convened to help the Catholic Church improve its outreach to diverse modern families ended Saturday with a summary paper that removed earlier, revolutionary language that cited the value of same-sex and divorced families. Read full article >>

Friday Links | October 24, 2014

Iran has arrested four men in connection to the acid attacks on women in the Iranian city of Esfahan. Large numbers of Iranians have demonstrated against the attacks, allegedly aimed at women that were not properly veiled, in the cities of Esfahan and Tehran. Last week, Nigeria’s government announced a truce with Boko Haram, which was broken by [Read More...]

Malalagate, Patriotism, and Disingenuous Agendas

Last week, Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai was declared a co-winner of the coveted Nobel Peace Prize, along with activist Kailash Satyarthi. Since then there have been numerous articles, support pieces and critiques addressing her win, and the expected conspiracy theories. Show More Summary

I got 18 mosque problems and being a woman is one

This week, I came across the video “Things not to do in the masjid” in my Facebook feed. The two guys behind the video, Americans of Afghani background Shukran and Roshan under the moniker SRBRosEntertainment, acted out 18 different scenarios with another actor. The video is clearly a hit, with over 960,000 views to date. [Read More...]

Friday Links | October 17, 2014

Last week the intense battle against ISIS in the Syrian town of Kobane made headlines everywhere. Mayssa Abdo, a female Kurdish fighter, is said to lead the battle of the Kurdish troops against the Islamic State. Another Kurdish fighter, Rehana, is said to have killed over a hundred ISIS fighters single handedly in Kobane. Kurdish Shirine [Read More...]

South Africa’s Open Mosque : Media, Feminist Critiques and “Unopen” Mosques.

The past month has been controversy ridden for the South African Muslim community, as news of the inauguration of the ‘Open Mosque’ in Cape Town has forced Muslims to tackle issues of gender equality, sexual orientation and religious freedom. Community radio stations, national broadcasters, newspapers and social media have been abuzz with news of the [Read More...]

Why Pakistan Should Embrace Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Malala Yousufzai

yesterdayReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Zainab Chaudry It’s a proud moment for Pakistan, but many Pakistanis aren’t embracing it.Malala Yousufzai — the courageous, 17-year-old young woman who became a global beacon of hope for girls seeking to gain an education — has won the Nobel Peace Prize.Predictably enough though, it hasn’t taken long for the critics to mobilize.Since Friday morning when [Read More...]

The Role of a Step parent

By Olivia Mounet   How do you define yourself? A Muslim? A student? A brother or sister? Daughter or son? Mother or father? Typically how we define ourselves is so deeply ingrained in our psyche that we rarely take the time to think about who we are and what defines us. However, if you were to […] The post The Role of a Step parent appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.

So You Want To Go To Medical School? Demystifying the Journey

By: Uzair Sarmast and Eman Rashed   This article is the first in a series intended to provide guidance to those who are interested in fulfilling every uncle and auntie's dream; namely, becoming a doctor. (that was a joke) Before we begin...Show More Summary

Why ISIS must be stopped and must not be allowed to murder Peter Kassig

Just because one flies an old flag with the Shahada on it does not make murder, terror and rape justifiable. The people who follow, fight with and/or support ISIS should think twice about their own actions based on what ISIS has been doing. These terrorist murderers have abused the pure name of Islam to slaughter […]

MuslimKidsMatter | In Sacrifice is Abundance

In Sacrifice is Abundance by Sheikh Rehmatullah Sacrifice is a motif for many people in this world. It is recurrent, an almost indispensable part of their lives in which progress is preceded and many times succeeded by sacrificing things that one holds closely to the heart. Show More Summary

A Muslim Thanksgiving?

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated the second Monday of October. Coming from Mexico, Thanksgiving has never meant very much to me. In fact, it tends to be a reminder of how complex and honestly messed up settler-Indigenous-immigrant relationships are in Canada. Whereas some Canadians have tried to differentiate themselves from Americans by tracking the history [Read More...]

Religion events from around the Washington area

last weekReligion / Islam : On Faith

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Community flea market, fish fry, bake sale and scout open house with demonstrations of camping skills by the Scouts with visitor game participation. Oxon Hill United Methodist Church, 6400 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill. Admission, free. 301-292-4497. Read full article >>

Religion events from around the Washington area

last weekReligion / Islam : On Faith

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: A craft festival with handmade items, video games, clowns, face painting and more. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 5203 St. Barnabas Rd., Temple Hills. 301-894-9100. Saturday, 8-11 a.m.: Pancake breakfast. All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring buckwheat and regular pancakes. Show More Summary

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