What started three years ago as anti-government protests has spiraled today into a bloody civil war with no end in sight. The brutal conflict has claimed the lives of well over a 100,000 people; it's estimated that over 3 million have fled the country and are now in refugee camps spread across the Levant and...
Hill leaders have invited Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress during his expected visit to the United States next year. Francis, who marked his first anniversary as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics Thursday,...Show More Summary
The Vatican thinks in centuries. Formal and glacial of pace, the epicenter of global Catholicism is anchored in the deep waters of tradition and ancient ritual. Change is an unsettling visitor, especially when he shows up with sensible shoes and a plan. Read full article >>
Experts often say that the Catholic Church’s ban on artificial contraception is among its most ignored teachings. Pope Francis took special care in an unprecedented survey he sent out last fall to bishops worldwide to ask Catholics’ views on the morality of contraception and how ethics comes into their thinking on family size. Show More Summary
He removed his windbreaker - the left sleeve was badly torn - and stripped off his blood-soaked t-shirt. He held his arm over the sink as blood poured from the wound, staining the sink red. His exposed skin broke into goosebumps and he began to shiver violently, his teeth chattering.
By Amad Emotions are on short-fuse these days. News travels at the speed of light, social media lights up in a heart-beat and any and all that we say, online or offline, faces scrutiny like never before. Not so long ago, the only way someone on one side of the globe would hear a publicly...
A few months ago I was invited to like a Facebook page called Memes Feministas Islámicos. The page targets mostly Spanish speakers, and it claims to be countering Muslim patriarchies online. Their “About us” page reads: “Nos sumamos a la tarea de contrarrestar el machismo en el cyber espacio y al igual que nuestras compañeras [Read More...]
Last week, Salon published Randa Jarrar’s “Why I Can’t Stand White Bellydancers” as part of their “feminists of color” series curated by Roxane Gay. The response to her post has been overwhelming, including responses from dudes at the Washington Post and The Atlantic to G. Willow Wilson’s response at her blog. We’ve been exchanging emails [Read More...]
Charity Week: One week, One Cause, All The Difference.
Seven years after 15 conservative Virginia congregations made global news by breaking away from the Episcopal Church — and refusing to give up tens of millions of dollars in property — the Supreme Court on Monday ended the complex legal dispute by declining to take up an appeal by the last remaining plaintiff. Read full article >>
By Hasan Gilani Imam Khalid Latif of the Islamic Center at NYU recently spoke at the Rad Talks conference about the need to rethink charity. A woman fled from an abusive relationship and sought help from Imam Khalid. When he handed her several thousand dollars in charity, she handed it back to him. Having never lived [Read More...]
Download mp3 DebtFreeMuslims.com Podcast Episode 3 This episode is brought to you by MuslimMatters.org – because Muslims matter. This episode covers- A Continuous Charity – Aimed at providing interest free student loans to students. Education is a need, but very few people are actually working for interest-free relief for students. Organization started with focusing on...
The reality is, most of the time, board members aren’t equipped to understand the community’s problems. They are put in a position of trust to make decisions for the benefit of the community. This means finding an imam who can lead them, spiritually nourish them, and help them grow.
A few weeks ago, I spoke as part of a panel at the University of Ottawa about the Quebec Charter of Secularism, speaking both as Editor-in-Chief of Muslimah Media Watch and as a founding member of the Collective of Muslim Feminists of Quebec. This is an edited version of my talk, updated to reflect shifts [Read More...]
First Frost: A Teen's Reflection on Winter By Hufsa Lodhi “First Frost since the sun Stopped shining First Frost since the rain didn't fall First Frost since I realized what we had Is over First frost since I've spoken At all…” Delicate snowflakes flutter harmlessly towards their inevitable fate. Covering up any and all traces...
The Rev. Jim Martin is probably America’s best-known Catholic priest. He appears on “The Colbert Report” when a Jesus expert is needed. He is a Christian spiritual figure to tens of thousands of Twitter followers and has written several best-selling books about God. Show More Summary
How’d you like a little back and forth with Pope Francis? It’s not totally far-fetched. In October, Pope Francis asked bishops around the world to gather feedback from Catholics ahead of a major fall meeting on family issues including divorce, cohabitation and same-sex marriage. Read full article >>
Listen. Respect. Encourage people to follow their conscience. Be sensitive to the financial cost of children and allow birth control. Prepare people for marriage with professional counselors, not just priests or volunteers — and with...Show More Summary
By: Abu Abbaad Sizing up Sincerity As one prepares their luggage to meet the Lord of the worlds, there is nothing more vital to check for than ikhlâs (sincerity). The Most High says: “…So whoever is hopeful for the Meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of...
Saudi women activists are calling on the government to end the “absolute authority” that male guardians have over women in the kingdom. The petition is said to have been sent to a human rights committee. FIFA, the organisation that governs soccer/football, has authorised the wearing of religious head wear, such as hijabs and turbans, during [Read More...]