I spent much of my childhood and teenage years obsessed with anime and comics. Growing up in Mexico, I was part of a generation that saw the introduction of strong female characters in mainstream media, including anime, comics and TV shows. No more Candy Candy with her eternal emotional conflicts over boys, and no more [Read More...]
With the obvious exception of one Usain Bolt — the living legend from Jamaica who landed in Beijing, China, for this year's biggest track and field meet under a cloud of doubt and left undefeated with three gold medals — the story of the 2015 IAAF World Championships was the Kenyan national team. A country […]
Reflections on culpability, forgiveness, mercy and legal redress in light of the sexual abuse case pending against Imam Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, founder of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, IL. Click here and here for more coverage of this case on Patheos. By Ustadha Zaynab Ansari In March 2015, Imam Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, founder [Read More...]
By Matin M These days the Western mass media often portray Muslims and others who look Middle Eastern, as violent or dangerous. They throw out buzzwords like jihad and Sharia law to get the attention of an audience that is already anxious about these topics.
The Supreme Court’s ruling last month in favor of same-sex marriage has renewed debate over polygamy and whether marriage should be restricted to relationships between two people.Just last week, a man from Montana said the Supreme Court’s decision inspired him to apply for a license to marry a second woman. Show More Summary
The Dalai Lama is not done. As the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism celebrates his 80th birthday in the U.S. this week, much of the non-Buddhist world sees a kindly, aging monk who preaches the gospel of compassion.Read full article >>
Although Aloysius Schwartz died 23 years ago, parishioners of the small Holy Name Catholic Church on 11th Street NE pray for him every Sunday, in hopes that they can one day call him a saint.He is known as “Father Al” and appears with a wide smile in the weekly bulletins spread among the pews where he grew up and decided to pursue the priesthood.Read full article >>
The greatest verse of the Qur'?n is ?yat al-Kurs?, as mentioned in the authentic statement of the Prophet.  However, the question arises as to why it is not a chapter in its own right as many of the other passages of the Qur'?n which have added virtues. For example, S?rah al-Ikhl?? is equal […]
A year after she was elected as the Female Muslim MP in Malawi parliament, Aisha Mambo has vowed to use her new role to advocate for a larger representation of Muslim women in the country. Leading Muslim Organization Campaigns for Women-Friendly Mosques, calling on mosques across the country to be more inclusive of women. Nearly all [Read More...]
Advocacy for good and against evil is the hallmark of the Ummah of Muhammad [saw]. To be effective it needs sustained, dedicated, well funded effort. With proofs from the Qur'an and Sunnah Mirza Yawar Baig argues for the need to set up effective advocacy groups.
This article will go over benefits and challenges of studying Islam overseas, institutions of learning in India, and my own experiences and goals in studying at Nadwatul 'Ulama in the 2014-2015 academic calendar year. By Nihal Khan
As ISIS continues its murder and violence across the provinces it controls and seeks to control, and as it continues to plague the conscience of the great majority of Muslims around the world, what's worth recalling is that we've seen this before in history with the sect called the Khawarij (anglicized to Kharijites). So before […]
Muslim Voices Matter My name is Ruth Nasrullah. I am a convert to Islam, a journalist, a blogger, a New Jersey native living in Houston, Texas. I have a masters degree in journalism and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction. I was one of the first seven bloggers on MuslimMatters back when it […]
By Fatimah Popal 1) Don’t call your daughters a princess. They’ll believe you only to realize years later it was all a lie. I am not living in a palace full of chefs, an au pair or two, gardeners, chauffeurs, butlers and maids, or personal dressers. Instead, I am the commoner providing these services to [Read More...]
Muslim women in Morocco are demanding a female-only beach so they can enjoy the summer weather without having to worry about keeping their bodies covered. A progressive Mumbai-based Muslim women’s group has published a survey whose findings are so stark that they should, finally, put an end to any further debate on the urgent need [Read More...]
There are many journeys that made history. Think Musa crossing the Red Sea, Hannibal crossing the Alps or Caesar crossing the Rubicon. But there's one journey that irrevocably altered the course of human civilisation more than any other and it was made when two friends crossed the Arabian desert taking them from oppression in Mecca […]
Trigger Warning: Rape, Sexualized Violence, Misogyny Toronto boasts a wonderfully diverse population. It is probably one of the most diverse cities in the world. And it is also home to the largest Muslim community in the country. There are different Islamic centres, and incredible organizations like Outburst! that advocate for the rights of Muslim women. [Read More...]
Despite the fame and accomplishments of Muslim athletes like Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mesut Ozil, to name a few, there is still a surprisingly high percentage of both Muslims and non-Muslims who are not quite sure if playing sports is encouraged or even allowed in Islam. Short answer: It is.
In the Skin of A Jihadist by Anne Erle (not her real name) is a book about a French journalist pretending to be a wannabe ISIS fan and interacting with a French-speaking jihadist via Skype. This sentence occurs on the first page: “Do you really love me, Mélodie murmurs, her voice childish and frail.” That [Read More...]
If planned correctly, it is not unimaginable for the vast majority of mosques within North America to be self-sufficient within the next twenty years or so.