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16 hours agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Saturday, 8-11 a.m.: Pancake breakfast. All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring pumpkin-flavored pancakes and the regular pancakes. Proceeds benefit the Society of St. Andrew (an agricultural gleaning program in Southwest Virginia) and the St. Show More Summary

Dreams of My Grandfather: Celebrating the Life of Professor Ghulam Azam

Written by Abu Aisha   On Saturday 1st Muharram 1436 (Oct 25th 2014), hundreds of thousands of well-wishers converged on the streets of Dhaka to bid farewell to one of the most recognizable faces of Islam in Bangladesh, Professor Ghulam Azam. Show More Summary

Neo-Atheism Attacks: Thoughts on Cenk Uygur / Sam Harris Discussion on Religious Violence in Islam

Background The latest round of neo-atheist criticisms leveled at our faith that have gone viral in past weeks have come from comedian Bill Maher and neuroscientist Sam Harris while the most prominent responses have come from Reza Aslan,...Show More Summary

Friday Links | October 31, 2014

Despite international condemnation and protest, last weekend Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran for killing her rapist. Later this week an opposition groups shared her powerful last message. French (visible) Muslim women are facingShow More Summary

The Case for Social Media and Hashtag Activism

yesterdayReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Sabina Khan-Ibarra Social Media: Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking Activism: The policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. My husband is one of those individuals who have chosen a life of complete abstinence from social media. [Read More...]

This Islamic New Year Pay Off Your House

By imam Tahir Anwar This message is for people who are homeowners and make good money. I've never understood why people don't pay off their homes. I've never understood why people only make the minimum monthly payments, so they are enslaved...Show More Summary

Domestic Violence | Living Islam for Today’s Women

This video is addressed to women in a domestic abuse situation, especially those who are advised to stay in situation misusing the concept of tawakkul and du'a. Men, who are also facing abusive situations, may also benefit. DomesticShow More Summary

Ottawa Shootings: Time to Reexamine The Collective Muslim Psyche

Canadians are still recovering from the horrific shootings which took place in Parliament Hill last week. There's a lot that can be discussed as we try to make sense of this tragedy; much has already been said: the potential motivesShow More Summary

No Culture for Niqabis

The French “niqab” ban (burqa ban, whatever ban…call it what you will) of October 2010 has not faded away from the public consciousness in France at all. What I had originally hoped was just right-wing propaganda has turned out to be, since its entry into force in April 2011, part and parcel of a unique [Read More...]

The Invitation – Part 2

By Umm Zakiyyah a short story PART ONE | PART TWO After the summer internship, Paula and I went our separate ways. We kept in touch, but we had our own lives to focus on. I went to college close to home to be near John, and Paula went to college in another state. When […] The post The Invitation – Part 2 appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.

5 Reasons Why Media Coverage of ‘Latina’ Converts Does Not Represent Me

This is not the first time I have discussed media coverage of ‘Latin’ Converts to Islam. In fact, I have written about how they are depicted in terms of their relationships, the ways in which Indigenous converts from Latin America puzzle the media, and how ‘Latina’ women are said to be the new face of Islam. [Read More...]

Lessons in Leadership from the Prophet Muhammad (saw)

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” This is a quote made famous by America's top leadership guru, Dr. John C. Maxwell, in his bestselling book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The first time I read this quote was in 2002, when I was a rookie teacher at an Islamic school. Show More Summary

A Sunni, a Shia, and a Pizza

Though we recognized that we were a practicing Sunni family and they were dedicated followers of Bhori-Shiism, we did not use our differences to set us apart as much as we used our similarities to come together. The post A Sunni, a Shia, and a Pizza appeared first on MuslimMatters.org.

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

last weekReligion / 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 >>

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