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Sexual Abuse Case in Illinois – Open Letter From Ulema Regarding Rights of Media and Public Discussion

11 hours agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Editor’s Note: In the nearly two months since the former president of the Institute for Islamic Education in Elgin, Ill, Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, was charged with criminal sexual abuse for an incident involving a 23-year-old woman (which occurred in April 2014). A Cook County grand jury recently handed down an eight-count indictment against Saleem on charges [Read More...]

Event: Lust in Islam, May 13

19 hours agoReligion / Islam : islamicate

I am talking about Lust. As part of a lecture series at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, I’ll be giving a Muslim perspective on love and lust. The talk will be the sixth in series, and will happen on Wednesday, May 13 from 6-7:30PM. Details on the series...

Farkhunda, A Long Term Vision

Guest Post by Kawsar Hosseini (@kaw_sarr), who writes at the blog East-West Bridge The story of the lynching of Farkhunda, a woman accused of burning the Quran in Afghanistan, has been widely covered by media in recent days. Among those who have written about the lynching are many Afghans. In a Guardian article, Frozan Marofi, one [Read More...]

More of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Intimacy for Muslim Couples

Intimacy Matters with Haleh Banani, Saba Syed and Hena Zuberi: Erroneous Eastern Cultural Beliefs about Female Sexuality For mature audiences only Watch Introduction here Click here to watch the video: Why many women do not want to engage intimately with their husbands? – Erroneous cultural beliefs about female sexuality (Sex is dirty. Show More Summary

MuslimKidsMatter | Inspiring Quotes from Islamic Children’s Books

Children's books have a special charm, unlike any other medium. It is through these, seemingly simple books, that inconspicuous truths are etched in the minds of the readers, the impact of which is felt without even realising and lasts long after the books have been read. Show More Summary

Friday Links

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, CEO of, explains how Muslim women are ‘spoken over by the public’ and their voices ‘ignored.’ In a rare protest in Afghanistan’s male-dominated society, female rights activists in Kabul carry coffin of a woman beaten to death for allegedly burning Quran to graveyard. A Muslim [Read More...]

Keeping our Brothers and Sisters in Islam

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A Reaction’s Potential

Since moving to Flushing, NY 8 months ago, I have passed by the John Bowne House countless times. The sign outside of this historical monument reads: “Bowne House: A Shrine to Religious Freedom Since 1662”. In 1656, when the town ofShow More Summary

Reconsidering Muslim Dating & Expectations

One of my very first projects at Muslimah Media Watch was to review dating sites. The experience of discussing how we use technology to find a mate (here, here, here and here) baffled me a little because of the gendered and racialized aspects that I found while doing research. Later on, I also discovered that the [Read More...]

Is Living with Islamophobia the New Normal for Muslims?

5 days agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Arzu Kaya-Uranli Honey, don’t get me wrong, but maybe it’s better if you remove these Arabic words from above your door for a while,” my 70-year-old neighbor softly advised me as she was leaving my house. I must have given her a puzzled look because she explained, “Crazy things are happening in the world, and [Read More...]

GOP congressional candidate’s campaign manager resigns over bigoted tweets

A Republican congressional candidate in Indianapolis said his campaign manager resigned after making disparaging comments about gays, Muslims and others on a social networking site. GOP candidate and Butler University professor Marvin Scott said Tuesday that he knew Stan Solomon … Continue reading ?

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Intimacy for Muslim Couples

Men and women have different needs but BOTH men and women are sensual beings and they BOTH need sensual fulfillment. The post Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Intimacy for Muslim Couples appeared first on

FearBusters: Fear of Criticism

See Introduction: FearBusters: Conquering our Fears See Part 1: Fear of Poverty Part 2: Fear of Criticism Let me describe a scenario to you and you tell me if it sounds familiar to you or not. You have a big decision to make in life and in you're certain that in your heart you know […] The post FearBusters: Fear of Criticism appeared first on

Event: McGinley Lecture, April 14 and April 15

It is time for the McGinley Lecture at Fordham. This term, I will be giving a response to the theme of “Poverty: The Curse and The Blessing." The event will be Tuesday, April 14 at 6PM at the Lincoln Center campus, and repeated on Wednesday, April 15, at 6PM at...

American Crime Review: Introducing Aliyah Shadeed

  On Thursday nights in the United States, ABC airs American Crime, an 11-part series that looks at a murder that took place in Modesto, California. The story doesn’t follow the detectives around as they solve a mystery-of-the-week like most crime shows, though, and instead focuses on the lives of everyone else involved and the [Read More...]

Interview on NPR on Riyaaz Qawwali

I was recently interviewed on NPR about Riyaaz Qawwali, a group out of Austin, TX. Hussein Rashid, a professor of religion at Hofstra University, says that many qawwaliartists working in South Asia today have limited themselves. He believes this American group is bringing the music back to its roots. "You...

Religion events from around the Washington area

last weekReligion / Islam : On Faith

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: “Gathering the Wisdom of Women: Water to Wine,” a bilingual conference for Catholic women. The English keynote speaker is author and journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell; the Spanish keynote speaker is attorney and theologian Lucia Baez Luzondo. Show More Summary

The Riddle of Life by Dr. Ragheb El-Sergani

I have pondered a great deal over the rise of nations, and this lead me to notice something truly marvelous – namely that the preparatory phase would always take a very long time, sometimes decades, while the phase of establishment is...Show More Summary

Friday Links

  “Poetic Pilgrimage isn’t just a rap group — it’s a statement about Islam, women and what it means to belong,” writes Antonia Blumberg for The Huffington Post, in her article titled “Poetic Pilgrimage Is The Muslim Women’s Rap Duo The World Needs Right Now.” Canadian Conservative backbencher Larry Miller has apologized for saying Muslim [Read More...]

Muscle Matters: Does Bodybuilding Have A Place In Islam?

What is excellence without exposure? While the devout Muslim wakes up and goes to bed striving for rewards bestowed by none other than Allah, the world in which we live pushes us to pursue awards made and distributed by man. Our best entertainers validate their performances with Grammys, Emmys, Tonys and Oscars. Show More Summary

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