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A Michigan native becomes the first Muslim American to compete on the popular cooking show, MasterChef, in its sixth season. For her, the hardest thing was neither the cooking nor the competition; it was being away from home. Tsolin Nalbantian writes on hoodies, hijabs, and belonging in the Netherlands. She discusses an incident that exposed [Read More...]

Religion events from around the Washington area

2 days agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Registration has begun for Camp Hanover Day Camp. The program runs Aug. 3 to Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Church of the Covenant, 2666 Military Rd., Arlington. The camp is open to children who are rising kindergarten to sixth grade. Show More Summary

Double Standards in Media and Politicians Helps ISIS Make Its Case – That America Hates Muslims

2 days agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Junaid M. Afeef Many people ask American Muslims why they do not condemn ISIS or do more to counter the political violence committed by their co-religionists.  My rejoinder would be, “Why don’t more Americans outside of the Muslim community speak out against the double standards in law enforcement and against the rampant anti-Muslim bigotry [Read More...]

American Crime Series Recapped

In this post, Azra concludes her series of reviews of American Crime.  Read her earlier reviews here. Spoilers ahead—you’ve been warned! Last week, American Crime concluded on ABC. I hadn’t reviewed the past several shows, as Aliyah’s time on screen became more and more limited with the show focusing on some of the other character’s concerns. [Read More...]

Remembering Malcolm X, 90 Years After His Birth

5 days agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Zainab Chaudry, outreach manager for CAIR-Maryland, spoke on May 19, 2015 at a tribute event for civil rights leader Malcolm X. Here, she shares her words with Altmuslim. Today — not just Annapolis, not only America, but the entire world – is marking 90 years since the birth of a man whose ideas and contributions helped [Read More...]

FearBusters: Fear of Change

See Previous parts: FearBusters: Conquering our Fears, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Part 5: Fear of Change Have you ever asked yourself why you do what you do every day? What I'm specifically referring to are your habits. I'm willing to bet that you sleep on the same side of the bed every […] The post FearBusters: Fear of Change appeared first on

Ramadan Prep Guide for Busy People | Part 1: Training Season

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 I'm all for uplifting messages that inspire us to put forth our best effort in worshiping Allah during Ramadan.  However, in lands where people do not have the luxury of time and sleep post-suhoor, getting...Show More Summary

Friday Links

Nadia Manzoor is on a crusade to use humor and honesty to talk about the challenges she faced as a young Muslim immigrant coming of age in the US, through a web comedy series called “Shugs and Fats.”   The French government is under growing pressure to make a clear ruling on whether schoolgirls can [Read More...]

When You Marry for Four Reasons, Don’t Forget Your Reason

By Karim Serageldin As a practicing psychologist, I was once consulted by a brother in Turkey in need of immediate relationship advice. In summary, the brother's “emergency” was that he had met a nice religious girl from a good family but was not attracted to her at all. Show More Summary

A Roundtable on Mona Eltahawy’s Headscarves and Hymens

We will soon have a full review of Mona Eltahawy’s Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. In the meantime, here is a discussion on the book by three of our writers. Sya: What’s up with books about “the Middle East and North Africa” that are about female genitals, one way [Read More...]

The Muslim Communities Are in a State of Emergency And In It Lies Our Biggest Opportunity.

They say that humanity only really learns the most earnest of lessons in a state of crisis, a state of complete breakdown. Only after facing that breakdown, are we then capable of embracing the breakthroughs necessary that have largely been neglected. Show More Summary

Letter to the Editor: Mass Graves of Rohingya in Thailand — Appeal to ASEAN

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) was deeply sad to hear about the finding of more than 30 graves of Rohingya in Sadao, Thailand. This news is not new to us. Ethnic Rohingya who fled prosecutions from the Myanmar government are vulnerable and always ended in this kind of situation. Show More Summary

Do Women have a Voice in the Qur’an? Review of “Recovering the Female Voice in Islamic Scripture.”

I started reading “Recovering the Female Voice in Islamic Scripture” by Georgina L. Jardim a few weeks ago. As I approached the end of the book, I was traveling and got to read the conclusion by the beaches of the Caribbean Sea. I write this as a way of placing myself into the reading of [Read More...]

Life in Prison: How Islam Can Save Aaron Hernandez

When the gavel came down on Aaron Hernandez — the former New England Patriots and University of Florida football star convicted on April 15 of first-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd — a common narrative...Show More Summary

Friday Links

England’s first women-only mosque will open in Bradford, a 19th-century industrial boomtown and one of the most heavily Muslim-populated cities in the U.K., the Muslim Women’s Council announced. House of Fraser is now selling sports hijabs that are designed for women to wear while doing exercise, including swimming. According to the Daily Mail, It follows [Read More...]

Religion events from around the Washington area

2 weeks agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Registration has begun for Vacation Bible School from July 20-24 at Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. This year’s theme is “God’s Camp — Discovering Faith.” The cost will be $20, and $10 for a second child per family. Show More Summary

Muslim Activists Should Stop Defending Pam Geller’s Right to Mock Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Muslims Don't Just Condemn Everything – They Defend Your Right to Everything! How would you react if you came to learn Western Muslim leaders had stated, “We don't support the views of the Ku Klux Klan, but we defend their right to walk...Show More Summary

Not Your Inspiration Porn – Why I Don’t Owe You My Conversion Story

2 weeks agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Rites of Passage. Read other perspectives here. By Leanne Scorzoni How did you come to Islam? When did you convert? Will you tell me your story? Mashallah, you are such an inspiration to us! There’s a term used to describe stories of people who have overcome great [Read More...]

The luckiest Muslims in America

In the dying days of the Mughal Empire, a little known Maulana helped launch Peace TV with more than 200 Million viewers across the world. I know Will, I'm just as shocked as you but stay with me here As the Mughal Empire was collapsing,...Show More Summary

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