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Slavery: A Past and Present Tragedy | Video by Imam Omar Suleiman

Recent headlines about Islam and slavery have shaken many. Bayyinah TV hosted a webinar exploring the past and present manifestations of slavery, and how Islam and other religions viewed it. A brutally honest program that discussed this topic in great depth. Video starts at 29:20. 30 million people are living in modern slavery today, the world has […]

5 Ways Mosques Can Respond to Anti-Muslim Demonstrations

By Paul Iesa Galloway This Friday and Saturday October 9th and 10th, 2015 the ridiculously named Global Rally for Humanity will take place outside American mosques across the country. Sadly, the Global Rally for Humanity is not a positive event that is designed to help uplift vulnerable or oppressed people like refugees; instead it's a series […]

Friday Links

In Montreal, teenagers knocked a pregnant Mulslim woman to the ground by grabbing her hijab. Some have linked the attack to anti-Muslim bigotry fuelled by the federal debate over the place of the niqab in Canadian citizenship ceremonies. Show More Summary

Religion events from around the Washington area

3 days agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Saturday, 8 to 10:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast with regular and buckwheat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, fruit and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Potato Project, run by the Society of St. Andrews and St. Paul’s Hunger Ministry. Show More Summary

Redoing My Duas – Mental Illness and Worship

By Ethar Hamid I feel genuinely uncomfortable at the beginning and ending of every supplication. Ever since I was told that I should begin and end my du'a by praising Allah and sending peace upon the Prophet, I have had a gnawing at my mind before and after the prayer. Praise be to Allah, praise be […]

A Tale of Two Leaders: The Contrasting Messages of Pope Francis and King Salman

3 days agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Ziyad Motala Washington, D.C. played host to Pope Francis and the China’s Premier Xi Jinping last week. Commentators made comparisons of the symbolism and the lessons to be drawn from the visits of the contrasting leaders. But here is another comparison, perhaps more worthy of consideration. A few weeks ago, the Saudi monarch King [Read More...]

Niqab as an #Elxn42 Issue? Ridiculous

This post originally appeared in New Canadian Media. The recent decision in Canada by the Federal Court of Appeal that ruled in favour of Zunera Ishaq, who challenged the ban on the niqab at Canadian citizenship ceremonies, has resurrected a non-issue into an election topic. Show More Summary

Call For Writers!

MMW is looking for more writers to analyze and critique media representations of Muslim women. If you’re interested, email with two or more writing samples, any experience you have (school- or job-related), and tell us a little bit about yourself: why you’d like to write for us, and what you think your perspective could [Read More...]

Ouroboros, Part 1 – Trapped

Layth lifted his chin. “I love you habibti, but there’s no way I’m leaving Hassan to face this danger alone. The believers are like a wall. They’re only strong together.

In Troubling Times, Appreciating Security

Peacefully, you tread a busy marketplace. People sell, others buy. Children run about, carefree. As you go about, the thought of this same place abandoned, covered in an eerie silence does not cross your mind. But time and time again it has occurred. Our hearts are between the fingers of Allah, He changes them […]

How Well is the U.S. Prepared to Welcome and Support Refugees?

5 days agoReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Malika MacDonald Given the refugee crisis that is gripping Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Turkey and spilling into Europe after years of bloodshed in Syria, the pressure is on the Obama Administration to accept more refugees into the United States. But aside from the debates and questions about how best to help refugees and how [Read More...]

Handling Painful Moments with Grace

By Sayeda Habib Life is uncertain. We don't know what any day will bring, but one thing that human beings have a lot of is resilience. We CAN bounce back from anything– even a crisis situation. We know as Muslims, that challenges will come, and that Allah will only give us what we can handle. We […]

Making Sense of “the Other”: A Review of Without Shame by Katherine Russell

I am not going to lie, I started reading Without Shame with some skepticism – and I have to confess that skepticism stemmed at least in part from the author’s background and previous writing. Katherine Russell is a non-Muslim, white Western writer with a background in poetry and love stories. In 2006 she published a [Read More...]

Book Review: International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

By Dr Azher Siddiqui   Title:               International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies Author:           Sameen Ahmed Khan (Dhofar University, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman) Publisher:        LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany Details:            96 pages (30 July 2015).         Price: 49.90 €. Show More Summary

Religion events from around the Washington area

last weekReligion / Islam : On Faith

Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon: Last chance for “Our Local Bounty” farmers market to offer Maryland produce, other foods and jewelry this season. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or full article >>

Death of a Hajj

last weekReligion / Islam : altmuslim

By Ali Asadullah Editor’s Note: This op-ed is part of our Hajj 2015 series. Tragedy striking during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca is not a new phenomenon. As news reports continue to trickle in about the 2015 stampede that claimed some 717 souls, one immediately recalls previous incidents where stampedes, fires and other causes [Read More...]

Introduction to Ouroboros – The Saga Continues! | Wael Abdelgawad

The last chapter of Hassan’s Tale was published in September 2014. Now here we are, almost exactly a year later, ready to begin the final series in this long and exciting saga.

Eid Mubarak!

Wishing all of our readers a happy, peaceful and blessed Eid Al-Adha!

Criticizing “Hajj Selfies” And “Praise Retweets” Can Also Be Riyaa’

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From Madinah to Makkah – How Hajj Prepares Us to Do the Hard Work

last weekReligion / Islam : altmuslim

Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Altmuslim’s Hajj 2015 reflection series. By Wadud Hassan By the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), my family and I were fortunate to perform our Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah last year. We had a very pleasant journey and a great experience to remember for the [Read More...]

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