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Handle with Care or Just Don’t Handle at All

The past couple of months have felt like a dam has broken as more and more women (and men) come forward to disclose their experiences with sexual harassment and/or assault and to name their abusers. I still am not sure what it is about this moment that has made people listen to the survivors, because […]

Friday Features

Things to Know About! Barbie’s latest doll is modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. The doll was revealed at the Glamour Women of the Year awards in New York. Muhammad expressed that having a doll modeled on a strong Muslim woman is “revolutionary.” Yoga has become an “approved” sports activity in Saudi Arabia. Nouf Marwaai, […]

The Day My Husband Fell

By Umaima Jafri Preface I am alone in the bedroom with our youngest child late one evening, in the Spring of 2017. If you were to meet our youngest today, you might not guess that he was a late talker, but he was. At two years old, he understood a lot, but his articulated words […]

Space at the Sports Table

A few years ago, a friend of mine pulled me over at a conference I was attending on sports and politics. “Shireen, how do I get a place at the table? There is never a space for me,” he said. I stopped what I was doing and looked him squarely in the eyes: “Build your […]

Navigating The Nouman Ali Khan Scandal

American Professor Randy Pausch famously said, “When there’s an elephant in the room, introduce it.” So let’s talk about Nouman Ali Khan. If you don’t know who he is, don’t worry. Two million followers on Facebook do, as do hundreds of thousands of students who benefitted from Bayyinah Institute, one of the most well-respected Arabic […]

Friday Features

Things to Know About! South Korea’s biggest cosmetic company aims to reach Muslim women and other women in South Asian with “darker” complexions, after losing some of its Chinese market over political tensions. However, it is yet to be defined what the company understands as “darker” complexions (not to mention, assumptions over Muslim women being […]

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Broadcasting…

Lately reading the news from around the world has felt like swimming in a wave pool. Every time you get over a wave and find your footing, another one comes and knocks you off your feet. It’s hard to rejoice in anything positive.  Having fun seems like a betrayal. Attempting to create art feels like […]

Questioning Authority in the Pursuit of Islamic Learning

Muhammad al-Hasan Wald al-Dadaw (b.1383/1963) (also known as Shaykh Muhammad al-Hassan al-Amin Walid al-Didu al-Shanqiti, Dedew) is a contemporary Mauritanian scholar who is rarely described without resorting to superlatives. He is certainly one of the most impressive ‘ulama of his generation. Show More Summary

How To Neutralize the Violent Jihadist Pull

By: Yaya J. Fanusie. Yaya is a former CIA counterterrorism analyst. He is the director of analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. He tweets at @signcurve and produces a personal storytelling podcast about his journey to Islam and working in national security called Rhythm of Wisdom. The […]

A Scintillating Secret To A Successful Marriage

A study published in the journal Personal Relationships has suggested how just a little display of gratitude between spouses is the key to improving a marriage.[1] It is not just one study, rather several that have found such levels of effectiveness of gratitude in one’s marriage. According to Dr. Katia Sol in her Tedx talk […]

The Difference Between Ibn Ali And Everyone Else (The Need For Authentic Dawah)

By Nurriddeen Knight I’m not sure if I ever interacted with Ibn Ali, I just noticed him, and later his wife and kids, among those sitting in an Islamic class in Masjid Muhammad of Atlantic City —seeing a family learning together were reason enough to smile. Recently that man that I only happened to notice […]

Nobody Cares About Black Muslims, He Said

I wrote the above entry in my journal because alone at home with a pen and paper is one of the few places I feel safe enough to be honest about my pain. The other places are when I am alone with Allah, when I am alone with those I love, and those whom I […]

Understanding Donald J. Trump’s Psychological Warfare | Mohamed Elibiary

It’s hard for non-Americans to reconcile the perception of our power as the globe’s only real superpower and our public’s political naiveté at times. However, truth be told we Americans are a very reluctant empire with the domestic political sophistication of a teenager. Why and how come the rest of the world wonders aloud, but, […]

“What Will They Say About Me?”: Nike Middle East’s New Ad

Brown women fiercely running, jumping and giving championship level side-eye. All of this is set to intense music and certainly an effective method of drawing in viewers- particularly from a corporate giant like Nike. The Nike brand has reached all corners of the earth and the Middle East and North African (MENA) region is no […]

Friday Links

Bodybuilder Shirin Nobahari is Iran’s first female bodybuilder. Recently, she was arrested for posting “nude pictures” of her training. In this video, she shares her experience while arrested, and the social taboos that surround her in Iran. These Muslim women aren’t about to let someone harass them or anyone else. They are the creators of […]

Apology without Apologetics | Jonathan Brown

So I’ve learned a few things over the last couple of days. First, I want to apologize to those hurt by how I addressed the topic of slavery in Islam. I should listen to my wife more.  She always tells me that I talk about things too much like a scholar and not enough like […]

BlackMuslimBan | Take Down the Wall in Your Hearts

It’s encouraging to see what happens when, despite our differences, we come together for the greater good. Seeing droves of people around the nation and world stand up with us against the unjust #MuslimBan gives me hope for a better world. However, I can’t help wondering what we as a Muslim community in America are […]

Executive Order on ‘Muslim Ban’ – What Do We Know

President Donald Trump is preparing to issue an executive order dramatically restricting refugee admissions to the U.S. and denying visas to individuals from countries his administration deems high-risk, according to congressional and advocacy organization sources briefed on a draft. Show More Summary

The Muslim Lords of CVE

The main idea behind Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), is that there is a way to intelligently articulate a future “path” to something called “radicalization” by Muslims, and this can be stopped before crimes are committed.  The Intercept last month  exposed a secret study by one of the principal purveyors of CVE, the FBI, that there is […]

SupportStandingRock: Water, Pasture, and Fire

Rasul Allah said: “The people are partners in three things: water, pastures and fire.” Sometimes, it takes a long time for a movement to gain traction within the mainstream Muslim American community.  Collaboration and coalition building between National Muslim organizing and advocacy groups and Native Americans is one of them. For Native Indian/ First Nations […]

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