by Sana H. Aaser hile Muslims were celebrating the final days of Ramadan and Eid, two unarmed black men – Philando Castile and Alton Sterling – were shot and killed by police officers in separate events in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge. These recent events underscore a disheartening trend: young black men in America are nine times more likely […]
Ramadan is almost over, and as ever, I find myself wondering, how did that happen? Time does pass slower when you’re fasting, but it is the hours that slow down – especially during the long summer afternoons. The days seem to fly past. And today I looked at the schedule tacked onto the fridge […]
Ramadan is a month when many of us try to spend more time reading the Qur’an, or listening to recitations. I recently spoke to Zahra Khan about her efforts to draw more attention to recitations by women and girls. KR: Can you describe the project? ZK: The FITNA Women Reciters Ramadan Campaign is an online project […]
This is the second, stand-alone, part of Decolonizing the Mosque. Part I is available here. “Mexican and Muslim? Does that mean Al-Qaeda is teaming up with El Chapo, now?” Border patrol officer in Canada, 2014. I am on edge. As Ramadan unfolds, I know images of Latinx Muslims will make it into the media again. […]
By Maysaa Fahour “I'm starving,” is uttered from my mouth at least a dozen times a day during Ramadan. Other things like, “Why?” and, “I can't even…” are also spilled out and it wouldn't be a lie if I said I have wanted to break my fast many times over the years. My reputation is embarrassing when […]
A few days ago, Malaysian online news platform Malay Mail Online reported on how some married Muslim men in Malaysia are using “halal speed dating” to find a second wife. Halal Speed Dating (HSD) is a matchmaking platform for Muslims, co-founded by Malaysian couple Munirah Tunai Shamsidi and Zuhri Yuhyi. Together they run matchmaking events […]
Last month, Beyonce released her latest visual album, Lemonade. And the responses have been numerous. On CBC’s q, Naila Keleta-Mae called it masterful and discussed the legacy that Beyonce is creating. Courtney Lee listed the lessons about Black womanhood she sees, over at Sojourner, and the presence of God and Christianity in the album, over […]
I have a crush on a muppet. Yes, my most recent girl-crush is on a fuzzy magenta puppet in vibrant dresses. I am smitten with Sesame Street’s newest family member from Afghanistan: Zari. I grew up watching Sesame Street. My mom tells me how my schedule as a preschooler was set around watching Ernie & […]
I'll be speaking at a rally to counter the hate emerging out of this year's Presidential Election Cycle. Please join if you can on Sunday, April 30, 2016 at 2PM in New York City, by New York University. The official letter about the program is here. Dear Friends: As the...
I'll be speaking at the following conference on a Muslim theology of Black Lives Matter. I've spoke at the church before on a similar topic, but this will be different. “Body Politics” :: Jan 17 @middlechurch from Middle Collegiate Church on Vimeo. The Leading Edge 2016: REVOLUTIONARY LOVE—Tools, Tactics, and...
Here is a Reuter’s video on the exhibit America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, for which I was the lead academic advisor. I had no idea the tie was rakishly crooked. The Muslim Culture Exhibition on TRT Showcase from Reuters Content Solutions...
The narrative of the female who shows strength through fighting — be it at home, in school, at work, in sports or simply day to day in a society that has historically mistreated her — is one that resonates with women (and hopefully men, insha'Allah) across all walks of life. Whether she lives in the […]
This week I interviewed Yasmin Choudhury, winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year at the British Muslim Awards for her social entrepreneurship business, Lovedesh. Waking up early to talk to me on a Saturday morning, Yasmin was full of energy, despite the time. She jumped straight in with the background on how Lovedesh started. During […]
names changed to protect privacy I came across an uplifting piece by David Sim of the IB Times featuring gorgeous photographs of Syrian girls envisioning their future career goals. They pose as a radiologist examining X-Rays or as an architect holding building and project plans. The series is called “When I Grow Up” and was […]
Before I state my piece, let me be clear where I'm coming from. As a lyricist and producer myself, I appreciate raw talent, and there's no doubt that Beyoncé has been gifted with it. I've been in this industry for eight years, and during this time, I've had my work featured on nationally syndicated television. […]
Valentine’s Day used to be a big day for me when I was a teenager. While the original “cupid” is more than a little problematic and the capitalist, gendered and heteronormative nature of the holiday is absolutely real, in urban middle-class Mexican society it was often considered an “opportunity.” An opportunity to make your feelings […]
Ultimately, my frustration lies with the American Muslim community. It is us who refuse to face the reality behind a recurring cycle of violence that is buttressed by deep-seated Islamophobia . We continue to frantically put a band-aid...Show More Summary
Islam and the Future of Tolerance is a dialogue about the possibilities of reforming Islam between Sam Harris, neuroscientist and New Atheist, (one of the Four Horsemen of the Non-Apocalypse), and Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist turned reformist. As the book details, the idea for this discussion began in the wake of an Intelligence Squared […]
In January 2016, I was blessed to be invited to share the pulpit at two Collegiate churches in New York City. The first was Marble Collegiate Church, as part of their annual Trialogue amongst the Abrahamic traditions. January 10, 2016 Three Faiths, One Family from Marble Collegiate Church on Vimeo....
Kashif Pasta is the founder of Dunya, a communications agency that aims to bring relatable narratives to South Asian and Muslim communities in North America. He and his team recently produced Zoya, a short film following a high school girl who doesn’t quite expect her peers’ reactions when she decides to experiment with hijab. […]