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To CVE or Not to CVE, That Is the Question

By Mobeen Vaid Overview Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), as defined by the Department of State in a recent CVE joint strategy document, “refers to proactive actions to counter efforts by violent extremists to radicalize, recruit,Show More Summary

Haute History Made: First Muslim Designer To Showcase On New York Fashion Week Mainstage

By Melanie Elturk It's an interesting time to be a hijab-wearing Muslim woman right now. In between flashes of political turmoil on TV, hate crimes, burkini bans and endless condemnation posts on social media, there's a lot going on in the life of a “hijabi” these days. Despite learning how to navigate this tricky landscape, I'm […]

75 Reasons Muslims Must Stop With Their Terrorism Condemnation Ritual

By Ismail Ibrahim (Reading time without references: 45 minutes) The Islamic faith requires Muslims to believe in and practice five pillars. In our day and age, condemning terrorism committed by extremists seems to have become the sixth pillar.[1] There is an online video of a Muslim commentator on Australian television giving an interview to a […]

Why Trump Is Suprisingly Good for Muslims

Does all this mean that Muslims should vote for the odious Donald Trump? Muslims should definitely consider voting third party in at least the non-swing states. But if one is planning to vote for either Clinton or Trump in a swing state, then hopefully I have presented good reasons to consider voting for Trump over Clinton in particular. Show More Summary

Teach Your Kids About Black Lives Matter Now

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 Blues

  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 […]

Listening to Women’s Voices: Highlighting Female Reciters in Ramadan

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 […]

Decolonizing the Mosque II: On Being Latinx and Muslim

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. […]

Confessions of a Fasting Muslim

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 […]

‘Halal speed dating’: bringing together Muslim (professional) couples

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 […]

Beyonce, Sexuality, and Non-Black Muslim Women

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 […]

Zari: A Puppet of Awesomness

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 & […]

#LoveRally on April 10, 2016

6 months agoReligion / Islam : islamicate

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...

Leading Edge - Conference

6 months agoReligion / Islam : islamicate

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...

Reuter's Coverage of America to Zanzibar

6 months agoReligion / Islam : islamicate

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...

Muslim Female Boxers Featured In Documentary

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 […]

A Profile of Yasmin Choudhury, Founder of Lovedesh

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 […]

When I Grow Up: Syrian Girls Envision Their Future

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 […]

Where I Stand with Beyoncé’s Formation | Khalil Ismail

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. […]

When Muslim women are not welcome for Valentine’s

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 […]

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