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Cloudy with a chance of suhoor

The past six Ramadans, I rise before the sun does. It’s not to eat suhoor, nor do I prepare it for my husband. I trudge by him as he groggily slurps down a bowl of O’s, we exchange a look of mutual exhaustion. It’s a call that summons me awake, reminding me that there’s something greater than sleep. Motherhood.

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Ramadan Recipes: Aya’s Roasted Veggie Salad

I absolutely love roasted veggies, they are delicious, versatile, and super super healthy! The veggies alone in this dish are amazing, but I’ve added a really tasty mayo mustard sauce to compliment the dish, its super creamy and absolutely delicious. This dish can be eaten hot, cold or at room…

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Father’s Duh

Becoming a dad ruined my life. Now, before you fire up an angry e-mail, delete my blog from your bookmarks, or un-follow me on Twitter, let me offer some context. I’ve been a dad for about five-and-a-half years now, and with this past weekend marking the annual occurrence that is Father’s Day, I got to thinking about just how wildly off course my life has veered…

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OUR VOICES, EPISODE 3: MUSLIM WOMEN AND MENTAL HEALTH

Hosted by writer/mentor: Na’Aisha Malika B Austin. Produced and Directed by Founder of Muslimah Montage/Assitant Editor at AltMuslimah: Sabina Khan-Ibarra. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and watch our panel of experts discuss important issues surrounding Muslim women and Mental Health:     Our Guests: Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry Dr. Chaudhry…

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Top Ten List: Muslims Who Save Lives

Last month, Rolling Stone featured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its magazine, triggering a firestorm of outrage and controversy. The move was widely experienced as an affront to all those whose lives were devastated by the Boston bombings. There is a concern that Tsarnaev and his ilk are being glorified for…

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Zarinah El-Amin Naeem

My work seeks to inspire, enlighten, and empower women of all walks of life through education, publications, media, and fashion. Overall, my mission is simply to be a vehicle which works to create a global culture of love for all. Who are you? I am from a place that people…

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Living with a Bipolar spouse

Mental illness is a dirty secret in the Muslim community. It’s seen as a curse, as an embarrassment, as something to be kept hidden. In many countries it’s not spoken about, and certainly not medically treated. It’s something you get over, because you really don’t have any choice. It goes…

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An Interview With a Spin

What is it that you’ve set out to do with With A Spin? What inspired the idea? I’ve always enjoyed adding my personal spin to the culture I was brought up in with the one I spent most of my adult life.  The goal of With A Spin is to make…

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Living with a Bipolar spouse

Mental illness is a dirty secret in the Muslim community. It’s seen as a curse, as an embarrassment, as something to be kept hidden. In many countries it’s not spoken about, and certainly not medically treated. It’s something you get over, because you really don’t have any choice. It goes…

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Muslim, Bipolar, and still unmarried

My girlfriends and I talk constantly about how difficult it is for us to find suitable husbands nowadays. “We’re amazing,” we reassure ourselves, half-jokingly, half-sincerely. “Anyone would be lucky to nab us!” Maybe we are all amazing, but there is something a little extra that I bring to the table–I…

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An Interview With a Spin

What is it that you’ve set out to do with With A Spin? What inspired the idea? I’ve always enjoyed adding my personal spin to the culture I was brought up in with the one I spent most of my adult life.  The goal of With A Spin is to make…

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Recovering from an eating disorder during Ramadan

Sofia always used to look forward to Ramadan.   It wasn’t the religious rituals or the spirituality of the holy Islamic month that was most appealing. Rather, she says, “it was because my family would praise me for not eating”.   But early last year, Sofia, who’s currently a university…

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30 Days 30 Deeds: Mukhtar Mai

People amaze me. With their strength; their courage; their resilience; their tenacity; their compassion.  I think there’s nothing more powerful or empowering than feeling inspired by the personal story of another – learning from their struggles and triumphs, gaining strength from their patience and determination, feeling emboldened by their resolve…

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Ramadan and repentance, through a child’s eyes

I was nine years old when I made one of my first major pleas of repentance to God. It was Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. Kids are not required to fast until they hit puberty, but even in kindergarten, I hated being left out of Ramadan and begged my parents to let me fast. To put an end to my whining, they told me that if I didn’t eat anything between my meals, it would count as a “half-fast.”

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Not in my house

“H-H-Hello, Asalaamu’alaykum. Umm, my name is Amna and I have two young children. The state is terminating my parental rights, and there’s nothing I can do. I didn’t know who else to call.

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Who’s Your Husband?

Now, that may sound like a weighty question for a single mom to answer, but I welcome it. My four-year-old has been interested in my love life as of late (kindergarten matchmaker perhaps?) and she has approached me with one question after another on the matter.  Fortunately, her interrogations amuse…

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Why I keep the fact that I’m Muslim to myself

You wouldn’t know my secret by looking at me. You wouldn’t see me walking down the street and give me that knowing nod of understanding. Because, honestly, you can’t tell that I’m a Muslim. I’m a middle-aged woman (first time I wrote that out… ouch), born and raised in the…

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