Weekly roundup of altM news: June 20

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With all the stories on the Internet it can be difficult to always stay in the know. To help, we’ve searched the web for interesting pieces of news, videos and tips to help you start off your week on the right foot.

1. Muslim leaders: ‘We will not allow the extremists to define us’

Obama goes on tirade against Trump over 'radical Islam' 25:21/ CNN

Obama goes on tirade against Trump over ‘radical Islam’ 25:21/ CNN

More than 200 Muslims, including many American imams and scholars, have issued a joint statement condemning the attacks on Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people.

In the statement they write that Mohammad Ali, not ISIS, embodies the values of their faith and warn against simplistic philosophies that pit people aganist one another.

“We will not allow the extremists to define us, mold us in their benighted image, or sow the seeds of discord among us,” the statement reads. “We are one people, so let us all in good conscience and human solidarity reject this extremist narrative and assert our shared humanity and mutual respect for the sanctity of all human life.”

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, one of the statement’s co-writers, president of  Zaytuna College in California and one of the world’s most respected Muslim scholars, spoke with CNN about what statements, like the one about the Orlando shooting, can accomplish.
“We are one people, so let us all in good conscience and human solidarity reject this extremist narrative,” reads a statement issued by more than 200 Muslims condemning the Orlando shooting.  Tweet This!

2. When she needed a better hijab to run in she made one

This entrepreneur designed more comfortable hijabs for working out.

3. I don’t know why I pray but I keep trying

Charlotte Gomez / BuzzFeed

Charlotte Gomez / BuzzFeed

Ahmed Ali Akbar, a staff writer at Buzzfeed, talks about his relationship with prayer. He writes that prayer “isn’t so much a question of belief as it is a question of who I want to be.”

In the essay Akbar discusses his connection to prayer over a span of about 20 years. He starts his reflection with a memory of playing X-Men in the ladies’ break room in his mosque as a 7-year-old and finishes as a 28-year-old who is still working to find his place in his faith.

“When I pray, I don’t feel God,” Akbar writes. “On some lucky occasions, I feel a shiver of tension shoot through me or my arm hair stand up at a particularly beautiful recitation of the Qur’an. When I pray, it’s not because I believe in it, it’s more like: I choose it. There is something in me that needs to keep trying, even when I feel nothing.”

“Prayer isn’t so much a question of belief as it is a question of who I want to be,” Ahmed Ali Akbar writes in his essay about prayer.  Tweet This!

 

4. 17 absolutely stunning mosques from around the world

Nasir ol Molk Mosque in Shiraz City, Iran / en.wikipedia.org

Nasir ol Molk Mosque in Shiraz City, Iran / en.wikipedia.org

Buzzfeed curated a list of 17 stunning mosques from around the world. The list includes mosques such as the Masjid Dimaukom in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Philippines, which was painted a bright shade of pink to symbolize peace and love, and the Nizamiye Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, which upon the request of Nelson Mandela includes a medical clinic.

5. Great modest swimsuits that you should totally rock this summer

en.modanisa.com

en.modanisa.com

Buzzfeed curated a list 17 modest swimsuits to fit anyone’s budget. These suits allow you to have fun in the sun while still feeling comfortable in modest pieces. The most expensive suit on the list is the snake skin design fully closed swimsuit sold by Modanisa for $113 .08.

 

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This list was curated by Kaitlin Montgomery, altM News Editor

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