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  • The silence of shame

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  • As a woman in media, sexual harassment was the norm

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Why I cannot sign the petition to support Tariq Ramadan

On Friday, Professor Tariq Ramadan, who is arguably Europe’s most influential Muslim public intellectual of the last twenty years, was charged in Paris with two counts of rape and put under criminal investigation. Since these allegations first surfaced last October, Professor Ramadan has repeatedly denied them. The campaign group, “Justice…

'All the World has been made a Mosque for Me'

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Mothers’ Day is due

apprehend \a-pri-ˈhend\ – to grasp the meaning of; understand, especially intuitively; perceive. Mothers’s Day is due. And it’s purpose is to apprehend our mothers – for a single day, a single moment of that day, to focus our luminescent faculty of ‘Aql given us by God. Surely we are capable of…

Raising My Son

By Jehanara Haider Ever since November 7th, I have been struggling with sleepless nights. I toss and turn, thinking of my three-year-old son, worrying what this country has in store for him as an American Muslim. How can I help him navigate the bigotry and sheer ignorance he will surely encounter? How…

Muslim Women Changemakers

Zainab Chaudary

After spending three years living and studying in Europe, this Jersey girl had an epiphany: that instead of belonging nowhere, I, in fact, belonged everywhere.   Who are you? When I was younger, I used to think I belonged nowhere. I was raised very Pakistani, with a keen sense of…

Shereen Yousuf

Being cast as “outsiders” from the dominant Muslim community is a reality that many Shias, myself included, feel that they experience on a regular basis.  This is why I’m interested in considering ways in which we can seek inclusion within the Muslim community, while being mindful of our differences.  I…

Ameena Khan

My artwork is guided by the principal that the right painting can transcend boundaries of culture, language, location and even time to touch hearts and transform communities.  I believe that art not only brings us joy, but the very best art challenges us to reconsider our most deeply held convictions….

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The silence of shame

I was 16 the first time I experienced a panic attack. I was standing by the stairs of my parents’ New Jersey townhouse, looking at myself in the mirror, admiring the way my new turquoise blue salwar kameez draped down in graceful folds. Suddenly the room started spinning and I…

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The Irreplaceable Asma Jehangir

Asma Jehangir was nothing short of a superhero for Pakistani women who wanted someone with grit and an indomitable spirit to stand up to “The Man.” Be it the military overstepping its mandate, a popular autocrat’s absolute power or the trampling of minority rights, Jehangir was ever ready to push…

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Lean on Us: The First Umrah for Families with Special Needs Members

altMuslimah’s Zehra Rizavi recently interviewed Joohi Tahir, the Executive Director of the non-profit MUHSEN, an organization founded by Shaykh Omar Suleiman that advocates for families and individuals in Muslim American communities with special needs members. A few weeks ago, MUHSEN launched an endeavor never before undertaken by any other Muslim…

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