When Islam Is Not a Religion

a symposium articles

Ramadan in the Time of Covid-19

When I was a tween, I visited my aunt and her family in Hyderabad, Pakistan. She had heard from my parents that I had become agnostic, and, as someone who had survived a lot of hardship by clinging to an intimate, present sense of God in her own life, she…

Embracing my daughter’s superpower

“Mommy, am I autistic?” It was a question I hadn’t expected as I drove with my then-13-year-old daughter on our way to a doctor’s appointment.  We’d never hidden it, but my husband and I did not want to label her at an early age with any kind of diagnosis. We…

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Dating While Black & Muslim

Being Black and Muslim in America isn’t easy. Whenever I meet someone new, curious about my racially ambiguous features dressed in modest Islamic clothing, including the hijab, they usually ask where are you from? I say Massachusetts. And then they say no, where are you from from? And I answer, I’m American, Black and Latina, and Muslim….

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Impact of COVID-19: Violence in the Home

*This is the first part of a series of post related to the impact of COVID-19 Like ripples in water, the whole world is experiencing the waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. And with each wave, we are trying to find ways to cope with this “new normal”. Although some of the…

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Ramadan 2020: Prayers of, by, and for the People

Shahrullah-al-Moazzam. Shehrullah. Share-ullah. Share Allah.  “Shehrullah” literally translates to “the month of Allah” in Arabic. Or is it in Persian? In a mix of the two? To be honest with you, I couldn’t really care less which exact language it is; or rather, I am out of energy to find…

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Faith in the Time of Corona

I love it when people come together to share an experience. It could be eating in packed restaurants, standing in long lines for concerts or new phones, or packed sports events.  Basically, I love everything we cannot partake in during these COVID times. And now with Spring upon us, you can…

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Dieting in Quarantine

Zainab Sarwar has been helping altM readers for years with their diet and wellness. Here’s some advice from her to help us through this difficult time. Asma: As we are trapped at home, how do we stay focused on eating well? How do we avoid eating excess food out of…

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COVID-19: How Islam Supports the Experts

Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?”  The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Tie her (your camel) and trust in Allah.” Islam is a religion that supports both trust in Allah and trust…

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MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Plague, Ramadan, Oppression

Muslim Microlessons are regular spiritual nuggets by Omer Mozaffar, who has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources, and has addressed theological, personal, social matters for college students of all sectarian outlooks.  Plague continues. Quarantine continues. Divert stress with Iman. A week into Ramadan fasting, whether you…

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Blame It On the Cold: Infections and Misconceptions

“I drank too much cold water again,” my nanny sighed as she put a cup of tea in the microwave, her voice cracking.  She has been nursing a cough and an irritated throat for the past two weeks and the arrival of the coronavirus outbreak in our corner of Queens, NY…

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Non-Muslim Biographies of the Prophet Strengthened My Faith

I was distrustful of people who are not Muslim writing biographers of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): How can someone understand the messenger without believing in the message? Or the unseen and the miracles? Is not mocking and defaming Muhammad a usual trope of Christian polemicists since the early days of Islam?…

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