• COVID-19: How Islam Supports the Experts

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  • Blame It On the Cold: Infections and Misconceptions

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  • Non-Muslim Biographies of the Prophet Strengthened My Faith

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  • Pause and Appreciate the Power of Pleasure – Then Call it In

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  • Bernie building momentum with Muslim voters

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  • MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Profaning the Sacred

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When Islam Is Not a Religion

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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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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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Bernie building momentum with Muslim voters

Bernie is drawing in Muslim Americans, and University of Arkansas Law Professor, Khaled Beydoun, summed up why in one tweet: He was the first candidate to explicitly condemn Islamophobia. He visited scores of mosques and met with Muslim leadership. He appointed visible Muslim leaders to his campaign team in ’16 and…

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MUSLIM MICROLESSONS: Profaning the Sacred

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.  It is necessary that we have some brief exploration of sacred practices and spaces. This…

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‘A long time coming’: These Muslims are bringing sex abuse by sheikhs out of the shadows

For Sidrah Ahmad-Chan, the moment felt surreal. Listening to a Muslim psychologist speaking about patterns of abuse while on stage at the American Islamic College on Saturday (Jan. 11), she pulled up Twitter. “First panel discussion and I am already reeling,” typed Ahmad-Chan, a Toronto-based researcher studying gender-based violence and…

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The Rise of Video Game Addiction

Playing video games is enjoyed by more than 2.2 billion people, which makes it one of the most popular hobbies in the world. This beloved hobby is gaining new fans every year because it can be equally enjoyed by men, women, and children of all ages.  While playing video games…

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Muslim Microlessons: Pharaoh and Fragments

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.  We commonly raise our Muslim children to have one foot in this world and the…

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Is Uber Safe? Tips For Muslim Women

Uber is a popular ride-hailing app, but numerous criticisms of passenger safety have come to light over the past few years. For example, at least  103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in the last four years, a report by CNN found. Uber safety is therefore naturally…

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