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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‘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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An Accidental Activist (an excerpt from Our Muslim Neighbors)

Arriving in 1970, Victor (Ghalib) Beggsuccessfully built a chain of thriving furniture stores. Using his entrepreneurial skills, he co-founded an ethnically diverse mosque and influential community organizations in Metro-Detroit. Along the way, he discovered that America’s greatest promise lies in building healthy communities with our neighbors.The American Dream is alive and…

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Doing Hajj every day

We are on a bus in stop-and-go traffic that makes my stomach turn – we are saved from crashing into a suddenly-merging car by some miracle every three-and-a-half minutes or so. We have packed lightly. We do not have movies to watch and our cell phone internet is spotty –…

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