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A woman is Qawwaam, too. How did we miss that?

“Men are the qawwamoon (protectors and maintainers) of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they [the men] support them [the women] from their [the men’s] means.“ Qur’an 4:34 Most Muslims, and perhaps even some non-Muslims, are familiar with this contentious Qur’anic verse. The Arabic…

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Making peace with death

I have found myself contemplating death ever since I returned from Hajj a few months ago. People perform Hajj to fulfill a religious obligation to God, to renew their faith in God, and to experience a sense of community with Muslims from around the world. In this sense, Hajj is…

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Interfaith Solidarity: Triumphs and Backlash

This article is part of a collaborative series commissioned by altMuslimah and Jewschool to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding between Muslim and Jewish communities experiencing a rise in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. This piece was originally published on October 17, 2017. At a time when political upheaval and rising waves of anti-Semitism and…

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Thoughts from a Muslim chaplain: A spiritually conscientious objection to Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Last week Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to be a life-long member of the highest legal court of arguably the most the most powerful country in the world—he was chosen as a United States Supreme Court justice.  From almost any spiritual or faith-based perspective, this appointment corrodes the soul of the…

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We are not a fitna

When I arrived for Eid-ul-Adha prayers at Noor Cultural Center in Toronto, my hopes were not high.  I have been, over the years, to dozens of mosques, in half a dozen countries, on four continents. Sometimes, I’ve been looking for a mosque to call home, a source of intellectual and spiritual…

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