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Always the Elephant

The elephant in every room Into which I stride All eyes on Miss Never the Bride Walking down the lonely aisle of life Holding a wilting bouquet of pride Faith in God, Hope in community lost Receiving judgment, hurtful thoughts, Wrecking ball stares Pity for a state no one cares…

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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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Where There is Ruin, Treasure Awaits

We live in a time when good days are hard to find. Each morning, it appears as if the world fell apart a little more overnight.  The Rohingya genocide looms. Yemeni children continue to starve. And American democracy dangles on the slender threads of Presidential tweets. Then, there are stories…

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A New Convert Reflects on the Last 10 Days of Ramadan

As a very new Muslim at the end of my first ever Ramadan I believe Islam should come with a warning label, but not for the reason many non-Muslims might think. WARNING: Ramadan may cause addiction to Islam and community. The first week of Ramadan was overwhelming. While I had…

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Muslims and American Values are Not at Odds

Recently, a public policy research group called the  CATO Institute published a report on how Muslim Americans, comprised mostly of immigrants and their children, are liberalizing their views on a variety of political and social topics once they arrive in the U.S.  The article, which draws its data from a…

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Unmosqued and #AllMalePanels

When you’ve been unmosqued for a while and hang out in online spaces where you get introduced to amazing work by women scholars, you wonder, “why have I never encountered this in the mosque or the MSA?” Then you learn about the pervasive social phenomenon of #allmalepanels that infects most…

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Confessions of an Introverted Liberal Muslim Feminist

It should come as no surprise that extroverted personalities tend to be more socially successful. They have more friends, they laugh more often in social gatherings, and their voices, literal and metaphorical, are often heard most frequently. Introverts are usually encouraged to talk more and interact more; essentially, to be…

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My Response to the Orlando Tragedy from a Muslim with a Gay Parent

Editor’s Note: As with all topics relating to country of origin, language, theology, race and lifestyle, the staff of altMuslimah reminds readers that each piece is the sole work and personal opinion of the author and do not represent the collective beliefs of the altMuslimah staff, affiliates, or advertisers. “But…

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