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Ramadan wisdoms

“30days30deeds” is a Ramadan blog created by Salma Hasan Ali to share the essence of the month through personal stories of gratitude, compassion and tradition. This year Salma has collected wisdoms passed down from elders to their loved ones—one wisdom for each day of Ramadan. AltMuslimah would like to share two of these…

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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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My Son, My Bodhisattva

My son, Ibrahim, arrived small yet mighty in a Central Asian hospital one February morning, a miniature version of his Afghan father; brown skin, dark hair, a broad brow. On the inside, he carried my O- blood. I knew that this child was cut from the same cloth as my…

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Professor Atiya Aftab

Living out gender equality at home

My father grew up in India. He was raised in a conservative family and lived in a patriarchal culture. His sisters and mother lived lives that revolved around the home– raising children, preparing meals and hosting guests. However, more was expected of my father. He was, after all, the eldest…

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Learning to Breathe

These days I’m unsettled.  I feel like we are on the cusp of a major change.  By ‘we’ I mean The World, The United States, Society as a Whole, Islam, My Family, Me. My wise friend, Heather, tells us to breathe through the change but I’m scared of change.  I…

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An Interview With a Spin

What is it that you’ve set out to do with With A Spin? What inspired the idea? I’ve always enjoyed adding my personal spin to the culture I was brought up in with the one I spent most of my adult life.  The goal of With A Spin is to make…

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OUR VOICES, EPISODE 3: MUSLIM WOMEN AND MENTAL HEALTH

Hosted by writer/mentor: Na’Aisha Malika B Austin. Produced and Directed by Founder of Muslimah Montage/Assitant Editor at AltMuslimah: Sabina Khan-Ibarra. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and watch our panel of experts discuss important issues surrounding Muslim women and Mental Health:     Our Guests: Dr. Rukhsana Chaudhry Dr. Chaudhry…

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