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Mawlid 2018: Praise Songs from Around the World

20 November, 2018 - 03:44
“For he is a human being, but not like human beings, as a ruby is a stone, but not like other stones”* To mark the occasion of the Mawlid, Muslims worldwide celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH. People come together to not only sing his praises, but to know his character, learn from his […]

Gaslighting, Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Rhetoric: What to Know

16 November, 2018 - 17:03
A brief tour of gaslighting. A thing happens, something is said or done. A person is told it did not happen, or that it did not happen the way she thinks it did. This telling can come from individuals, as well as groups, and is a means of seizing and maintaining power. (One can indeed […]

How One Ottoman Reconciled Islamic Teachings with Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

13 November, 2018 - 03:51
In 1913, Abdullah Cevdet, a prominent Ottoman materialist and science popularizer, wrote an essay in his controversial magazine İctihad, in response to the arrest of three teachers for teaching Darwinian evolution in a Turkish city. “Any country” Cevdet warned, “where commenting on the laws of evolution or speaking about Darwinism is perceived to be blasphemous […]

As #TreeofLife Shows, Trump’s Mainstreaming of Hate Puts All Minorities in Danger

6 November, 2018 - 22:14
By Ibrahim Hooper The horrific anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which resulted in the loss of 11 precious lives, was the devastating yet inevitable consequence of the daily mainstreaming of racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant hate and Islamophobia by President Donald Trump and an extremist minority of his followers. […]

Muslims and Voting – What Does Sharia Have To Do With It?

1 November, 2018 - 19:22
So, does sharia advocate for American Muslims to try to enact Muslim rules of behavior as the law of the land? Are we supposed to be pushing for a national ban on alcohol, for example, or to require attendance at Friday prayers? The answer is no, but to understand why, we need a little Sharia 101.

On Rape/Sexual Assault Tropes in Muslim Communities – An Islamic Response (Part II)

25 October, 2018 - 03:27
Editorial Note: TRIGGER WARNING – This article contains explicit stories of sexual assault and trauma. This is part two of a two-part series on rape culture and sexual abuse within Muslim communities and will focus on other arguments used to blame victims as well as examining these arguments from the Islamic standpoint. Part one debunks […]

Are Muslims Willing to Travel the Road to Religious Modernity?

22 October, 2018 - 20:51
Islam as it developed up to this point, especially the one promoted by wealthy Arabs is a highly legalistic institution where many Muslims tend to ask so-called religious scholars if something is halal (allowed) or haram (forbidden). A philosophy of anti-enjoyment of life is prevalent among many, believing that any enjoyment here on earth is […]

It’s Time to Boycott Saudi Arabia

15 October, 2018 - 23:23
For Muslims, Makkah, where the Ka’ba is located, is the epicenter of their faith and Madinah, home of the Prophet’s mosque, their sanctuary for spiritual bliss. These two cities happen to be in Saudi Arabia, which is once again in the news for the most chilling of reasons, presenting Muslims with a difficult decision to […]

Where are the Men? Reuniting Islam and Masculinity in our Modern Times

8 October, 2018 - 23:32
I was headed to a class on public transport in Cairo, Egypt when I heard the sound of something slamming into a wall. When I turned to my right, I saw a woman attempting to pick up her phone from the floor. A man towered over her and was yelling. When she finally found it, […]

Deconstructing the Muslim Male Gaze

5 October, 2018 - 23:33
Islam is not sexist, but sometimes, Muslim men are. Islam is not misogynistic, but sometimes, Muslim men are. My words may be alarming, but they are not meant to be accusatory. Muslim men: You are privileged to live in a world that has largely been shaped by male paradigms, one that has been written in […]

7 Things That Can Make or Break MSAs (Muslim Student Associations)

26 September, 2018 - 18:42
Throughout the past decade, I’ve worked with a variety of MSAs (Muslim Student Associations) in different capacities. My first days as a Muslim were spent as an undergraduate, stumbling through leadership positions in my first MSA and largely failing to bring about good programming or developing a cohesive community. After graduating and working with other […]