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Laura El Alam

Laura El Alam embraced Islam in 2000 and is a wife and mother of five. She was previously a columnist for InFocus News and currently writes for SISTERS Magazine, AlJumuah and aboutislam. While the many demands of motherhood often make her head spin, she finds serenity in reading, writing, and of course, Islam.

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Breastfeeding: The Crucial First Months

Breastfeeding: The Crucial First Months

If you are pregnant and planning to breastfeed or if you recently gave birth and are just starting on your nursing adventure, congratulations!  This article is for you, Insha’Allah. In the holy Qur’an, Allah SWT says,  “Mothers shall breastfeed their children for two whole years, for those who wish to complete the term.” (2:233) In His …

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Is Feminism Compatible with Islam?

Is Feminism Compatible with Islam?

Read part one It must be acknowledged that there are headline-grabbing, self-proclaimed Muslim feminists who advocate some measures that blatantly contradict Islam as understood by Muslims throughout generations, since the time of the Prophet (PBUH). One of them, for instance, advocates for women to serve as imams for jumuah prayer and in fact led a mixed-gender Friday prayer …

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Being a Feminist, I Chose to Convert to Islam

Before I embraced Islam at the age of 25, I considered myself a staunch feminist.  Most young women in my circle of friends did, and with good reason. Throughout our childhoods in the United States, we had routinely witnessed grown women and girls like us being disrespected by males, sexually harassed, and denied opportunity.  The …

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When Muslims Pull Fellow Muslims Away From Religion

Read part one Amina and Redha were immigrants.  As a doctor and a pharmacist, they were successful professionals who had a comfortable home and financial security. Their biggest challenge was raising their children as practicing Muslims, particularly as their oldest child, Basma, entered adolescence.  Basma was thriving in school, academically and socially.  While it was …

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