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White Muslim

“Sooo You’re Muslim. But… You’re White?”

Religion isn’t something you can easily read off people’s faces, culture on the other hand more likely is. And there’s an enormous line between those two. As a matter of fact, they often contradict with each other. Sure, our prophet was an Arab but we’re civilized enough to not judge a book by its cover, …

where is my home

“Where is My Home?” An American Muslim Wife Ponders

I’m still not sure where my home is. I think of going back to Marrakech, and I’m filled with warmth and excitement for everything that await me there.. Though I was born and raised in the United States, for much of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 I lived in Marrakech, Morocco, my husband’s hometown. …

thanksgiving

What American Muslims Think of Thanksgiving?

On Thanksgiving Day be sure to pass the halal turkey and top the sweet potato casserole with pork-free marshmallows because Muslims from all across the 50 states will be sitting down to a meal on Thursday during this most American of holidays. “Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays,” said Shauna Merbouhi, who …

thanksgiving

An Islamic Thanksgiving?

In Islam, thanksgiving is not only a particular religious act or service; it is the whole life. The whole life should be lived in obedience to our Ultimate Benefactor, Allah.

Muslim Contributions

Recognizing US Muslim Contributions to Science

A very special event has taken place last week in Washington DC that showcased modern Muslim contributions to science. Michael Jackman of MetroTimes.com has reported on November 15. If you know history, it’s no surprise that Muslim contributions to science are important and far-reaching. At that time, Europe was under its superstitious dark ages. On the other …

Laila Alawa

Syrian-American Alawa on Forbes List of Amazing Change-Makers

Laila Alawa, an American Muslim of Syrian origin, has been selected among the amazing change-makers in this year’s Forbes #30Under30 list. The 24-year-old lady is the co-founder and CEO of The Tempest, a website, which gathers 500,000 hits per month.  Alawa originally geared her website toward Muslim women but pivoted to incorporate women of all ethnic backgrounds. The site has more …

Muslim prayer

A Muslim Prayer & "Trick or Treat"

Read this adorable story that brother Shibli Zaman shared on his facebook account about Halloween night ,October 2016.   As I recited the Qur’an in the second unit of my evening prayers, the door bell rang. I could hear the children giggling outside my front door and a woman shushing them to be quiet. I …

convert

Beware of the Convert Zone – What Not to Say to a Convert

Recently, I was at a local park with my daughters, attempting to follow their exuberant patterns as they capered joyfully from swing to slide to monkey bars. After several minutes, I became aware of an elderly couple nearby.   Apparently they were observing me and my children with interest. The man had a long, bushy grey …

Healthcare

Religious Beliefs Shape Healthcare Attitudes

Beliefs shape attitudes toward health, influencing how people utilize healthcare services. For Muslims living in Islamic countries, this can lead to a straightforward approach toward healthcare due to shared beliefs between practitioners and patients. But for Muslims living in non-Muslim countries, healthcare can prove to be a much greater challenge. This is commonly due to …



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