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I’m going to throw out some quick half-formed ideas in response to this article by Sufi Synik (via the indomitable Samar Kaukab): Half of the Muslims want me to shut up and take every single hadith (without considering its historical […]

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Happy VDay to all! Or, belated VDay depending on your madhab – according to Saudi moonsighting Valentine’s was yesterday 😉 The Gujarati origins of what was then known as “Velan-time Day” are well-established in the historical record. Rather than buy […]

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This is a guest post by Ali Asghar Alibhai. There is no question that the America my generation grew up in is much different than the America of now. I grew up in West Texas, a place that some might […]

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It’s fundamentally problematic for a man to weigh in on hijab. That hasn’t stopped me from wading into the topic before (see: The Burka and the Bikini), but the only conversation of substance that can happen on the topic is […]

It needs to be said – that Trump is a symptom, not a disease. There has been a GOP War on Muslims for years, and despite heroic efforts by Republican Muslim Americans to sway opinion, the bottom line is that […]

This is a guest post by Yusuf Zakir. My religion–Islam–is discussed and portrayed in the media quite a lot these days, much to my chagrin. The American public is, generally, fearful of Muslims. Anti-Islamic sentiment is at an all-time high […]

This weekend, there is a planned, armed protest “in every country, at every mosque” by a group called the “Global Rally for Humanity”. So far, the protests are falling short of global, but they do have 21 mosques, community centers […]

Ever since 9-11, and well before it, this is the litany of accusation that ordinary Muslim Americans have had to endure: Muslims do not condemn – there is no million Muslim march against terrorism. Islam is an inherently violent religion. […]

These are the very last days of Ramadan, whether you go by moonsighting or calculations (aside, here’s my take on the moonsighting debate). Eid will be either on Friday or Saturday depending on how you reckon; for me, today marks […]

On the 4th of July, it was also the 18th of Ramadan – so my community masjid in Chicago had an Independence Day barbecue for iftar! Burgers, fries, hot dogs – all halal, of course Here’s video coverage from TV […]