As the 21st Century rolls along, American Muslims are dealing with ever more complicated questions regarding religious observance and personal behavior.
Here’s what one Muslima has to say: “Yes, it’s possible to be queer and Muslim”
“I don’t need to defend why I keep going back to my mosque, don’t need to name the spiritual highs and sense of connectedness I derive from this imperfect space, this imperfect community. This imperfect community that struggles with homophobia, but also with anti-blackness and misogyny, that is simultaneously battling surveillance and racial profiling, wars in the name of saving us from ourselves, motherlands being pounded by drones.”
Yet another gunman with an Arabic name has opened fire in an American city.
This time the gunman was born in Kuwait and the city was Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those killed: four United States Marines.
According to the New York Times: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the gunman, who also died Thursday, as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, who became a naturalized United States citizen and went to high school and college in Chattanooga.”
Read more here — or on almost any other U.S. news source.
As the Independence Day celebrations draw near, it’s time to talk (once again) about the role of women in American Islam.
Yes, this blog (despite digressions abroad) centers on Muslims in the United States. Women here are regarded differently than they are in Muslim-majority countries. In many ways, American Muslim women are forging a new identity within Islam.
This recent article reminds us of the differences between American Islam — where all strains of Islamic belief coexist in community — and the nation- or tribal-centric Islams of Qatar or Iran, for example.
Quran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices. This headline was startling on two levels: first because “of course” only men could recite the Qu’ran, and second, because — wait a minute — why not include women’s voices reciting the key text of Islam?
Check out some opinions here, in an article by Miriam Krule: The Latest Battle for Religious Women: Quran Recitation Apps That Don’t Include Female Voices
Theme for the 52nd annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America is “Stories of Resilience: Strengthening the American Muslim Narrative”.
The confab takes place September 4 through 7, 2015, in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9291 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois.
For registration and more information, go online.