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  • Breaking the Mental Health Stigma: Atlanta Muslim Researcher Spotlight

    Breaking the Mental Health Stigma: Atlanta Muslim Researcher Spotlight

    By Amr Omar AtlantaMuslim.com More and more, the Muslim community, along with other faith-based communities, are realizing the importance of mental health. Particularly, millennials and the youth today are realizing how to separate mental health from spiritual and physical health, while also understanding a loose connection between the three. Despite this, there still remains a strong

  • The legalization of homosexual marriage: #lovedidn’twin

    The legalization of homosexual marriage: #lovedidn’twin

    By Shariq Hafeez TMO Contributing Writer For those of you unfamiliar with the popularized hashtag #LoveWins, allow me to summarize. #LoveWins blazed like a wildfire across the internet on the friday of June 26th. It’s embers and ashes still have a potent heat even today. 502 posts about #LoveWins were made in just the last

  • Wheaton faculty recommends college drop actions against professor

    Wheaton faculty recommends college drop actions against professor

    By Emily McFarlan Miller Religion News Service  CHICAGO — Wheaton College’s faculty council unanimously recommended that the administration drop termination proceedings against Professor Larycia Hawkins, according to an email to the faculty obtained by RNS. Hawkins, a tenured associate professor of political science, was placed on administrative leave after she expressed the belief that Muslims

  • Color-coded confessions:  background shades of the marriage process

    Color-coded confessions: background shades of the marriage process

    By Shazia Kamal Alt Muslimah “He is educated, Mashallah …a lawyer, and the age difference is just right. I talked to his mother, too. She was absolutely delightful, she agreed with me on everything! She is sending his picture through the e-mail right now.” Barely able to contain her excitement, my mother grabs her reading glasses

  • Restaurant review: Ellie’s Desi Kitchen

    By Sameer Sarmast Two feet of snow, catching up with Making a Murderer on Netflix and dreaming about beach season; these are the things that I can imagine went through most New Yorkers minds this weekend. Yet while everyone else was locked inside their dwellings and had nowhere to go, I was soaking up the

  • A year after Charlie Hebdo, France is still searching for answers

    A year after Charlie Hebdo, France is still searching for answers

    France has had a tumultuous time in the year since two brothers opened fire in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 11, before going on to murder another five people in Paris. Just ten months later, the November 13 attacks showed that the threat of terrorism had not receded. And just weeks after the second

  • Indoctrination is not the real issue in public school lessons on Islam

    Indoctrination is not the real issue in public school lessons on Islam

    Linda K. Wertheimer  Religion News Service Opponents of lessons on Islam often claim that Christianity takes a back seat in public schools’ religious instruction. That’s what an Augusta County, Va., mother argued recently when she opposed a teacher’s use of the Muslim statement of belief in a calligraphy exercise. She held a forum at a local

  • Why Muslims should especially care about MLK Day

    Why Muslims should especially care about MLK Day

    By Aisha Yaqoob  AtlantaMuslim.com I practiced it over and over again for weeks on end. I was reciting the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. to family and friends, trying to memorize his “I Have a Dream” speech for an extra credit assignment in the 6th grade. At the time, Dr. King’s words were nothing more

  • White privilege and racism in American ‘justice’ laid bare

    White privilege and racism in American ‘justice’ laid bare

    By Sameed Khan TMO Contributing Writer White privilege is a secret idea: a subtle, quiet thing that steals into many important aspects of our lives and the American situation. Whites routinely have an easier time finding jobs, are more likely to find adequate housing and are more likely to get accepted into institutions of higher

  • The power of fear

    The power of fear

    By Jennifer Zobair We’ve just returned from an unexpected trip to Florida, where we encountered anoles on a daily basis. These small, quick lizards dart onto sidewalks from under the cover of grass and shrubs and appear suddenly on the sides of buildings from behind shutters and gutters. Their presence unsettled me, not just because

  • Got pasta?

    Got pasta?

    By Noor H. Salem I have to admit, prior to dealing with my clients, I was oblivious of how much of a comfort food pasta is to many. While it’s easy to make, possibly fun for some to eat, and cheap, it’s not the healthiest food to be putting inside your body. I had a

  • It’s time to stop referring to terrorists as ‘jihadists’

    By Engy Abdelkader The New York Times recently ran the following headline, “Jihadists deepen collaboration in North Africa.”  Here, “jihadists” refers not to Muslim physicians engaged in humanitarian efforts or activists united in their struggle to impact climate change.  Rather, the ubiquitous term meant affiliates of Al-Qaeda.  With the rise of IS, and another U.S.

  • The plight of the Muslim single parent

    The plight of the Muslim single parent

    By Marina Ali TMO Contributing Writer Single parent. Those two words alone bring about 34% of this country’s population to a jolt[1]. Article after article, statistic after statistic, we read and hear about the rise of single parent homes. It’s only logical, considering how the rate of divorce steadily increases year after year. Yet, we, in the

  • Your child’s self-image is an extension of your own

    Your child’s self-image is an extension of your own

    By Nadirah Angail My kids swear I’m beautiful. I try not to do anything to convince them otherwise. What so many women forget (myself included sometimes) is that our children don’t see us through our eyes. They see us through their eyes—fresh, uninfluenced, unconditioned. So however you look is automatically beautiful, regardless of how near it is to a

  • Restaurant review: Le Bon Choix Rotisserie & Café.

    Restaurant review: Le Bon Choix Rotisserie & Café.

    By Sameer Sarmast It’s often been said that the three hardest ingredients to be creative with in French cooking are chicken, potatoes and onions. While using strictly French techniques might limit the application of these three ingredients in dishes, if you were to infuse another culinary point of view—say the American South—into your cooking, then

  • 5 things kids don’t know about ISIS

    5 things kids don’t know about ISIS

    By Imam Arshad Anwar AtlantaMuslim.com Muslims know better than anyone that ISIS is a major problem. That’s why we have condemned their brand and all other brands of terroristic cults. Despite this, the media’s unwavering focus on these criminals and extremists who happen to be Muslim has created significant backlash against mainstream American Muslims. Political rhetoric

  • The rhetorical brilliance of Trump the demagogue

    The rhetorical brilliance of Trump the demagogue

    By Jennifer Mercieca The Conversation Donald Trump’s December 7 Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration has attracted worldwide disdain. Nearly 500,000 Britons have signed a petition asking their government to prevent Trump from entering their country. In the US, Trump’s comments have been denounced by Democrats, Republicans, the media and religious groups. Yet a recent poll has found that 37% of likely voters across

  • A response to Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa

    A response to Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa

    By Keziah Ridgeway Alt Muslimah Editor’s note: this article was written in response to Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa’s piece: As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the ‘hijab’ in the name of interfaith solidarity. Dear Asra and Hala, I need to share some things with you about my experience as a Modern

  • 3 reasons Christians should back religious freedom for all

    3 reasons Christians should back religious freedom for all

    By Ed Stetzer  Religion News Service Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about religious liberty — that’s good. What’s troubling, but perhaps not surprising, is that they are less enthusiastic about those liberties for some religions. According to a recent poll by The Associated Press and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, 82 percent said religious liberty

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