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Opinion

  • Bad bridal priorities

    Bad bridal priorities

    By Hafsa Ahmad Alt Muslimah A longer version of this article originally appeared on Alt Muslimah here. Weddings are joyous, celebratory moments in most individuals’ lives. The joining of two individuals who can bear to sit through never-ending sermons, mountains of paperwork and reels of cheesy videos is surely something commendable. However, it is an

  • #BlackLivesMatter march matters for Muslims

    #BlackLivesMatter march matters for Muslims

    By Margari Hill On August 29 members of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, which is a federation of organizations that represent over 400,000 Muslims, Inner City Muslim Action Network Chicago Muslims and Arab American groups joined a historic march organized by The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. The march called

  • Cultural sensitivity training for Lilburn police

    By Amr Omar AtlantaMuslim.com Lilburn, Georgia –On May 9, 2015, Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist attended a Muslim community potluck held at Lucky Shoals Park. Asma Elhuni, a passionate community organizer and Georgia State student, Amin Tomeh, a Geotechnical Engineer whose children attend Al-Falah Academy in Lilburn, and Ibrahim Awad, a criminal defense attorney and resident

  • Arrests made in murders of atheist bloggers in Bangladesh

    By Murali Balaji Authorities in Bangladesh announced yesterday that three men suspected of the brutal machete murders of bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das have been arrested. But the violence against secular and minority-rights activists continues. Hindu writer Niloy Neelwas murdered just ten days ago. As Meenakshi Ganguly of Human Rights Watch wrote yesterday,

  • The many uses of the bathroom lota

    The many uses of the bathroom lota

    By Wajiha Rizvi LOTA: A small, usually spherical water vessel made of brass, copper or plastic used in South Asia, the Middle East and parts of Africa to maintain personal hygiene. “I knew I should’ve put my lota in the safe,” I thought to myself, crestfallen.  I had returned to my hotel room, a trying

  • The little library that did big things

    The little library that did big things

    By Amina Shah AtlantaMuslim.com Why did I bother setting up a children’s library in a masjid? I love hearing that question. It gives me the perfect opportunity to discuss negative attitude towards children coming to mosques. This is a conversation that we must hold over and over, again and again, until every mosque welcomes children with

  • Invisible women (also known as muslimahs)

    Invisible women (also known as muslimahs)

    By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow Last month, in a train station pizza shop, I sat somehow gulping down a slice while carrying on a professional phone call in between bites. I slowly began to feel stares. Confused ones. Curious ones. And could it be…hostile ones, too? I couldn’t be sure. So, I had to wonder if the people

  • A black male’s poetics of grief

    A black male’s poetics of grief

    By Stephen Jamal Leeper It’s hard being black, I’ve been black for a long time. I’m tired. I’m exhausted. I can go to the emergency hospital right now and just drop dead. ‘What happened?’ ‘He was tired of being black.’ – Paul Mooney Why am I so tired? I’ve asked myself this question over and

  • Never settle

    None of us are perfect. Far from it. We commit little sins out of habit, we disrespect our parents, we mistreat people. We aren’t perfect basketball players, or perfect muslims, or perfect students, but as muslims our aim is perfection. “Verily Allah has perscribed ihsan (perfection) in all things.” [Muslim] We are bound by Allah

  • Beyond Skin

    By Khadega Mohammed, guest writer Racism. The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Or for a less technical term, the belief that one race is superior to other races. When asked about racism,

  • Hiroshima & Nagasaki: State-Sponsored Terrorism?

    By Edward Mitchell My history teacher instructed me and a few other students to prosecute President Truman by arguing that the nuclear bombings were immoral and unnecessary. She assigned an equal number of students to defend Truman by countering that the bombings were necessary and legitimate. Our jury, three neutral students, ultimately agreed with the

  • Sex, drugs and violence: what several terrorists have in common

    Sex, drugs and violence: what several terrorists have in common

    By Edward Mitchell AtlantaMuslim.com One of the men frequented strip clubs. Another solicited a prostitute. One spent years in-and-out of jail for theft, fighting, and other criminal activity. Several used illegal drugs, particularly marijuana. At least one went to jail for driving under the influence. Who are these men? Inmates at your local jail? Registered

  • The problem with becoming a Muslim

    The problem with becoming a Muslim

    By Alan Howard I do not spend a lot of time thinking about being a Muslim. It is so much a part of my life that I just don’t think about it any longer. But it has been a very rocky road, and on some of those rocks I have ended my relationship with Islam

  • Lonely in Ramadan

    Lonely in Ramadan

    By Reem Faruqi AtlantaMuslim.com “Why did you write this book?” asks the bright-eyed second grader, hand waving with a flourish. I give him a generic answer. What I should have said is, “I wrote this book for YOU. I wrote this book so that you can feel confident about sharing your beliefs. I wrote this

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