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  • How I Became a Muslim Reformer

    How I Became a Muslim Reformer

    Culture, faith, and the five deaths… How does someone take on ancient gods of religion and culture? What do you need to go through to become a Muslim reformer? Read my story.

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    | April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Let’s Talk About Islamism: Defining the Problem

    Let’s Talk About Islamism: Defining the Problem

    Let’s Talk About Islamism is a Facebook group created in response to the difficulty people have in tackling Islamism. Our conversation shows the diversity of viewpoints and brainstorms productive solutions to the issue. This series blog is collated from the Facebook group conversations by co-moderators Elliot Friedland and Shireen Qudosi, and is rich with intermixed […]

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    | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
  • Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

    Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

    In the last two weeks, I’ve twice come across conversations where I’m either directly or indirectly encouraged toward apostasy. The first was two weeks ago, when I bumped into the fiery Nonie Darwish, and a second more sincere outcry today on Facebook from a dear lady with whom I’m in the midst of cultivating a […]

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    | May 17, 2013 | 20 Comments
  • Israel, The Good Enemy

    Israel, The Good Enemy

    Israel’s relationship to the Palestinians has always been globally approached with standardized heavy criticism made to Israel.  The main charges waved in Israel’s face have always been “the Disapropriate use of force” and “discrimination”. Israel’s critics, either willingly or out of ignorance, choose to overlook the way many Arab countries mistreat Palestinians. Some Arab countries […]

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    | October 6, 2010 | 87 Comments

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New QC Feature: Revolutions

New QC Feature: Revolutions

| April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is a fascinating time in living history – a time of revolutions across many spheres. Our new Revolutions feature will push the envelope on Islamic reform: reform is – and will need to be – a revolution. And at the same time we’re going to cover stories and other counter movements that look to dramatically change […]

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The Higher Jihad

The Higher Jihad

| October 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

The word “jihad” strikes a nerve among most Americans, Muslim or otherwise. For Westerners, jihad invokes images of an Islamic Red Dawn. For Muslims, it leaves many of us unsettled and often unable to answer questions about what jihad means exactly. We shuffle uncomfortably and stumble for an answer; we’re not entirely sure. We’ve seen […]

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#HajjSelfie A Rising Trend for Millennial Muslims

#HajjSelfie A Rising Trend for Millennial Muslims

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Source: RT.com Millions of Muslims traveling to Mecca have caught “selfie fever,” angering some Muslim clerics for snapping pictures of themselves at holy sites during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Many young millennial Muslims believe that posting selfies on social media is the best way to communicate with their families and document precious moments. “I’m taking […]

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Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Muslims have been hailing “touchdown!” ever since Reza Aslan went on air calling Bill Maher’s arguments “facile” and a pair of CNN Tonight hosts as “stupid.” Maher was grilled for his blanket statement on Muslim nations, throwing out that, “People were not giving enough attention to Islamic violence and oppression.” CNN Tonight hosts […]

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The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Scrolling through my Instagram account, I see a stream of nauseatingly perfect images. These pictures aren’t expressions of an inner self; they’re not raw images of both beautiful and chaotic moments in time. Instead, they’re moments stolen from serendipitous existence, manufactured to perfection. In the process, they rob us of a natural opportunity […]

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Infographic: A History of Pakistan’s Independence

Infographic: A History of Pakistan’s Independence

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Source of infographic: www.Lamudi.pk The sunset of 1947 that marked the blessed night of the 27th of Ramzan saw the formation of a nascent country – Pakistan. As the Quran states, it was indeed a night better than a thousand nights for all those who had fought relentlessly for the fortification of their […]

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Blessed With Cancer

Blessed With Cancer

| January 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Originally published in Aquila Magazine There are all sorts of inspirational quotes and memes for life. They say “it’s always darkest before dawn”, or that “God doesn’t give you more than you can endure”. It’s easy to believe these in the recesses of comfort; it’s easy to say it when you’re far from the storm. […]

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A Happier You

A Happier You

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every New Year I strategically plan out my goals and resolutions, and each year I fail to meet them. In the lead-up to the Islamic New Year, I ask five beautiful and successful Muslim women for their tips on keeping New Year’s resolutions, to help us all achieve a happy new us. 1Beauty isin the […]

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Malala and Nabila: World’s Apart

Malala and Nabila: World’s Apart

| November 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

Source: The Nation   On October 24, 2012, a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick okra as the family prepared for the coming Eid […]

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Gratitude by Trial and Misfortune

Gratitude by Trial and Misfortune

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

[Originally written for Aquila Magazine] Every time my husband and I go out for dinner, I always want what he orders. A few months ago we went out for a dinner with friends, both of whom were psychologists. Of course, the same dilemma of wanting what my husband ordered crept up again. Since nothing gets […]

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Eid and the Spirit of the Season

Eid and the Spirit of the Season

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Originally written for Aquila Magazine As Ramadan and a much-looked-forward to Eid al-Fitr return to us this year, we take a moment to pause and reflect the true meaning of Eid. Unlike other holidays, Eid is not a stand-alone holiday; it is the celebratory period after the Islamic month of Ramadan in which we […]

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His Throne Upon Water

His Throne Upon Water

| August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

“And it is He who created the Heavens and the Earth in Six Days – and His Throne had been upon water.” – Surah Hud 11:7 Although this verse appears as a small inconspicuous line of text, when tugged it unravels layers of coded meanings and offers us a more profound understanding of God. It […]

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YouTube’s “Hijab’s Tutorials” Highlights Peaking Obsession with Western Standards of Beauty

YouTube’s “Hijab’s Tutorials” Highlights Peaking Obsession with Western Standards of Beauty

| June 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

By Izzie Source: Patheos Editors note: Patheos blogger Izzie uses her own real-life example of her path to hijab as an exploration into hijab subculture. With light-hearted charm, she blasts today’s epidemically rising obsession with beauty and fashion among a group of hijab wearers – the irony of the whole trend being that hijab is […]

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A Syrian Refugee Wedding

A Syrian Refugee Wedding

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Lauren Wolfe Source: The Nation Inside a furniture-free caravan in the Jordanian desert, sixteen women and girls and a plump boy wedge themselves in a circle around a 15-year-old girl and a woman doing her hair. The hairdresser combs through one-inch sections, spraying on a fixative before twisting them into elaborate shapes. The girl, […]

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