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A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus

By NPR Staff Toga parties and keg stands have become stereotypes of college fraternities. But Ali Mahmoud had something else in mind when he founded Alpha Lambda Mu, the first social Muslim fraternity in the country. “I realized that there was this void for Muslims on campus,” says Mahmoud, a junior at the University of

In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes

By Daliah Merzaban I’ve been thinking about how she encouraged me to be myself. There she was, a single mother of three, managing a family business that her late father had entrusted her with. She worked with such professionalism, poise and proficiency that the community of men surrounding her held her in high esteem. Known

Original Sin

Original Sin

By Dr. Laurence Brown The concept of original sin is completely foreign to Judaism and Eastern Christianity, having achieved acceptance in only the Western Church. Furthermore, Christian and Islamic concepts of sin are virtual opposites with respect to certain nuances. For example, there is no concept of “sinning in the mind” in Islam; to a

Shura: Islamic Approach to Decision-Making

Shura: Islamic Approach to Decision-Making

By Lamya Hamad   The onset of 2011 witnessed an unexpected wave of protests that swept through the Middle East. Citizens struggled to topple authoritarian and tyrannical governments that had trampled on their rights for decades. The domino effect that ensued after the first protests in Tunis caught the world by surprise. The desire for

Are We Really Inspired by Prophet Muhammad?

Are We Really Inspired by Prophet Muhammad?

By Tarek M. T. Ezzat In June 2010, Muslims in the UK produced an excellent series of short videos titled “Inspired by Muhammad” to improve public understanding of Islam and Muslims. This campaign gave an overview of many aspects of the manners, teachings and dealings of Prophet Muhammad which most non-Muslims are not familiar with,

Islam, the American way

Islam, the American way

By Lee Lawrence FLINT, MICH.; AND ALEXANDRIA, VA. Listening to immigration attorney Muna Jondy talk about growing up in Flint, Mich., it’s easy to imagine her as a teenager, eyes ablaze, hands on hips, confronting her Syrian-born parents with her all-American attitude. A petite woman with a strong, expressive face, she sits cross-legged on her

In Iowa, a lasting symbol of American Islam

In Iowa, a lasting symbol of American Islam

By Ryan Schuessler The building is in a quaint neighborhood of what locals call the 500 zone — the area the city has designated as being at risk for a flood every five centuries or so. Taha Tawil had heard the warnings before, but even the historic floods of 1993 hadn’t touched the mosque. This

Prince Among Slaves

Prince Among Slaves

By Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe Prince Among Slaves is a nationally broadcast documentary, which is now a part of a major humanities outreach project.  The documentary is a production of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) in association with Spark Media and Duke Media.   It tells the amazing story of an enslaved Muslim Prince from Africa

What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

What Studying Muhammad Taught Me About Islam

By Craig Considine Muslims worldwide have recently joined together to celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. This day is an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims, such as myself – a Catholic – to reflect upon the life and legacy of the prophet of Islam. In this short essay, I want to share

Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China

Feasts for the Eyes, and the Palate, in Xian, China

By Perri Klass On the “Muslim Street” in the Chinese city of Xian stands a bronze tableau in honor of street food. There, on a crowded lane packed with stalls selling Islamic-Chinese cuisine — lamb dumplings, mutton soup, pancakes and mung bean noodles — tourists can pose with statues of a soup seller and his