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Why Gay Imams Are Better for Muslim Women

Daayiee Abdullah, America’s first openly gay imam, is spicing up a pot of bland Muslim soup. The monolithic, homogenous character of mainstream Muslim mosques is a result of politics and cultural hegemony, far from the embodiment of “true” Islam as these ideologies claim. Through a historical analysis, we can better contextualize mainstream Islamic expression today…

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Would ’50 Shades’ Be Abuse if Christian and Ana Were Muslims?

A young Muslim man, Muhammad Hossain, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault on a fellow freshman female student, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Typical of Muslim men, right? — Abusive, dominating, controlling, barbaric, etc. Interestingly enough, this nineteen-year-old credits the inspiration for his actions to a charming and handsome white gentleman who…

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The Muslim Community’s Hidden Shame

Muhammad Abdullah Saleem. Age 75. Founder of the Institution for Islamic Education and prominent religious leader in Illinois. Accused of sexual abuse. Shock waves duly reverberated throughout the local Muslim community, who have revered and trusted Saleem for a little over three decades now. There is much to learn from this unfortunate situation, aside from…