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Ify Okoye is a Muslim woman, a convert, born and raised in the U.S. She is from New York and her parents are from Nigeria. Despite the petty hassles of work and school, Ify finds time to travel usually for AlMaghrib Institute seminars and to visit beautiful places. Pronunciation primer for her name, say it like this: E-fee O-coy-yeah!

Training Yourself to Wake Up in the Early Morning & Fajr Prayer

Truly from the blessings of Allah is that, before I became Muslim, several experiences in my childhood served as such beautiful and potent early morning wake-up training. Unbeknownst to me at the time, these habits cultivated early in life would later be utilized for waking up for fajr prayer. Read More »

What’s In Your Ear? | Wisam Sharieff Interview

The third interview featuring Wisam Sharieff in a new occasional Saturday series called What’s in Your Ear? In this series, we hope to ask Muslims, both ordinary and extraordinary, a few simple questions. The series is open and we encourage everyone to participate by recording interviews, which may later be published on MM. Read More »

Zaid Shakir & Mohamed Magid on Curbing Violent Extremism

Earlier this month, Imam Zaid Shakir and Imam Mohamed Magid led a discussion on how to effectively combat violent extremism within the Muslim community. Some of the main points have been recapped along with a sampling from the Q&A session, which followed. Read More »

What’s In Your Ear? | Yahya Ibrahim Interview

The second interview featuring Yahya Ibrahim in a new occasional Saturday series called What's in Your Ear? In this series we hope to ask Muslims, both ordinary and extraordinary, a few simple questions. The series is open and we encourage everyone to participate by recording interviews, which may later be published on MM. Read More »

New Series | What’s In Your Ear? | Suhaib Webb Interview

Muslim Matters is pleased to announce the launch of a new occasional Saturday series called What's in Your Ear? In this series we hope to ask Muslims, both ordinary and extraordinary, a few simple questions. The series is open and we encourage everyone to participate by recording interviews, which may later be published on MM. Read More »

Muslims, the Turkey, & the Thanksgiving Day Question

Another Thanksgiving Day holiday is upon us, and as most of us have the day off, some reflections on how this day has been a source of contention and contentment within Muslim communities. Read More »

Sunday Open Thread 10/17/2010 | Welcome to Muslimah Matters & Fighting Back Against Terror & Ignorance

Muslim Matters welcomes four dynamic Muslim women to our writing team and highlights varying responses in this climate of ignorance and terror. Read More »

Keith Ellison: Should We Fear Islam?

At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in intolerant behavior, crossing every cultural line, whether based on race, religion or sexual orientation, we seem simultaneously stuck with a national news media that is preoccupied with conflict and controversy when we desperately need one that weighs facts and reports fairly. A recent national news program reinforced these concerns. Let me explain what I mean. Read More »

Muslims and Islam Were Part of Twin Towers’ Life

Opponents of the Park51 project say the presence of a Muslim center dishonors the victims of the Islamic extremists who flew two jets into the towers. Yet not only were Muslims peacefully worshiping in the twin towers long before the attacks, but even after the 1993 bombing of one tower by a Muslim radical, Ramzi Yousef, their religious observance generated no opposition. Read More »

Muslim 9/11 Widow: Visiting Ground Zero, Asking Allah for Comfort

Mrs. Traoré is the widow of one of roughly 60 Muslim victims — cooks, businessmen, emergency responders and airline passengers — believed to have died on 9/11. It is a group that has been little examined, and no precisely reliable count of their ranks exists. But their stories, when told, have frequently been offered as counterweights in the latest public argument over terrorism and Islam. Read More »

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