Altmuslim: Global Perspectives on Muslim Life, Politics, & Culture

The blog altmuslim is dedicated to advancing a progressive image of Muslims in the media and throughout the world, an objective shared by us here at Inside Islam. Founder and Editor-in-Chief Shahed Amanulla created the site after the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US. His site still has the same aim now that it did then: to counteract the negative representation of Islam in mainstream media reports, where the dominant image is of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda. Seven years later, with associate editors based in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada, as well as contributors from around the world, altmuslim hosts a diverse Muslim community online. Shahed and his team continue to present an alternative image for Muslim politicians, intellectuals, comedians, and other prominent figures in the public eye.

From time to time, I’ll be pointing to similar blog sites that share this goal of offering alternative viewpoints from the mainstream perceptions of Muslims and Islam. Do you know of another blog that successfully represents the diversity of Muslim voices all over the world? Send suggestions for sites to highlight on Inside Islam or post your comments below. I look forward to taking a look at what you find.

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  1. Assamualaikum. Global Perspective on muslim life,Politic and culture is the best title to debate. Why? read this:-

    Many of the weak nations in the world today are Muslim nations. While there is much wrong with the global system, in the spirit of muhassabah, we must also recognize that there is also at least as much that is not right with ourselves too. For a start, we should note that some of the most capital surplus countries and some of the most capital deficit nations are both Islamic countries. We are blessed with much of the world’s natural resources and among the ummah there is enough expertise – albeit fragmented currently – to turn this into value-added finished goods. In services, we should exchange our experiences and intellectual and human capital – in education, in the professional services and in tourism, among others – so that we can prosper together. For the non-Muslim world, as much it is for the Muslim world, it is in mankind’s own interest that the disenfranchised among us be given a stake in this world as well as the next. I believe that wars, disease, migration and terrorism, and many other trials of our times, are but symptoms of a deeper malaise of poverty and disenfranchisement. In this regard, we are reminded of a beautiful hadith compiled in Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 44, Number 673

    Narrated An-Nu’man bin Bashir:
    The Prophet s.a.w. said, “The example of the person abiding by Allah’s order and restrictions in comparison to those who violate them is like the example of those persons who drew lots for their seats in a boat. Some of them got seats in the upper part, and the others in the lower. When the latter needed water, they had to go up to bring water (and that troubled the others), so they said, ‘Let us make a hole in our share of the ship (and get water) saving those who are above us from troubling them. So, if the people in the upper part left the others to do what they had suggested, all the people of the ship would be destroyed, but if they prevented them, both parties would be safe.”