Resources for American Muslims & Converts - updated 7/6/14

Resources for American Muslims and Converts- TAM article collection - updated 5/21/13

by Sheila Musaji


I found a very interesting video “Becoming Muslim in Texas” and added it to the News section of TAM.  I visited the site that had put the video online TurnToIslam.com and was pleased to see that they listed a section on how to perform the prayer step by step.  I have been looking for an excellent resource on this subject to help new Muslims, and at first was excited that this might be what was needed.  When I read through the text of this section I became very much saddened.  The translation of the Qur’an that they have used to explain the prayer is obviously the Hilali-Khan translation about which I have written in the past.  This is a very extreme translation which adds words that are not included in the Arabic giving the impression that they are part of the translation and not commentary.  Surah Fatehah which is recited in every one of the 5 daily prayers is translated in this way on this site.

I also discovered that whoever these people are they are clever, a video that I found on youtube of a CNN program about converts to Islam had been put online by them and across the video appears a printed message that more videos about converts to Islam are available at the TurnTo Islam website.  And, the very first screen of the video carries a warning to brothers that this video contains images of female converts without hijab.  Whether that warning is so that they will lower their gaze or so they can look more intently, who knows.

I then began researching and found that there are many questionable sites, and decided that it might help to begin to put together a resource list for converts/reverts/new Muslims (whatever name you prefer).

There are obviously many sources of information about Islam, some of them excellent,  some of them expressing a very limited point of view, and some of them simply extremist.  Having myself realized that I was a Muslim more than 40 years ago, I know how difficult it can be to wade through all of this.  It is important for new Muslims and those interested in Islam that they have access to mainstream Islamic sources, and therefore we are putting this collection online, and will update as we find out about other resources.

Here are some basic resources, personal stories, information, recommended books, etc. as well as articles about Islam in America/Canada/Europe, American/Canadian/European Muslim identity, etc.


UPDATE 11/15/2012  I have just been informed that many of the articles originally listed here that were published on other sites, e.g. Islam for Today and MuslimWakeup are no longer online because the sites are no longer online.  I will update as soon as possible.  I suggest that you also type converts into the TAM search engine for a good list of articles.  UPDATE 5/21/2013  This list of articles is now updated, and as of today, all of these links are correct.  Many of the articles in the original list are simply no longer in existence because they were taken offline with the sites.


ARTICLE COLLECTION:

5 Things Every Mosque Should Do for Converts http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/5-things-every-mosque-should-do-for-converts

8 Things You Should Understand About Converts to Islam, Alex Arrick http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/8-things-you-should-understand-about-converts-to-islam

9/11…The day I became a Muslim, Robert Salaam http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/9-11the-day-i-became-a-muslim 

A Constitutional amendment to ban Islam?, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_constitutional_amendment_to_ban_islam

A Growing Presence: American Converts to Islam, Uzra Zeya http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a-growing-presence-american-converts-to-islam

A Native American Muslims Story, Lois Stands Ali http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_native_american_muslims_story/

A Page From Islamic History: the ‘Other’ 1492, Aisha Brown http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_page_from_islamic_history_the_other_1492/

A Plea for Unity, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_plea_for_unity/

A Time for Healing, Imam Ghayth Nur (Lonnie) Kashif http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_time_for_healing/

Advice for New Muslims or those considering Islam, Saraji Umm Zaid http://en.islamway.net/article/8400

African-American Islam Reformed: “Black Muslims” and the Universal Ummah http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/african-american-islam-reformed-black-muslims-and-the-universal-ummah

African American Muslims Key to Bridge Building in US, Dr. Aminah Beverly McCloud http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/african_american_muslims_key_to_bridge_building_in_us

Allah Came Knocking At My Heart, Giles Whitell http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/allah-came-knocking-at-my-heart

American female converts to Islam face growing scrutiny, Omar Sacirbey http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/american-female-converts-to-islam-facing-growing-scrutiny_n_3181654.html

American/Canadian/European Muslim - Authority, Leadership, Community building - TAM article collection http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/authority_leadership_community_building/

American Muslim Identity: Race and ethnicity in progressive Islam, Amina Wadud http://www.brandeis.edu/provost/diversity/texts/diversitypdfs/American_Muslim_Identity.pdf

American Muslims and ‘Integration’, Parvez Ahmed http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american_muslims_and_integration/

American Muslims Need Not Be Blind Followers, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american_muslims_need_not_be_blind_followers

American Muslims Struggle for the Soul of Islam, Hasan Zillur Rahim http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american_muslims_struggle_for_the_soul_of_islam/

Answering Questions from American Muslims, Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shaykh Ali Gomaa http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/answering_questions_from_american_muslims

Apostasy and Freedom of Faith in Islam http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/apostasy_and_freedom_of_faith_in_islam

ARABIC - Every day Muslim expressions http://www.jamiat.org.za/isinfo/mtongue.html - Longer glossary of Islamic terms http://cwis.usc.edu/dept/MSA/reference/glossary.html

Basics of Islam topic on the TAM site http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/tam/categories/C92/

Becoming Muslim, Nuh Ha Meem Keller http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/2003jan_comments.php?id=227_0_17_0_C

Becoming Muslim, Michael Wolfe http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/becoming_muslim1/

BIOGRAPHY:
— Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/biography-daniel-abdal-hayy-moore
— Benyamin van Hattum, Aman Ali http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/biography-benyamin-van-hattum
— Mos Def (Yasin Bey) - You’re Gonna Serve Somebody. Ali Asadullah http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/biography-mos-def-youre-gonna-serve-somebody
— Abdullah Quilliam: Forgotten champion of Islam: One man and his mosque, Michael Savage (with article collection on Quilliam) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/abdullah-quilliam-forgotten-champion-of-islam-one-man-and-his-mosque
— Hamza Yusuf Hanson http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hanson_hamza_yusuf
— The World of Mohamed Zakariya, Piney Kesting http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/zakariya_mohamed_the_world_of_mohamed_zakariya—and VIDEO bio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nshXFQ360wI&mode=related&sear

Blasphemy Before God: the Darkness of Racism in Muslim Culture, Adam Misbah al-Haqq http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/blasphemy_before_god_the_darkness_of_racism_in_muslim_culture

Gray Henry-Blakemore Wins Alexander Russell Webb Award http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/gray_henry_blakemore_wins_alexander_russell_webb_award
BOOKS: The American Muslim has a recommended book list which is quite extensive, and very useful. Here are a few of particular interest to new Muslims:

- 99 Names of Allah, Shems Friedlander http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/ninety_nine_names_of_allah_shems_friedlander/
- 101 Questions and Answers on Islam, John Renard http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/101_questions_and_answers_on_islam_john_renard/
- A Bad Beginning: the path to Islam, Charles LeGai Eaton http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/book_announcement_a_bad_beginning_the_path_to_islam_charles_le_gai_eaton
- African American Islam, Aminah McCloud
- American Islam: Growing Up Muslim in America, Richard Wormser http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american_islam_growing_up_muslm_in_america_richard_wormser/
- American Jihad, Steven Barbosa http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american_jihad_islam_after_malcolm_x_steven_barboza/
- Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/autobiography_of_malcolm_x_alex_haley/
- Becoming Muslim, Nuh Ha Mim Keller http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/becoming_muslim_nu_ha_mim_keller/
- Believing as Ourselves, J. Lynn Jones and Jeffrey Lang http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/believing_as_ourselves_jeffrey_lang/
- BIOGRAPHIES OF THE PROPHET - the best are by M.H. Haykal, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Martin Lings
- Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization, Richard Bulliett
- Daughters of Another Path, Carole Anway http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/daughters_of_another_path_carole_amway/
- Essentials of the Islamic Faith, M. Fethullah Gulen http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_essentials_of_the_islamic_faith_m_fethullah_gulen/
- Even Angels Ask, Jeffrey Lang http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/even_angels_ask_jeffrey_lang/
- Finding Fran, Lois Banner http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/finding_fran_lois_banner/
- Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, Mohja Kahf
- Hadj: An American’s Pilgrimage to Mecca, Michael Wolfe http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_hadj_an_americans_pilgrimage_to_mecca_michael_wolfe/
- Hajj: Reflections on Its Rituals, Ali Shariati http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hajj_reflections_on_its_rituals_ali_shariat/
- Illuminated Prayer : The Five-Times Prayer of the Sufis, Coleman Barks, Michael Green http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_illuminated_prayer_the_five_times_prayer_of_the_sufis_coleman_barks_mic/
- Islam: A Search for Meaning, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_a_search_for_meaning_feisal_abdul_rauf/
- Islam and the Blackamerican, Sherman Jackson http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_and_the_blackamerican_shermn_a_jackson/
- Islam: Beliefs and Teachings, Ghulam Sarwar (one of the best introduction to practice, prayer, etc.) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_beliefs_and_teachings_ghulam_sarwar/
- Islam in Focus, Hammudah Abdalati http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_in_focus_hammudah_abdalati/
- Islam, Our Choice, ed. Debra L. Dirks http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_our_choice_debra_l_dirks/
- Islam : Religion, History, and Civilization, Seyyed Hossein Nasr http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_religion_history_and_civilization_seyyed_hossein_nasr/
- Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam, Yusuf al Qaradawi (one of the best introductions to Sharia) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_lawful_and_the_prohibited_in_islam_yusuf_al_qaradawi/
- Losing My Religion, Jeffrey Lang http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/losing_my_religion_jeffrey_lang/
- Mecca to Mainstreet, Genevieve Abdo
- Road to Mecca, Muhammad Asad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_road_to_mecca_muhammad_asad/
- Struggling to Surrender, Jeffrey Lang http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/struggling_to_surrender_jeffrey_lang/
- Trialogue of the Abrahamic Faiths, Ismail al-Faruqi

Book Announcement: A Bad Beginning, the Path to Islam (Charles le Gai Eaton) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/book_announcement_a_bad_beginning_the_path_to_islam_charles_le_gai_eaton

Book Announcement: Losing My Religion- a call for help (Jeffrey Lang)  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/book_announcement_losing_my_religion_a_call_for_help_jeffrey_lang

Lauren Booth’s Spiritual Journey to Islam, Hasan Zillur Rahim http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/lauren_booths_spiritual_journey_to_islam

Born in the USA, Miriam Lambert http://prospect.org/article/born-usa

Brief Accounting on The Establishment of the Nation of Islam in the U.S., Ayesha K. Mustafaa http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/brief_accounting_on_the_establishment_of_the_nation_of_islam_in_the_us
British and Muslim, Sheikh Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy Winter) http://www.masud.co.uk/ISLAM/ahm/british.htm

Building New Medinas In These Sceptered Isles, Jonathan Birt http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/building_new_medinas_in_these_sceptered_isles/

Can Muslims Create an American-Muslim Identity?, Imam Luqman Ahmad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/can-muslims-create-an-american-muslim-identity/0019780

Can Muslims Be ‘All-American’?, Krystina Friendlander http://www.huffingtonpost.com/krystina-friedlander/can-muslims-be-all-american_b_3195626.html

The Case for an American Muslim Identity, Muqtedar Khan http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2000/08/The-Case-For-An-American-Muslim-Identity.aspx#7XG8Y2CqSpHlYxY7.99

Challenge is not to be perfect - it’s to be whole, Aishah Schwartz http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/wisdom_and_its_varying_sources

Challenges Facing American Muslim Women, Samer Hathout http://www.articlesbase.com/strategic-planning-articles/challenges-facing-american-muslim-women-by-samer-hathout-1531916.html

Chasm Between African Americans and Immigrant Muslims, Hasan Zillur Rahim http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/chasm_between_african_americans_and_immigrant_muslims1/

Christmas: Cutting Kinship Ties in the Name of Islam?, Sheikh Ali Gomaa http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/christmas-cutting-kinship-ties-in-the-name-of-islam

Lady Evelyn Cobbold’s ‘Pilgrimage to Mecca’ (Hajj) republished, Susannah Tarbush http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/lady-evelyn-cobbolds-pilgrimage-to-mecca-republished

Confessions of an ex-Muslim, Omar Shahid http://www.newstatesman.com/religion/2013/05/confessions-ex-muslim

Confronting racism among American Muslims, Dawud Walid http://www.patheos.com/blogs/altmuslim/2014/02/confronting-racism-among-american-muslims/

Convertitis - or the case of the insta-scholar, Saraji Umm Zaid http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/convertitis_or_the_case_of_the_insta_scholar

Converts: Islam Now or Never?, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/converts_islam_now_or_never/

Converts, fantasies, race and gender http://sobersecondlook.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/converts-fantasies-race-and-gender/

Criticism Strengthens CommUnity, Abdul Malik Mujahid http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/criticism_strengthens_community/

The cult of the convert http://asharisassemble.com/2014/05/11/the-cult-of-the-convert/

Cultural Identity: the New Religion, Svend White http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/cultural_identity_the_new_religion/

Dangers of Excess, Extremism among Muslims, Imam Ghayth Nur Kashif http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/dangers_of_excess_extremism_among_muslims/

Daring to be European Muslims, H. A. Hellyer http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/daring_to_be_european_muslims_2/

Dismantling the culture of Muslim sectarianism, Imam Luqman Ahmad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/dismantling-the-culture-of-muslim-sectarianism

The Dynamics of Islamic Identity in North America, Yvonne Yazbeck-Haddad and John L. Esposito http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the-dynamics-of-islamic-identity-in-north-america

THE ECSTATIC EXCHANGE: WORDS ON MY LIFE AND POETRY, Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_ecstatic_exchange_words_on_my_life_and_poetry
EID - The Fiqh of Eid ul Adha, Shaykh Firaz Rabbani http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_fiqh_of_eid_al_adha/ - The Social Message of ‘Id Al-Adha
Imam A. Rashied Omar http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_social_message_of_id_al_adha/

FILM ANNOUNCEMENT: A Road to Mecca [Muhammad Asad] http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/film-announcement-a-road-to-mecca-muhammad-asad 
Finding the Creamy Center: Challenges to Youth, by Karima Omar http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/finding_the_creamy_center_challenges_to_youth/

Finding the prophet in his people, Ingrid Mattson http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/finding-the-prophet-in-his-people
From Drury Lane to Mecca: Hedley Churchward, Abdal Hakim Murad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/from-drury-lane-to-makka-hedley-churchward

Frustrations of a Muslim Convert, Michael Young http://www.usislam.org/conversion/frustration.htm

Good News Stories About/By/For North American Muslims in 2012 http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/positive-news— 2011 http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/new-years

The Great Dive, the unusual life of William Williamson, Abdal-Hakim Murad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the-great-dive-the-unusual-life-of-william-williamson
Growing Number of Germans Embracing Islam http://quickstart.clari.net/qs_se/webnews/wed/bt/Qramadan-germany.RVwe_DOP.html

HAJJ - Hajj Experience, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hajj_experience/ - Hajj and Umrah, the Cornerstone, Dr. Faiz A. Khan http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_corner_stone/ - Hajj Information and Resources http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hajj_information_and_resources_2005_2006/ - Universal Lessons of Hajj, Faisal Kutty http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_universal_lessons_of_hajj/

HISTORIC EVENTS AND PEOPLE THAT SHAPED THE AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY, compiled by Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/north-american-muslim-community-firsts

How Does It Feel, Michael Wolfe http://www.beliefnet.com/story/82/story_8281_1.html

How I Became A Muslim: Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/how-i-became-a-muslim

Hurdling the American Muslim Challenge, Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hurdling-the-american-muslim-challenge

IN MEMORIAM:
—Muhammad Asad - 1900-1992 – An Intellectual Giant, Yussuf Nazeer http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/in_memorium_muhammad_asad_1900_1992_an_intellectual_giant
—Aminah Assilmi http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_passing_of_aminah_assilmi
— Charles Le Gai Eaton aka Sidi Hasan 1921-2010, Kristiane Backer http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/tribute_to_charles_le_gai_eaton_-_glamour_and_humility and by H.A. Hellyer http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/on_the_passing_of_charles_le_gai_eaton_remembering_the_uks_eloquent_vo
—Rene Guenon (Sheikh ‘Abd al-Wahid Yahya) 1886-1951 http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/guenon_rene_in_memorium_1886_1951
—Tribute to Dr. Thomas Ballantyne Irving – A Canadian Muslim, Muneeb Nasir http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/tribute_to_dr_thomas_ballantyne_irving_a_canadian_muslim - and by Abdul Malik Mujahid http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/in_memorium_dr_tb_irving_passes_away/ - and by Ayub Khan http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/irving_thomas_b_in_memorium_a_life_well_lived/
— Prof. Martin Lings aka Abu Bakr Siraj 1909-2005, Ibrahim N. Abusharif http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/in_memorium_on_the_passing_of_martin_lings
—Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall 1875-1936 http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/pickthall_marmaduke_in_memorium_1875_1936
— Khadijah Rivera ?-2009 (founder of PIEDAD)  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/in-memoriam-khadijah-rivera
— Frithjof Schuon 1907-1998 http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/schuon_frithjof_in_memorium_1907_1998
— Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb 1846-1916 http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/webb_mohammed_alexander_russell_in_memorium_1846_1916

INTERVIEWS:
— Shems Friedlander: “Dust on the Path of Muhammad”, Isla Rosser-Owen http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/interview-with-shems-friedlander-dust-on-the-path-of-muhammad
— Professor T.B. Irving, Sheila Musaji http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/2002feb_comments.php?id=156_0_6_0_C
— Michael Muhammad Knight, Richard Marcus http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/interview-with-michael-muhammad-knight
—— Jeffrey Lang on why he became a Muslim - 3 parts VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z73ohM_Rjw&feature=related
— Tariq Nelson on Surviving Salafism http://www.religionwriter.com/islam-in-america/surviving-salafism-an-american-muslim-recovers-from-radicalism-and-makes-a-difference/
—  Imam Zaid Shakir: A Spiritual and Intellectual Journey to Islam, Asma Nemati http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/interview-with-imam-zaid-shakir-a-spiritual-and-intellectual-journey-to-isl
— Dr. Amina Wadud - Confronting Our Ignorance: As Americans, As Muslims, and As Women http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/interview-with-dr.-amina-wadud-confronting-our-ignorance-as-americans-as-mu another interview http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/interview-with-dr.-amina-wadud

Islam and the African American Ethos: Malcolm X/US Muslim Legacy Abused, Imam Ghayth Nur Kashif http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_and_the_african_american_ethos_malcolm_us_muslim_legacy_abused

Islam in America and the West topic on the TAM site http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/tam/categories/C37/ - and Islam in America tam article collection http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_in_america/

Islam Is Wonderful But I Can’t Stand Muslims, Michael A. Malik http://www.muslimaccess.com/articles/misc/cant_stand_muslims.asp 

Islam Now or Never?, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/converts_islam_now_or_never/

Islam: the Real 12 Steps, Karima Omar http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_the_real_12_steps1

Islamic Funeral Practices http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamic_funeral_practices/

Islamic Spirituality: The Forgotten Revolution (the poverty of fanaticism), Abdal Hakim Murad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamic_spirituality_the_forgotten_revolution

Latter Day Conversions: Divided Families and Reconciled Relationships, David Howlett http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peculiarpeople/2012/11/latter-day-conversions-divided-families-and-reconciled-relationships/#ixzz36jwU8g6T

Ingrid Mattson, Muslim Convert takes on leadership of ISNA http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1213/p16s1-lire.html

Musings on Muslim identity (I) https://sobersecondlook.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/musings-on-muslim-identity-i/

Musings on Muslim identity (II) https://sobersecondlook.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/musings-on-muslim-identity-ii/

Musings on Muslim identity (III) http://sobersecondlook.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/musings-on-muslim-identity-iii/ sacred spaces

Musings on Muslim identity (IV) https://sobersecondlook.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/musings-on-muslim-identity-iv/

Muslim Community Dialogue Issues topic on TAM site http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/tam/categories/C45/

Muslim converts face discrimination, Andrea Elliott http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/30/nyregion/30converts.html?_r=1&

Muslim Names?: A Rose by Any Other Name…, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_names_a_rose_by_any_other_name/0013650

Muslim Voices Against Extremism and Terrorism (fatwas, condemnations, articles, etc.) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_voices_against_extremism_and_terrorism_2/

My Conversion Was My Most Formative Religious Experience, Imam Zaid Shakir http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/my-conversion-was-my-most-formative-religious-experience

My First Year As a Muslim, Ten Years Later: The Failure of Muslim-American Leadership , Jeremiah McAuliffe http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/my_first_year_as_a_muslim_ten_years_later_the_failure_of_muslim_american_le

My Hajj Experience, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/hajj_experience

Narratives of conversions to Islam: Female Perspectives, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/report-narratives-of-conversion-to-islam-female-perspectives

National Coalition of African American Muslims Formed http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/national_coalition_of_african_american_muslims_formed

New Face of Islam, Nick Compton http://quickstart.clari.net/qs_se/webnews/wed/bt/Qramadan-germany.RVwe_DOP.html

No longer a convert, David Coolidge http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/no-longer-a-convert

Not ‘brainwashed’: American women who converted to Islam speak out http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/26/17897741-not-brainwashed-american-women-who-converted-to-islam-speak-out

Number of Hispanic Converts Growing http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/news.asp?ArticleID=10347

On Being An American and a Muslim: Dilemmas of Politics and Culture, Ali Mazrui http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/on-being-an-american-and-a-muslim-dilemmas-of-politics-and-culture

On the Passing of an American Muslim Hero - Imam Samuel Ansari , Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/imam_ansari

Patterns of Da’wa in America: By the Hand (Why I Am a Muslim), Dr. Robert D. Crane (Faruq Abd al Haqq) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/patterns_of_dawa_in_america_by_the_hand/

Perfection, Karima Omar http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/perfection1

POETRY: Malcolm, No “X” No Mo’ F’ You and Me, Imam Faruq Bilal Rasheed http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/poetry_malcolm_no_x_no_mo_f_you_and_me1

Politicizing Religion as Ideology: The Case of the 10,000 Chinese Converts, Dr. Robert D. Crane http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/politicizing_religion_as_ideology_the_case_of_the_10000_chinese_converts/

Portraits Of Men And Women Who Have Converted To Islam Challenge Our Perception Of ‘American’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/04/claire-beckett_n_4698020.html

POW WOW:— The Great Pow-Wow: American Muslims Come of Age, Dr. Robert D. Crane http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/pow_wow_the_great_pow_wow_american_muslims_come_of_age — An Overview of The 1993 First North American Muslim Pow Wow, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/pow_wow_an_overview_of_the_1993_north_american_muslim_pow_wow — Poem: The American Muslim Pow Wow, Yahya Monastra http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/poetry_the_american_muslim_powwow_dr_al_islm_abiquiu_new_mexico_1414_19931/  — My Experience of the 1993 North American Muslim Pow Wow, Mumina Kowalski http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/pow_wow_my_experience_of_the_1993_north_american_muslim_pow_wow/ — Glimpses of the 1993 North American Musim Pow Wow http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/pow_wow_glimpses_of_the_1993_north_american_muslim_pow_wow/ — Afterthoughts on the Pow Wow, Hakim Archuletta http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/pow_wow_afterthoughts_on_the_1993_north_american_muslim_pow_wow_with_twin_s/

The problem with white converts, Michael Muhammad Knight http://www.vice.com/read/the-problem-with-white-converts-to-islam

PROFILE: Dar al - Islam, Abiquiu NM The Code and the Calling, William Tracy http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/profile-dar-al-islam-abiquiu-nm-the-code-and-the-calling
QUR’AN - Qur’an and hadith topic on the TAM site http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/tam/categories/C53/ - QURAN TRANSLATIONS - those most highly recommended are: Qur’an - Message of the Qur’an, Muhammad Asad, Qur’an - Majestic Quran, Abdal hakim Murad, Uthman Hutchinson, Qur’an - Thomas Cleary, Qur’an - Noble Qur’an, Abdal Haqq & Aisha Bewley, Qur’an - Thomas B. Irving, Qur’an - Abdullah Yusuf Ali (original version)

RAMADAN - Ramadan Resources http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/ramadan_resources/ - The Spiritual Essence of Ramadan, Louay Safi http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_spiritual_essence_of_ramadan/

Ramadan a lonely time for Muslim converts http://www.worldbulletin.net/muslim-world/139625/ramadan-a-lonely-time-for-muslim-converts

Responses to my calling out the term ‘Abeed’ (racism), Dawud Walid Responses to my calling out the term ‘Abeed’

Resources for dealing with Islamophobes (Clicking on any of the many links provided in this collection will take you to an article that provides a response or analysis of the particular claim or issue.  Many of these articles have extensive collections of articles and reference materials) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/there-is-a-reason/0019403

Rise and Fall of The Salafi Movement (Salafi Burnout), Umar Lee http://umarlee.wordpress.com/rise-and-fall-of-the-salafi-movement-complete/

Saying goodbye to Brother Imam (Imam W. D. Muhammad), Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/saying_goodbye_to_brother_imam_imam_w_d_muhammad

Seeing With Both Eyes, Abdal Hakim Murad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/seeing_with_both_eyes/

Seven out of every ten converts, leave Islam, Imam Luqman Ahmad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/seven-out-of-every-ten-converts-leave-islam
SHARIAH, Fiqh & Islamic Law topic on the TAM site http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/tam/categories/C63/

Robert Spencer: Gov’t Officials Conversion to Islam like “joining the Nazi Party during WW II”, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/robert-spencer-and
SUNNAH - The Spirit of the Sunnah, Ahmed Baki http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_spirit_of_the_sunnah/

Symbolism and Allegory in the Qur’an, Muhammad Asad http://www.ummah.com/forum/showthread.php?34914-Symbolism-and-Allegory-in-the-Qur-an-by-Muhammed-Asad

The Ta’leef Collective, Svend White http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the-taleef-collective

The Tale of The Two Muslim Americas (immigrants, native born), Shaykh Luqman Ahmad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the-tale-of-the-two-muslim-americas

There Is No One Kind of Muslim, Andrea Stone http://www.islamicbulletin.org/newsletters/issue_12/islam.aspx

To be a Black. Convert Muslim. Female http://jamericanmuslimah.wordpress.com/category/racism-in-the-ummah/

Transformations: Why Are You a Muslim?, Aminah Huntress http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/transformations_why_are_you_a_muslim1/

“The Trials of Muhammad Ali”, Hasan Zillur Rahim http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the-trials-of-muhammad-ali

Understanding Conversion: Bridging the Two Selves, Abdul Lateef Abdullah http://www.usislam.org/conversion/understanding.htm

VIDEOS:
- American Muslims http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guvzGVIEJKk
- “Bean Pie My Brother?: A Slice of American Muslim History” http://www.linktv.org/onenation/films/view/131#
- CNN Report on Converts to Islam in America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN-EfgU7PW4
- Difference between Sunni and Shia, Abdal Hakim Murad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMhgt3JRqeU
- History of Islam in Europe http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4948121296578586703&q=islam
- Inside Edition Report on Converts to Islam in the U.S. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxY-uUOs01o
- Interview with Jeffrey Lang on why he became Muslim (3 parts) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z73ohM_Rjw&feature=related
- Interview with Hamza Yusuf on Islam in America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b4ucnJ8Kio&feature=related
- Five pillars of Islam
- Shahada http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jYrBWpjMvA
- Salat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdw2IfLf0yE
- Hajj http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wHd5FoUpHQ
- Love for Humanity, Imam Zaid Shakir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t5MK7Q9MCw
- Muslim influence on America and the West, Abdal Hakim Murad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOrWrLpBUrw
- Muslim Like Me (converts in U.S.) http://www.myfoxkc.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId=2362166&version=1&locale=EN-US
- “Sunnah, Shari’ah, Sectarianism and Ijtihad” by Abdal Hakim Murad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMhgt3JRqeU&mode=related&search=
- Turning Muslim in Texas http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9184353144432289069&q=islam&hl=en
- Why We Converted to Islam - part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1R-L8Qgpag - part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?=B4c2gewApWI&mode=related&search= part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWsu_EAGH9A&mode=related&search= part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txDvNJqPi2I&mode=related&search=

(Note: type VIDEO in the internal search engine on The American Muslim site for a long list of videos including music videos, and humor videos)

“What are the Special Issues and Needs of Converts within the Muslim Community?”, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_hopeful_event/0013649

Western converts to Islam: finding the inner Muslim prince, Eric Walberg http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/western_converts_to_islam_finding_the_inner_muslim_prince

What Islam is to me, Faruq ‘Abd al Haqq http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/what-is-islam-to-me

Where have all the American Muslims gone, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/something_to_think_about_where_have_all_the_american_muslims_gone

Where Is T.B. Irving, Abdul Malik Mujahid http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/where_is_tb_irving/

White privilege and white converts, Yusuf Smith http://www.blogistan.co.uk/blog/mt.php/2009/05/16/white_privilege_and_the_white_convert

Who Am I and How Did I Get Here? - Reflections From An American Muslim, Mustafa Davis http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/who-am-i-and-how-did-i-get-here

Why Are You a Muslim?, Amina Huntress http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/transformations_why_are_you_a_muslim1/

Why UnMosqued The Movie? http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/why-unmosqued-the-movie

Who Am I and How Did I Get Here? - Reflections From An American Muslim, Mustafa Davis http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/who-am-i-and-how-did-i-get-here

Why the British are flocking to Islam’s call, Abdal Hakim Murad http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/why-the-british-are-flocking-to-islams-call

Women Friendly Mosques brochure, CAIR - Unanswered Questions of Women Friendly Mosques brochure, Shahed Amanullah http://www.patheos.com/blogs/altmuslim/2005/06/women_friendly_mosques_document_leaves_unanswered_questions/

Women & Islam: The rise and rise of the convert http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women—islam-the-rise-and-rise-of-the-convert-6258015.html

The “X” Phenomenon: Reflection on the Resurrection and Commercialization of El-Hajj Mali, James Edward Jones http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_x_phenomenon_reflection_on_the_resurrection_and_commercialization_of_el

Mohamed Zakariya: New Stamp Celebrates Eid, John Marlowe http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/zakariya_mohamed_new_stamp_celebrates_eid


first posted 3/23/07


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