Why Muslims Should Stand in Solidarity with the LGBTQ+ Community

Muslim woman holds sign that says”#NotInMyName” during a Seattle vigil for Pulse Nightclub victims (Lindsey Wasson / Seattle Times via AP)

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Black Deaths & the War of Position

D.C. National Guard stand on steps of Lincoln Memorial during peaceful protest against police violence on 6/2/20 Win McNamee/Getty Images


Black Migration and the Destruction of Empire

Nineteenth-century American painter Thomas Cole’s painting of Rome called“Destruction.” It is the fourth in a series of five paintings called “The Course of Empire.”

What I Saw on My Visit to Palestine

A Ramadan Interfaith Meditation

“In the church in which I was raised, you were supposed to bear witness to the truth…I am witness to whence I came, where I am. Witness to what I’ve seen and the possibilities that I think I see.”

— James Baldwin

Original photo taken at the Dheisha refugee camp outside of Bethlehem, June 2019.

This is part 4 of a weekly Ramadan reflection series. Make sure to check out part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Lessons from the Qur’an about fighting and retreating in the face of oppression

(John Bazemore/AP)

Ramadan Interfaith Reflection #2

Original photo of the inside of the Mezquita-Catedral, December 2019

Ramadan Interfaith Meditation #1

Ain’t shed a tear since the old school years of elementary
— Tupac Shakur

Los Angeles Laker fans Alex Fultz, from left, Eddy Rivas and Rene Alfaro mourn retired NBA star Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center prior to the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. He was 41. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Verily, tears are a mercy that Allah has placed in the hearts of His servants.

— Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Putting in Work

Race, Gender, Islam, and the Capitalist work ethic

Illustration by Aimee Flom

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

— Matthew 11:28–30


stephen jamal leeper

muslim. writer. educator.

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