Friday, March 21, 2008

Muslamics Turns 1 !!

AlhamdulilAllah (All praise is due to Allah). What started out as an experiment a little over a year ago is now a fully functioning blog and a step closer towards being a truly open community forum. Jazakum Allah khairan to all our readers and supporters who have made this project's first year a success - over 25,000 visits!

An acknowledgment of the contributors we were blessed to have during the past year is way overdue. Despite their over-booked schedules between office/class/masjid/car/home, our bloggers and guest-bloggers found the time to share their work on Muslamics because they believed in this project and really wanted to see it work. May Allah (swt) reward all of you and bless your time and efforts!

Unfortunately, some of our founding and contributing bloggers are no longer with Muslamics, but we hope to see them come back often with insightful guest posts and enriching comments inshaAllah.

Below, in no particular order, are 'original' posts which we (the moderators) thought capture the best of our first year and what Muslmics is really all about:

LAPD's Muslim Mapping - by Affad Shaikh

Islamic Dress Code? - by Marya Bangee

Happy 4th of July? - by Yesi King

Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al `Afasy at IIOC - by Angie Ellaboudy

Fajr- The Hidden Treasure - by Cassandra Williams

Food Choices - by Omar Zarka

My Feelings on the Virginia Tech Massacre - by Naveed Ahmad

Islamo Facism Awareness Week - Coming to a campus NEAR YOU - by Zahra Billoo

Fresh off the Unity Parade - by Affad Shaikh

US Congress Passes Ramadan Bill - by Shahtaj Siddiqui

Whats wrong with being a Porn Star? - by Affad Shaikh

Pipin' Away - by Marya Bangee

How to Kill a Transperson - by Yesi King

As always we would love to hear from our visitors - at the end of the day, it is your contributions which really bring Muslamics to life. Do you have any favourite posts from last year? Got any ideas on how we can make Muslamics a more dynamic and interesting forum? Any suggestions on what we can do different or better?

Also, we are always on the look out for new guest bloggers (and if you're really committed, maybe even full-time contributors) so please do drop us a line if you think you're up for it!

We have a few surprises up our sleeves for the coming year which inshaAllah will be rolled out in the next few weeks. We do realize there's still a long way to go before Muslamics achieves its true potential of being a strong voice for the Muslim community- particularly young Muslim activists, thinkers, and students of knowledge, not only in the US but around the world. We will continue to strive to get there inshaAllah and can use all the help and support we can get!

Once again, jazakum Allah khairan to all our contributors and visitors and we hope you continue to enjoy being a part of Muslamics as much as we do.


nida said...

Alhamdulillah! happy birthday muslamics!

Affad Shaikh said...

oh how sad, i really liked Jameel Besada's post on Maqilliadora's and its not on the list :(

Huda Shaka` said...

The list is not meant to be comprehensive in any way - it was actually put together kind of randomly. Please do to let us know what your favourites from last year were, especially if they are not on the list.

I really liked Jameel's post too by the way =)

Anonymous said...

But Nida, I thought celebrating birthdays was "haraam" . . .

Nedda said...

happy birthday! thanks for a year of great reading.