Salma Hasan Ali

Salma Hasan Ali is a writer, storyteller and non-profit leader. She is also the Contributing Editor of The Islamic Monthly.


Salma Hasan Ali is a writer, storyteller and non-profit leader. She is also the Contributing Editor of The Islamic Monthly.



ARTICLES BY Salma Hasan Ali



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“Asma, Please Help Me”

I am 27 years woman. I got married in 2004 with he. It is an arrange marriage. My husband stidied from US. He acts som


I am 27 years woman. I got married in 2004 with he. It is an arrange marriage. My husband stidied from US. He acts some times strange but I thought he gets tired from his work. I gave birth to my first daughter. She get sick instead of taking to the doctor he use to abuse me. My […]

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Centered: The Music and Passion of Sami Yusuf

The questions during the live Twitter chat with the singer, songwriter and composer Sami Yusuf a few weeks ago were pour


The questions during the live Twitter chat with the singer, songwriter and composer Sami Yusuf a few weeks ago were pouring in, hundreds every few minutes, from all corners of the world, asking about various aspects of his life, from his taste in food and movies (Burgers or pizza? Have you watched Harry Potter?), to […]

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Light and Blessings – T.T.

A remembrance of Tayyibah Taylor Last Friday, as I was waiting, blue-gowned, in the hospital for my bi-annual mammograph


A remembrance of Tayyibah Taylor Last Friday, as I was waiting, blue-gowned, in the hospital for my bi-annual mammography results, I scrolled through my Facebook feed and saw the tributes pouring in.  The shock was overwhelming, and the moment felt deeply poignant. My dear friend Tayyibah Taylor, who had supported and encouraged me through my […]

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Reviving a Dying Art – And Empowering Women in the Process

The Embroidery of Asif Shaikh sif Shaikh sits behind his black granite table in his office in Ahmedabad, India, discussi


The Embroidery of Asif Shaikh sif Shaikh sits behind his black granite table in his office in Ahmedabad, India, discussing fabrics, colors and designs with the mother of a groom. He’s designing several outfits for the wedding party, including an elaborately embroidered sari for her. Asif needs about six months to design for a wedding […]

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These Birds Walk

An Intimate Look at Pakistan’s Humanity tories evoke emotions. They help us cultivate a relationship and develop a sen


An Intimate Look at Pakistan’s Humanity tories evoke emotions. They help us cultivate a relationship and develop a sense of familiarity. By revealing personal vulnerabilities and universal longings, stories help us relate to one another, across faith and geography and beyond generalizations or stereotypes, simply as human beings.  This is what makes “These Birds Walk”, […]

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Meeting Mandela: A Tribute

As thousands celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, I’m grateful that the snow has slowed do


As thousands celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, I’m grateful that the snow has slowed down our hurried morning pace to allow me to take pause too, and honor a man who has been my hero, our hero.  It’s still hard to believe that Mandela has passed away. We knew […]

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Shahidul Alam: Giving Voice to the Lions

He was taking curious – but evocative – photographs: a pair of eyeglasses of a pashmina weaver; calloused feet worki


He was taking curious – but evocative – photographs: a pair of eyeglasses of a pashmina weaver; calloused feet working the pedals of a loom; dozens of tillis wrapped in wool of every hue lining the looms. Children surrounded him wherever we went, tugging at his bright magenta kurta and clamoring for their pictures to […]

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An Unlikely Ambassador: Todd Shea finds purpose after September 11th

I was staying at a hotel in Queens, and woke up to a phone call from my manager Al Sirowitz. His call was expected; we w


I was staying at a hotel in Queens, and woke up to a phone call from my manager Al Sirowitz. His call was expected; we were going to be working at a recording studio that day. I felt great and was eager to get to work on my music. Instead of his normal upbeat personality, […]

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Serving Humanity: Abdul Sattar Edhi

A young mother, wearing a black abaya over a bright red shalwar kameez, her hair loosely covered and her hands painted w


A young mother, wearing a black abaya over a bright red shalwar kameez, her hair loosely covered and her hands painted with henna, waits in the front office of the boys school at Edhi Village. Her 10-year-old son, his cheeks streaked with dirt and tears, clings to her legs. “Koi masla hai” (“There’s some problem”), […]