Muslema Purmul was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a double major in Religious Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. During these years she served a number of different roles at her local MSA at UCSD as well as MSA West. After graduating she left to study in Egypt where she spent the better part of the next 7 years. She completed the Bachelors program in Sharia from al-Azhar University in Cairo and also completed almost two years of graduate work at the American University in Cairo in Islamic Studies. She also attended the International Union of Muslim Scholars “Future Scholars Program” while she was studying in Cairo.
Upon her return to America, she served the Southern California community in various capacities including religious instruction, directing youth and young adult programs, university chaplaincy, and offering community pastoral care at and with local masjids and organizations. She has taught classes and spoken nationally and internationally about issues related to Islamic law and ethics in an array of educational settings including conferences, retreats, universities, libraries, and mosques. Currently she serves as Assistant Religious Director at The Majlis, a community organization she and her husband co-founded together seeking to nurture safe community spaces where people can learn and live Islam, based on the traditional sources of understanding the faith, while acknowledging the particular challenges of the American context. She is a mother of two and resides with her family in Southern California.
Asalamu Alaikum all, Greetings of Peace and Blessings,
Eid Al-Adha (The Festival of the Sacrifice) and the end of Hajj (Pilgrimage in Mecca) will fall on Tuesday, July 20. The Arizona Muslim Alliance (AMA) would like to wish the community an Eid-Mubarak. On that day, we remember Allah’s favors on our father Prophet Abraham and commemorate his willingness to sacrifice his son for the sake of Allah.
Arafah falls on Monday July 19th, a day in which fasting is recommended and meritorious.
During these blessed days, please also consider supporting the Arizona Muslim Alliance (https://www.azmuslims.org/) and other community organizations.
Eid Prayer will be held at various local Masajid and at Arizona Cultural Academy. Please check related websites for details about prayer times. As an act of thanksgiving, and carrying out the tradition of the prophet Abraham, you can give locally to ICNA-Relief that will distribute meat to members of the Arizona Community and you may also give to organizations such as Helping Hand for Relief and Development that will be distributing meat internationally.
We pray that Allah accept our deeds and he continues to bless and unite our community.
The Arizona Muslim Alliance is an umbrella organization of local mosques, institutions, and nonprofit organizations aimed to have a unifying voice for Arizona’s Muslim Community.
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(PHOENIX, AZ 10/09/19) – The Arizona Muslim Alliance deplores the Yom Kippur attack on the Halle Street Synagogue in Halle Germany on October 9, 2019.
A heavily armed gunman tried to enter the synagogue as Jews were celebrating Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, but were thwarted by locked doors. The gunman shot and killed two bystanders and wounded two others.
Phoenix, AZ 3/15/19 – The Arizona Muslim Alliance today stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in New Zealand. We pray for the victims, we pray for their loved ones, and we pray for the safety of all our brothers and sisters.
“Words cannot fully express our anger and sorrow over this heinous attack. It is incumbent upon our elected officials to stop the spewing of anti-Muslim rhetoric at a national, state, and local level. We must come together to condemn all forms of hate and violence. As the details of the story continues to develop, we are asking all of our local community members to be vigilant.” In a statement from Kristy Sabbah, Chairperson for the Arizona Muslim Alliance.