Which islamwich Are You?

Written by Theresa Corbin

To commemorate nearly 4 years in the blogging game, I have compiled (…er… reposted) a list of types of islamwiches. Try them all, see which one best suits you, and let us know which islamwich you are by taking the poll at the end.


1 – The Turkey-Ham on Rye 

The Turkey-Ham is a turkey roasted like a ham, meant to taste like a ham, but is totally turkey. This kind of islamwich likes to seem as though he or she is playing it fast and loose.


Pros: You tend to know your stuff concerning religious matters. At first glance others might think you are doing something questionable, but you have a million legit proofs to prove them wrong. You don’t follow anyone blindly, and want/expect others to do the same.


Cons: You have a hard time admitting you are wrong. You tend to be rebellious and head strong.
Looks like ham. Tastes like ham. Must be turkey
Why we love the Turkey-Ham on rye:
This islamwich knows his or her stuff, and we could learn a thing or three from him/her.


2 – The Zabiha and Veggies on Wheat

The Zabiha and veggies on wheat plays it safe. Just like his/her selection of meat (the Islamic prescribed method of slaughter of an animal for its meat), he/she leave nothing to doubt.

Pros: You are a straight edge gal or fella. You will never lead others wrong and will be the one encouraging your friends and family to fast sunnah fasts and pray on time, every time.

Cons: You often deputizes yourself as the haram police and go about facebook, Muslim gatherings and the masjid correcting people. 

Delicious, nutritious and 100% halal
Why we love the Zabiha and Veggies on Wheat: This islamwich is the moral compass for his or her friends and family. He/she is steadfast and sets a great example.


3 – The Gyro

The gyro is a Westerner who is a culture junky. He or she may or may not be Muslim. But he or she loves all things Eastern and may even be an orientalist.


Pros: You are pretty well-versed in the history and the current state of affairs of the Middle East.  If you are a she-gyro you probably know how to belly dance, and if you are a he-gyro you might smokes hooka, or vice versa.😉


Cons: You may have very minimal knowledge of Islam, which is cool if you are not a Muslim. But if you are a Muslim, this lack of knowledge can be detrimental to your faith as you are pretty much just practicing a culture, and where the two come together may be a bit blurry for you.
Now I am hungry!


Why we love the gyro: He or she loves different cultures and is excited by those who are different. This islamwich takes meeting people of different backgrounds as a learning experience.


4 – The Egg and Cheese 

Like the egg and cheese sandwich this islamwich is a morning sandwich … errr … person. He or she is bright eyed and eager to get started in many religious activities.


Pros: You are often the one waking everyone in the house up for fajr. Or if you are the sole Muslim in the house, you are might even wake up for fajr without the alarm. You can be found biting your nails waiting for Sha’aban to be over in anticipation for Ramadan. Through your eagerness you give others strength (like the egg sandwich has good proteins and fat). Best of all, you would never judge anyone else because you are too busy encouraging.


Cons: Like the egg and cheese sandwich, your shelf life is short. As the day goes by your enthusiasm fades. You need your rest to renew your fervor. And as the year goes by you need to refuel your faith (hence your eagerness for Ramadan).
You’ve got egg all over your face


Why we love the egg and cheese sandwich: Every islamwich needs to keep an egg and cheese in their arsenal of friends. He/she will brings encouragement and a glass half full of your favorite beverage attitude.


5 – The Ice Cream Sandwich

The ice cream sandwich is the class clown and the masjid president. He or she is clever, amiable and finds humor in everything.


Pros: You are the life of any gathering. You have charisma to spare and are always using it to make dawah. Because you are generally outgoing, you have a lot of connections and can be a great matchmaker. ;)   


Cons: However, because you are the life of the party you have many friends and it is easy for you to lose track of those who need you the most.   


So long, diet:/


Why we love the ice cream sandwich: What is not to love? Fun and outgoing make for a great personality combo. Everyone wants to be this islamwich’s friend and this islamwich is down with that.


6. The Turkey Club

This islamwich is not Muslim but loves Islam. He or she has been playing with the idea of converting, but is worried about giving up the stuff he/she likes (hence the bacon on his or her turkey sandwich).


Pros: You have an open mind and heart in the face of a lot of lies people spread about Islam. You took the time to learn the truth, and that is pretty awesome.


Cons: Your predecessor is the Turkey-Ham sandwich. And like the Turkey-ham sandwich, you tend to be rebellious and headstrong.  
Bacon, belief, or belief in bacon? These are the tough questions.
What we love about the Turkey Club: He or she doesn’t believe everything that he/she reads. The Club has to find out for him or herself.  This is a noble quality whether or not Allah chooses to grant him or her guidance.


So … which kind of islamwich you are??? Take the poll.

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It’s Not About The Headscarf

Written By: Elyse Keelani*

Why is a Muslim woman’s worth symbolized by a headscarf** or the lack thereof?

In Western societies, the lack of a headscarf makes a Muslim woman blend into secular society; whether or not she’s a practicing Muslim is less important. Usually, as long as she looks the part, she is accepted. A lack of a headscarf in the eyes of the West means that she is not oppressed, and that she has found freedom.

its not about the headscarf

However, the West fails to see that their own society confines women also, and that women are treated simply as objects. If a woman wears a bikini on the beach, she’s fine. If a woman wears a bikini on the street, she’s deemed “loose”. If a woman of the right body-type wears a low-cut top, she is seen as sexy; If a heavy woman does the same, she is trashy. There are so many rules to follow, it’s hard to keep up.

“Do I look confident or self-absorbed?” “Do I look strong or do I look overbearing?” “Do I look sexy or do I look slutty?” The lines are drawn according to a woman’s race, body type, socio-economic status, etc. Then a woman might find that the lines are drawn differently in some Western countries, or in some areas of Western countries.

The worth of a woman is often narrowed down to fabric, but that worth was taken away long before anyone saw how she was dressed. Being “Jane” means less opportunity in life, less pay, more risk of being a victim of violence, etc.

Clothing is simply a symbol of how well a woman is fitting into the society that already oppresses her.

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What Trump Could Mean for America

Written by Theresa Corbin

On islamwich’s about page, we promise to never talk about politics … then we talk about politics. 

Are we admitting to lying? No. What we mean by not talking about politics is that don’t talk about Middle Eastern politics because that is not Islam. Many Westerners cannot seem to unpack Islam from ME politics, le sigh. But we do reserve the right to discuss politics if politics specifically talks about us and/or our religion.  

And that is exactly what Trump has been doing for some time now- talking about American Muslim and Muslims worldwide. And beyond that, Trump has said some hateful things about our non-Muslim brothers and sisters in humanity. We take serious issue with that. So game on, Trump. Game. On. 

Trump could mean for US

When we try to assess the risk we face with a Trump presidency, all we can go on is what he says he will do. But mostly he is very, very vague about how he will do what he promises.

One of his favorite things to do is promise Americans that things will be “great “… because he is “great” … and people say he is “great” … and we should believe him because he is “great” and we will see just how “great” it will be–circular logic much? 

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What Trump Could Mean for Pakistan

Written by Saadia Haq of the Human Lens

In today’s world, most common people are getting more and more obsessed about one thing, i.e the United States of America. Pakistan’s no different with our long term difficult marriage or you could call it a “thorny alliance” with the super power that has a big say in the affairs of my State.

Trump could mean for Pakistan

At this point in time, most people I speak with are fixated with the turning tides in the American elections, much cause for dissent and concern.

Obviously, we note Republican’s presidential runner up Donald Trump’s sensational campaign to be a crude circus that flirts with xenophobia, Islamophobia and the need to make Americans once again protected.

According to Trump, America is under grave threats from many enemies. Hang on, every time, we heard such notions from the White House (the inappropriateness of this name, really) USA conducted illegal and disastrous invasions of several sovereign Muslim countries.

So we Pakistanis are more wary of this Trump fellow describing how his post win scenario where he shall seek India’s help in addressing the “problem” of what he describes as a “semi-unstable” nuclear armed Pakistan.


Read more on Saadia’s website here.

Find part two here, where Theresa talks Trump an what could his presidency could mean for America. Spoiler Alert: It ain’t pretty.


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My First Article About Islam

Written by Theresa Corbin

A couple weeks ago, I was going through some old papers, trying to get rid of obsolete stuff like my health insurance coverage brochure from 2007. I was thinking how ridiculous the mountain of dead trees that we all keep in our homes is when I came across the first article I ever wrote about Islam.   

My first article about Isalm


The article was a letter to the editor in response to a man who had written about how hijab is evil or some such ignorance. I had been Muslim for all of 13 months and I had heard enough. I wasn’t gonna let it go anymore. I had to speak up. So I did. But I didn’t think it would actually get published. It did. 

Check it out my first ever article about Islam here.

That was December 25, 2002 (I had no control over the date of publication.)

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Update: What Muslims Are Doing to Stop Terrorism

Update: What Muslims Are Doing to Stop Terrorism

Written by Theresa Corbin

The Islamophobia industry (indeed it is an industry that rakes in millions of dollars selling hate) has created a bit of rhetoric that is divisive, misleading, and infuriating.

Rhetoric: Why don’t we hear the moderate* Muslims speaking out against extremism and terrorism?


This question is slung around the media after any psycho with an Arabic sounding name goes and does what psychos do. But the fact is that when some media outlets *cough* Fox *cough* ask a question like- why aren’t Muslim speaking up- they are not really asking a question as much as they are planting a seed in the public’s mind.

The rhetoric is meant to make the average person think that the majority of Muslims are silent in the face of injustice falsely done in the name of Islam. And that Muslim silence implies consent.  

So Joe Schmo wonders if there are so many peace loving, law abiding Muslims then why don’t we hear the moderate* Muslims speaking out against terrorism? 

And the short answer is: The media is largely ignoring the billions of Muslims speaking out against terrorism in one breath, and then asking, “why don’t we hear from them?” in the next.

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