My Take: Top 5 myths about American Muslims’ love lives
February 14th, 2012
01:25 PM ET

My Take: Top 5 myths about American Muslims’ love lives

Editor's note:  Ayesha Mattu, an international development consultant, and Nura Maznavi, an attorney, are the co-editors of "Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women."

By Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi, Special to CNN

A lot has been written about Muslim women, but very little of it has been written by Muslim women ourselves.

The sensational stories — child brides, forced marriages, honor killings — always get the headlines, but nowhere do we see the stories of the independent, opinionated and hilarious Muslim women we know.

We decided to change that.

Starting five years ago, we asked fellow American Muslim women to share their stories of searching for love. We chose the topic because love is a deeply intimate yet universal emotion — and one not usually associated with Muslims.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Opinion

February 14th, 2012
09:02 AM ET

Gospel singer Kim Burrell remembers praying with Whitney Houston

By Allen Huntspon, CNN

(CNN) - Every week for 13 years, Whitney Houston called her friend, gospel artist Kim Burrell, who she adored like a sister. When Houston struggled with personal issues, Burrell would pray with her.

The world saw Houston, who died Saturday, share the stage with Burrell during BET's 2011 Celebration of Gospel, in what signified the return of a music legend as they sung Houston's hit song, "I look to you."

And that's what Burrell says Houston often did – she looked to God.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Music • TV-CNN Newsroom

February 14th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, February 14

By Dan Merica, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

Reaction to contraception compromise has been mixed.

CNN: Nicki Minaj did what?
Even with a superstar memorialized and a Beach Boys reunion, it was a confusing high church send-up, complete with exorcisms that stole the show at Sunday night's Grammy Awards.

CNN: Catholic parishioners voice different opinions on contraception controversy
As the fight between the White House and Catholic bishops over contraception coverage continues, parishioners attending Mass on Sunday appeared to be divided over which side to support.


- Dan Merica

Filed under: Uncategorized

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