Why I Choose Islam Every Day

Written by Naeema Whenever I feel my Imaan (faith) slipping away – and it happens more frequently than I would like to admit – I take a moment to remind myself why I choose to be a Muslim when I could be anybody else. It is, unfortunately, becoming harder to practice Islam in most societies, but I don’t regret my choice. I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. Here are my reasons for choosing Islam: It Answered My… Read more

Broken Labels: Choosing to Define My Own Self-Worth

Written by Samrah Abdi I have my bachelors in English and masters in Elementary Education. Growing up, I found public speaking and oratory to be exhilarating; I loved captivating the audience with my words and persona. To be able to create an image with words and transport the reader or listener into my own imagination was gratifying. I always knew I was meant for a purpose beyond myself. My greatest pleasure was talking and teaching about Islam. I went to… Read more

What to Do If Your Child Has Converted to Islam

Written by Kaya Gravitter When your child converts to a new religion, it is a complete life change and may come as a total shock to you. Here is some friendly advice that I have never read about before, and I think this would be very beneficial to parents who are trying to cope with their child converting to Islam. This might also be helpful for any person whose child has converted to a new religion, including Muslim parents. Don’t Tell Them They… Read more

5 Verses of the Qur’an That Will Comfort a Broken Heart

Heartbreak is an inevitable part of the human experience and can be one of the toughest things to deal with. Simply picking yourself up and moving on is much easier said than done when you feel broken. What usually helps my aching heart recover is the word of God: the Qur’an. Here are 5 ayahs (verses) of the Qu’ran that even the most shattered heart can find comfort in… 1. “Indeed, with every hardship is ease.” (94:6) This ayah always… Read more

Gossip, Scandals, and Social Media Wars — We Are Better Than This

Written by Kaya Gravitter When I first started practicing Islam after my conversion from Christianity, I went straight to the Qur’an for guidance. Sometimes I would listen to nasheeds (songs about Islam) for inspiration, but I never listened to Muslim scholars or imams on YouTube. I was turned off by that idea at first because I knew that if I really wanted to learn about Islam, it must be from the Qur’an itself. I didn’t want to follow religious scholars blindly like… Read more

Stop Blaming Women for the Muslim Marriage Crisis

Written by Jasmin Ali I’m not sorry; it must be said… In the Muslim community, we have a marriage crisis to say the least, and for some odd reason, the blame is always placed on women. We are too old, too fat, too skinny, too successful, too tall (what the…?), too dark, too ‘something’…But I’m here to say, this is absolutely ridiculous. We need to change our language around marriage and keep in mind that there are two people to… Read more

4 Questions I’m Sick of Hearing As a Muslim Convert

Written by Kaya Gravitter I often get asked questions about my religion and my choice of dress. I also get asked many questions about why I converted to Islam. However, there are some questions in particular that I’m tired of being asked, and I know many Muslim converts who feel the same way. (I am sharing my personal experience and/or that which some other converts have told me about. I do not speak on behalf of all Muslim converts.) 1. “How does your… Read more

“Dear Muslim Youth…” | Letters to the Ummah

Dear Muslim youth, You are going through some of the toughest years of your lives right now. I am not many years past your age, so I vividly remember the struggles and want to acknowledge them. Things can get confusing. School, friends, crushes, temptations, family, mental health, and self-esteem issues… I know it can get overwhelming at times. You might feel like nobody understands you, but that’s not true. All of us have been there to some extent, although some… Read more

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