Facebook has a feature called “On This Day,” which allows people to re-share their old posts that were published on the same date in previous years. This post recently showed up on my Facebook homepage  (a “memory” from 4 years ago): My first instinct was to press the “share” button, since I still stand by what I wrote in the original post. But something stopped me from doing that… Things have changed a lot in the last 4 years. There… Read more

I recently relocated to another state in my country where I had to live by myself. Of course, living on your own for the first time has its own unique set of challenges. I have learned a few lessons in my first months living alone and I am still learning a lot, especially about human behavior. One of my first challenges was putting together a portable closet, which came with about a hundred separate pieces and a very sparse instruction… Read more

There is a difference of opinion on how old Aisha (the youngest wife of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) was when they got married. Some say 9, some say 15, etc. At the risk of being controversial, I want to say that no matter how young or old Aisha was, I have no issue with it. Here’s why. Let’s Be Honest… Most people who have a problem with Aisha’s age (assuming they are not Islamophobes looking for any lousy… Read more

February being Black History Month, I feel that not only is there a need to partake in celebrating this month, it is our responsibility as Muslims to do so. Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali are among the few of many African-American Muslims that paved the way for Muslims in America. We need to respect Black Muslims and love them equally as any other Muslims, if not more. We should also appreciate their culture and contributions. Islam is not a religion… Read more

When I was a teenager, my father (who was an ex-marine and educated in the Philippines) met my stepmother, who is Filipino. He brought her home to live with us. She and I worked in the garden, and I got along very well with her. Where I lived, it was basically a White town, and she was the first foreigner that I had met. Her son was taunted at school for being brown. When I was 16 years old, I… Read more

It’s ten minutes until sundown, and I instantly stop what I’m doing so that I can slip into the bathroom to wash up for prayer. As I finish my ritualistic cleansing, I wipe my face with a towel and silently ask God to adorn my face with Light. I exit the bathroom and head into my room, where I close the door and approach the small corner beside my bed. This is where I do my best to connect with… Read more

All Muslims are required to offer salah (obligatory prayer/worship) 5 times a day, if they are physically and mental able to do so in any capacity. It is one of the most important parts of our religion, and a major differentiation between the lifestyle of Muslims and non-Muslims. As Muslims, we are required to start praying 5 times a day starting from puberty. Many Muslims are even raised to be in the habit of praying their daily prayers from a… Read more

Dear Muslim millennial, I know how you feel. As a Muslim millennial in the West, it’s harder than ever to define who you are, what worldly success means to you, and the role Islam should play in your life. Once in a while, you just want to fit in. There is a dizzying array of options and plenty of distractions in the world. Your friends keep talking about that TV show they just binged on Netflix and you don’t want… Read more

It’s been drilled into me from a young age that in order to be strong in faith, I need to have unshakeable trust in God. And to a large extent, I agree with that. I know that trusting in Allah’s plans and the wisdom behind them is a major part of our religion. But I do still struggle with it at times, and I think that’s just a flaw that comes with being human. The human mind is limiting. We… Read more

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