Not too long ago, a new sign started appearing in front of many traffic signals, which indicates that the intersection is “photo enforced.” It’s kind of a “you’ve been warned” message from the local law enforcement. If a person is speeding or violating any rules of the road, they’ll be caught. Even if a cop is not physically there to pull them over, they will receive a citation in the mail to let them know about their mistake. It’ll even… Read more

By 8:45, Sarah grudgingly gave up on trying to make her hijab look half decent. The exam was going to begin in just 15 minutes, so she threw on a cardigan and rushed out the door. The crisp autumn air helped calm her nerves before taking the exam, but she still felt self-conscious; she couldn’t help but think that she had picked the wrong day to start wearing a headscarf. As she walked into the lecture hall, Sarah felt like… Read more

(Urdu print at bottom) Main woh de chuki hoon Jo vapas nahi le sakti: Daulat to haasil karli, Kirdaar nahi khareed sakti. Log mere kapre chahte thay, Maine apni haya hi dedi. Woh gheebat sunna chahte thay, Maine apni diyanat chordi. Un ki dekhave ki ummeed Meri aajzi ki qaatil thee. Sood-o-qarz ne mujhe gher kar Mujhse qabar khudvaadi thee- Uss aazadi ki qabar Jo meri kabhi thee hi nahi. Main un ke ishaaron par Zindagi bhar naachti rahi. Kab… Read more

If there’s one thing that everyone has in common, it’s that we always want more. We want to have better, do better, and be better. We want more money, things, love, respect, education, and status. We’re not easily content with having less than someone else, or being second best. There is always some part of us that keeps desiring and working towards more. Whether it’s studying hard to get the best grades, or working day and night to get promoted… Read more

I’m gonna be honest… I love hearing that I look pretty when I dress up, and I don’t know a single girl or woman who doesn’t like to be complimented that way. Everyone likes to feel beautiful, and even more than that, they like hearing it. We all like being validated, and that definitely includes our looks. Muslim women are no exception. If you dressed your best for a night out, and looked in the mirror and thought, “Dang, I… Read more

“If fasting was simply about feeling like the poor and hungry, then Allah would not make the poor and hungry fast.” -Sheikh Muhammad al-Shaarawy As I grew up, I had a series of default answers to the question, “Why do Muslims fast (in Ramadan)?” When I was very young, I would tell my classmates that we do it so that we’ll feel the pain of poor people who don’t have enough to eat. As I grew a little older, my… Read more

He was stunned. Adam was finally hit by the realization of what had happened. How he had been advised, during high school, to consider it a training period for college. How he had been warned that every assignment and exam would impact him in a big way after joining a university. How he’d heard that there would be stricter requirements and a bigger workload, but that it would be manageable if he learned to balance all of this with his… Read more

Imagine that you’re taking a nap, and as you’re dreaming, your subconscious mind takes you to a place that is constantly changing. You’re buying a new shirt for yourself which you recently saw at a department store, when suddenly, you trip on the escalator on your way out of the store, and you end up in a small pool of blood from your own injuries. You’re taken to the hospital, and when the doctor comes to see you, you find… Read more

I talk in my sleep, and I’m not gonna lie, it has led to some really embarrassing and uncomfortable experiences. There are times when I wish I could just turn it off, but I can’t. I don’t know what I’m saying, and somebody else usually tells me the next morning that I was sleep talking, and what I said. An interesting thing about sleep talk is that the person doing it often confesses things about themselves that they normally wouldn’t… Read more

The first results that came up after a Google search for “the fiqh of” were: Marriage Chillin’ Love Marriage in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah Food and clothing Divorce Medicine Worship All of these are important topics, but some of the subjects that are highlighted the most in the Qur’an and sunnah are left off of this list completely- including those related to character. It’s easy to get caught up in the technicalities of certain actions, while forgetting… Read more

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