5 Ways You Can Use Technology to Boost Your Faith

Technology is notorious for its tendency to make people feel insecure, depressed, and disconnected from nature. Most of the time when I go out now, I notice that nearly everyone is staring at their smartphones. (If I’m not doing so myself!) This can affect our connection with one another as well as with God. However, technology can also be a valuable tool in increasing our iman (faith). Here are some ways in which that can be done: 1. Qur’an Websites… Read more

Poem: War

Written by Bariha Why do we keep doing this? This problem we can so easily dismiss An argument twisted into something more What drives us to murder and gore? All the disagreements Aren’t there better alternatives? What can anyone gain from several oh so thousand dead? Dig deeper than the surface But all you saw was red Thousands upon thousands pile on one another Who knows if you had killed your brother? Every ounce of blood All shredded, dunked in… Read more

Salah Is an Act of Love

I was recently at a wedding and there was a lot of talk about wedding vows. Some people who gave speeches reminded the couple to constantly renew their vows and stay true to their promises to each other. For me, this is a reminder that no matter how much love there is between two people, they still need to put effort into the relationship, and the behavior shown towards each other needs to reflect what’s felt inside. Because true love… Read more

These Entrepreneurs Are Making Hajj & Umrah Easier for Americans

I went for Umrah for the first time last year and, unfortunately, I was not as well-prepared as I thought I was. After arriving in Mecca, I realized that I needed to shop for some supplies, which was a major inconvenience because I was there for the purpose of worship. The shops were far from our hotel, and we didn’t find everything we needed because a lot of what was being sold was just souvenirs. InshaAllah whenever I go again next… Read more

This Is What It’s Like to Be a Muslim Adoptive/Foster Parent

(This is part two of a series on adoption. Read part one here.) Growing up, adoption and foster care were foreign concepts to me. They were not common practices in the Muslim community and were not spoken about openly. Alhamdulillah, things are changing; now there are seminars, events, and lectures held for the Muslim community on the topic of adoption. However, the conversation is still largely conceptual. We may talk about the Islamic rulings and the legal technicalities leading up… Read more

“Dear Muslim Converts…” | Letters to the Ummah

Written by Kaya Gravitter Dear Muslim converts, I know that we are not perfect and I want to tell you all to never stop loving yourself. No one is perfect. I know the life we grew up around can be far different than the religion we are practicing now. Still, don’t forget who you are or where you came from. Continue to celebrate holidays with your family, if you are near them. You do not have to believe in those… Read more

Struggles of an American Muslim Girl

Written by Falak I have had both good and bad experiences as a young Muslim in America. I go to a private Islamic school, so I don’t really get made fun of or bullied about being a Muslim. However, every time my class goes on a field trip to a museum or even a restaurant, people stare at us because we are all wearing hijabs and covering our bodies as part of our school uniform. When we enter a restaurant,… Read more

A Simple Litmus Test of How Much We Trust God

Story time: A young man wanted to go to college, but did not have the financial means for it. The universities in his area demanded the money upfront. He tried everything he could to save up, but still fell short. His dad told him that he will be able to save up the money and give it to him sometime soon, but he can’t say what the exact date will be at this point in time. The son had all… Read more

This Is Why Muslim Men Need to Stop Commenting on Women’s Hijab

“You’re not wearing the hijab properly. Women who dress like that are cursed.” “Sister, you are misleading the younger generation of Muslimahs.” “You shouldn’t bother wearing the hijab at all if you are going to wear makeup/tight clothes.” “You are representing Islam in a bad way when you wear the hijab like that.” …Sound familiar? It does to me. Thankfully, I haven’t had anyone comment on my own hijab. But I see other Muslim women getting these kinds of comments… Read more

Staying Gentle in an Era of Cyberbullying and Internet Debates

I’m often afraid to open the comments’ section on social media posts; I think many other people feel the same way as well. There’s just too high a chance of being bombarded with Islamophobic remarks, personal attacks, or witnessing verbal “wars” between other people. The Internet seems to bring out the ugliest side of people, which they usually keep hidden from those they interact with in person. Their most demeaning, condescending, and heartless thoughts spill onto the screen with no… Read more

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