May 30, 2018

Ramadan is that special month where we feel closer to God. We all strive to do things for His sake and hope our deeds are accepted and our sins are forgiven. Most, if not all Muslims, love Ramadan. I especially love Ramadan because of the following reasons: 1. It Gives Me a Chance to Restructure My Life Whenever Ramadan is around the corner, I usually feel the necessity to restructure my schedule in order to accommodate the requirements of the… Read more

May 25, 2018

Alhamdulillah (praise and thanks be to God), we were given the chance to see another Ramadan. Even with the added stress that can come during this month due to fasting long hours, not getting enough sleep, etc., it’s hard not to feel the blessings of this special time of the year. There is a sense of community, a drive for self-improvement, and a renewal of our intentions and efforts to get closer to our Creator. But with all of these… Read more

May 21, 2018

Every year, even months ahead, my Muslim friends watch in anticipation of the crescent moon, which I call the Prophet’s moon. They look forward to Ramadan as a time of reflection and as a time to get closer to Allah. I even have friends with major illness such as diabetes and others, as well as pregnancy, who risk their health or lives in fasting so they will not miss out on this blessed month. Even still fasting if they become… Read more

May 17, 2018

As the crescent moon makes its way across the horizon, Ramadan slowly approaches. Believers of all different walks of life enter this month with a humble heart. I’m not sure what it is about Ramadan that comforts my soul in the way it does. It might be the time I’m able to spend with my family or the extra emphasis I put on practicing Islam rather than talking about it, but it definitely has a profound impact on me. For… Read more

May 14, 2018

I saw you today. You were standing in your bedroom by the window. I saw your face—the curve of your lips, the turn of your nose, the soft pores of your cheeks. You were quiet while I soaked you in. So beautiful. Just the way I remember. Your soft hands, I can almost feel them. I moved in front of you and stared into your eyes. Those vacant eyes of yours. And then I spoke… You irritated me. All you… Read more

May 8, 2018

Despite the fact that I grew up in a predominantly Muslim country, I seemed to have a lot of Christian friends growing up. While they no doubt cared about me, they always seemed really curious (read: wary) about Islam and sometimes went as far as trying to prove their religion was superior and making a case for why I should join their religion. Being a kid, I couldn’t answer some of their questions due to limited knowledge and I sometimes… Read more

May 2, 2018

The first time I listened to Chimamanda Adichie’s TEDx talk, “We should all be feminists,” I was so inspired by it that I made all my friends watch it and immediately declared myself to be feminist. This happened around the time that I was making my way through a translation of the Quran with the desire to strengthen my faith—which was working until I started to encounter some verses that seemed to put men above women in certain roles or… Read more

April 29, 2018

When I get the chance to lay my prayer mat across the floor and place my forehead on the ground, I feel such utter bliss. It’s hard to put my finger on what that bliss is. Some may say that it’s a moment where my consciousness is present in the now, whereas others may say that it is exclusively an effect of connecting to the Divine. I’m not sure what it is and I’m not exactly sure if I care…. Read more

April 25, 2018

Adolescence is hard to go through. During the pre-teen to young adult years, a person’s body, brain, and environment are constantly changing. They are developing a new awareness of the world and themselves, and this includes questioning the norms and values they were raised with, as well as trying to develop independence and a personal identity. All of this is a healthy part of adolescence, if it is responded to with patience and understanding. Unfortunately, many adults have a tough… Read more

April 20, 2018

In the beginning, there was only an atom of energy, and that burst of energy spread out to create the infinite universe as we know it. That was the Big Bang. Many religions believe that this was God created, and that God is light and energy with a personality. All things in the universe, wherever you may be, all follow the same law and order. There is a system and a great beauty within it. We all look up to… Read more

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