April 16, 2018

The transition to wearing hijab full-time can be a difficult one for many women. We often have internal and external barriers which prevent us from feeling totally comfortable and confident in the hijab. It can be a confusing time. Here are 3 mistakes to avoid as a new hijabi, which may help make the transition easier: Judging Yourself This is a common pitfall which people are susceptible to in any area of life, but when it comes to religion, it… Read more

April 12, 2018

Some parts of life suck. That’s just how it is, no matter how much we might try to change it. Life will never be perfect; for most people, it’s riddled with hardships, tragedies, and mistakes. So imagine my surprise when I witnessed a whole group of people of various backgrounds say that they wouldn’t change their past, even if they could. I was in class, and my professor asked if anyone would go back and undo their mistakes or prevent… Read more

April 8, 2018

Written by Dr. Shadee Elmasry Race and religion are often mentioned together in the same context, as if they are equal. But the right stance on things is more important than all the other good traits a person might have. Beliefs are not just accidentals, like ethnicity or skin color. So I want to say, stop trying to pair “race and religion” together all the time as if they’re equal. Race and religion are not even close to being equal…. Read more

April 5, 2018

Regret is one of the most painful feelings to experience because of the knowledge that we brought it upon ourselves. But it also has a positive side, which is that in many cases, it can be prevented. Our choices are within our own control. They say that hindsight is 20/20.  However, there is actually an easy way to attain that 20/20 vision right now, without having to look back someday to attain it. The key is to try to look at… Read more

April 1, 2018

Written by Rabbi Allen Maller There were many Jews who supported Muhammad (peace be upon him) when he first arrived in Medina. One of them was Rabbi Mukhayriq, according to Dr. Muqtedar Khan, the founding Director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware. In an article published in December of 2009 on Islamicity, Dr. Khan says there are many stories that contemporary Imams rarely tell their congregations. The story of Rabbi Mukhayriq is one of them. Dr…. Read more

March 28, 2018

The subject of sexual abuse in very taboo when it comes to Muslim women.  It is something which is usually not talked about openly. But with the recent “Me, too” movement, many women are now talking and revealing their past sexual abuse experiences. In the Muslim world, women are often punished and blamed for their past sexual abuse experiences. Many have been considered to have committed fornication or adultery, and are punished for the abuse they have experienced. Some are… Read more

March 25, 2018

Written by Dr. Shadee Elmasry In every era, in every society, there’s a common phrase people use to praise a person. In ours it’s the generic expression, “good person.” So… What exactly is a “good person”? If someone saved four lives, but it was then discovered that he killed his mother and father in cold blood with no regrets, would they be considered good? He saved four and took two, so the net is a positive two. But if you… Read more

March 21, 2018

Human nature is complex and imperfect. It’s easy for me to feel on top of the world whenever I am feeling good about myself and my state of being, but with that ease comes the difficulty of not being able to get a hold of my ego. As humans, it is natural to be faced with short moments of pride that fill up our psyche with a sense of temporary ecstasy. Like many faiths, Islam warns us against being prideful…. Read more

March 14, 2018

It’s not easy to teach children. Whether someone is a parent, teacher, or some other caregiver of a child, they know that educating kids so they know right from wrong is a difficult job. It’s not only giving them a list of “things to do” and “things to avoid,” but trying to help them develop sound morals. That way, they learn to intuitively do and avoid certain actions without needing explicit instructions every time. Life is like that after childhood,… Read more

March 11, 2018

Divorce is a complicated topic. Many people who are in unhappy marriages are unable to get a divorce for a variety of reasons. It’s not as simple as some may think it is. In this article, I’ll be focusing specifically on female Muslim converts, although many of the points may apply to non-converts as well. It is difficult for many converts to get a divorce. I think some of the reasons are that they are afraid of being alone, are… Read more

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