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

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

There is a great deal of children who are brought into this world unwanted.  Many grow up in poverty and abuse. Some grow up in foster care and orphanages. These children have nothing and no support. Very few of these children succeed in life.  Those who are adopted have a better chance, but always there is a void. They wonder why they were given up in the first place. Muslim women are given dignity by Islam, but the majority of… Read more

“She’s drop-dead gorgeous.” “What a handsome young man!” “Your hair looks so pretty.” We hear expressions like these nearly every day, either directed at us or someone else. For most people, it feels good to receive and even give these types of compliments – myself included. But the thought recently crossed my mind… When we compliment someone’s appearance and nothing else, what are we really saying? What message are we sending? I have come across dozens of articles about how,… Read more

Empathy seems like a very basic concept which comes naturally to many people, but the way we express it towards others is often flawed. It’s a skill which needs to be taught and fostered, even if some degree of it is already within us. Here are 5 common mistakes that people make when trying to empathize: 1. Making Assumptions It’s never a good idea to say something like, “What’s the big deal?” or “It’s not so bad.” You don’t know… Read more

As I grow older, I am realizing that not everything always goes my way. I am often stricken with anxiety as a result of even the smallest mishaps in my life. I am hung up on my plans for the future and I nitpick at every aspect of my life that has not gone as planned. Although this is something that I struggle with on a daily basis, it also brings me back to faith. The famous Muslims of the… Read more

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

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