Islam Is Not About Being Perfect

As all of us know, there isn’t just one type of student. Some people work hard and succeed. Some work hard and fail, but keep trying their best. Others try just hard enough to pass. And then there are those who don’t study much, thinking that they’ll just get lucky on exam day, so they fail. I have never met someone who works hard to study but realizes that they will not get 100% on every exam that they take, and then gives… Read more

This Is Why ENVY Just Doesn’t Make Sense

“You always want what you can’t have.” We’ve all heard that expression, and have experienced it at some point in our lives as well. This feeling of wanting what we don’t or can’t have is a big reason why we envy those who do have that thing. A poor person may envy a rich person. Someone with average looks might envy someone who is considered to be very beautiful. If someone is single, they might envy people who are married. Those… Read more

4 Reasons Why Forgiveness Is Good for the Soul

Forgiving someone who has hurt or wronged us can be one of the most difficult things we do in life. There are definitely benefits to forgiving others, though, and many of these are internal. As Muslims, we believe the “internal” refers not only to our mental health, but our spiritual state as well. Here are four ways in which forgiveness can be good for a person’s soul: 1. It Puts You at Ease The struggle to forgive someone else is something that we have to go through… Read more

It’s Time to Recognize the Middle Ground Between Political Correctness and Hate Speech

According to Merriam-Webster, being politically correct means “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities should be eliminated.” Hate speech, on the other hand, is “speech expressing hatred of a particular group of people.” These phrases are not antonyms, though they are often treated as such. It’s possible to “offend political sensibilities” without having expressed hatred towards anyone, or even saying that you dislike them. For example, a person might politely say they disagree with someone’s… Read more

Short Story: When You Least Expect It…

Written by Samra Safdar I took out my phone and started to play games. It was the only thing I could do to ignore the sneers and rude remarks of Chloe and her gang. I swear, they think that they can get away with anything just because they’re the popular kids. Every time they come towards me they burst out into laughter, cover their heads, and do the hand-explosion thing. It’s so annoying. I haven’t really told anyone, since nothing physical… Read more

The Most Tempting Thing About Paradise

When I think of Jannah (Paradise), lots of beautiful things come to mind based on the descriptions in the Qur’an as well as my own imagination and desires. But everything that I visualize is basically just a perfect version of what can be found on this earth, even though I know better than that: “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Allah has said: I have prepared for My righteous servants what no eye has seen,… Read more

3 Relevant Lessons from the Life of Prophet Yahya (John)

Written by Aisha Prophet Yahya (peace be upon him) was a prophet of Bani Israeel (the Children of Israel). He watched his own father, Prophet Zakariah (pbuh), teach the people of Bani Israeel from his childhood. Prophet Yahya was a very kind and gentle person, and he grew up to be a pious and God-fearing young man. When he became older, Prophet Yahya continued his father’s work. He conveyed the Message of God to the people of Bani Israeel with respect and compassion. He taught… Read more

How to Get His Love and Attention

Ah, Valentine’s Day… A day when some single people envy married couples, some married couples envy single people, and everyone else is just waiting for the chocolate to go on sale. It’s also a day when a person who has a crush on someone hopes they’ll finally get lucky. Maybe the person they have a crush on will tell them they feel the same way, or at least look their way. But at the end of the day, they’re still alone…. Read more

Let’s Talk About Hijab and Self-Esteem

February 1st is World Hijab Day, which fell on a Wednesday this year. My social media feeds were full of pictures and posts to show the pride that Muslim women all over the world feel for wearing the hijab. But it made me think about all of the things that people may not know about the Islamic headscarf, and the affects it can have on a woman’s self-esteem… Both the good and the bad. Others’ Opinions When I first started wearing the… Read more

Why I Don’t Believe in Saying “My Islam”

Almost five years ago, I had a transition in my life where I went from being what some might call, “less religious” to “more religious.” During that time, I fell in love with Islam in a way that I never had before. A big reason for that was because I was finally learning to differentiate between my parents’ culture (“back home”) and Islam, and I realized that Islam is infinitely better. I think many people who go through a journey similar… Read more

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