January 1, 2018

The end of one year and the start of a new one is a natural time for people to look back on the previous year and reflect. We think about what we accomplished, what we could have done better, and what changed in our lives and the world around us. This kind of introspection and reflection is obviously a good thing. It makes us more grateful for what we’ve gained and allows us to learn from our mistakes. Throughout the… Read more

December 29, 2017

When I was 12, I had an interesting habit: whenever I laid on my bed to sleep every night, I would reflect on my actions during the day and what mistakes I had made. I also made “plans” for the following day. So, when my teacher in school suggested to every student to do the same, it only then occurred to me that not everybody did my “mini review” every night. As I grew older, I let go of the… Read more

December 25, 2017

I always knew that I wanted to be an artist, ever since I was very young. It all started with competition with my brother. My relatives would give him children’s paint supplies for Christmas, and I would be envious. I wanted to have my own art supplies. I actually started drawing and writing when I was seven years old. My great-grandmother took care of my brother and I when my grandmother went to work. She lived in an apartment building… Read more

December 20, 2017

I know, I know. I’m not supposed to feel this way. Shirk, kufr, etc. I get it. And I know these are serious matters. But hear me out… This isn’t about theology. It’s not about commercialization or make-believe characters. It’s about a child’s innocent desire to celebrate and just have fun. I’ve noticed that in many Muslim homes, at least in the West, Eid is not the most exciting day of the year for children. But it should be. Yes,… Read more

December 16, 2017

This month, the writers of the Patheos Muslim Channel are opening up about their feelings on the “hot take,” a quick response to a current event, political debate or issues of the moment. I see people posting on social media, hiding behind their keyboards yet acting so tough, as they declare that Muslims never condemn terrorism. That is quite the contrary because most of us do, any chance we get. We post about it on social media, we talk about it… Read more

December 12, 2017

  I had just finished my physical therapy session in the afternoon and timed it perfectly to pick up the kids from school. Perfect timing or not, my pain level was high and my body stiff and sore from the poking and prodding. It was a twenty-minute drive from the therapist’s office to the school; not much, but too much for me, even with my cushion. The day reflected the essence of autumn; the sun shrouded behind clouds, leaving pools… Read more

December 8, 2017

My rose bush has died a thousand deaths, but it has always come back again. When it would be watered has always depended on my mood. Our yard went through a terrific drought in California. It was very costly to keep the sprinklers going. With the severe sun and heat, every blade of grass in our backyard died. But through the Mercy of Allah, a few roses survived and depended on me to water them. The rest of the yard… Read more

December 4, 2017

Written by Hosai Mojaddidi Marriage has its ups and downs, regardless of the religion or ethnicity of the spouses. Here are the basic “ABC’s” of a happy Muslim marriage: A) Allah: Make the pleasure of Allah ﷻ the central focus as well as purpose of your marriage. B) Blame: Be fair and honest when assigning blame and always start with yourself first. C) Compromise: If you’re not willing to compromise then you’re being selfish. Selfish people don’t have happy marriages. D)… Read more

November 30, 2017

(This is part three of a series on adoption. Read part one here and part two here.) Earlier this year, I began my journey of finding out more about Muslim foster and adoptive parents. It seems like this topic isn’t spoken about much, so the first thing I did was figure out how Muslims in America usually adopt children, and why they decide to do so. I also got some insight into what their experiences are like as adoptive and foster parents. You… Read more

November 27, 2017

Written by Anonymous Members of the American middle class are raised in a nation of strivers, a nation founded on the right to pursue happiness. Their discontent is “productive.” It gets things done. The drive to do better pulls them through graduate school and up career ladders, through salary negotiations and gym sessions. Claiming dissatisfaction with the status quo is just something everyone does. Everyone is trained in the West to strive for More, Better, New, and Now. “Think Different”… Read more

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