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A History of Color

Only a few short weeks ago, the view outside of my window was awash in riveting color. A vivid blue sky framed a dazzling foreground of yellow-gold trees; the wispy outlines of the Rocky Mountains loomed in the distance. The airy blueness of the sky, the fiery brightness of the leaves, and the solid, imperturbable […]

The Enemy Within: The House That Ego Built

It is very difficult to read the headlines and not cringe at the endless parade of Muslim misdemeanors and the constant criticism. Some might say it has unnerved us; it has jarred us; it has shaken us; it has gotten to us. It may have gotten to us a very long time ago, starting with […]

Ramadan Reminder

There was one Ramadan a few years ago which I know I will never forget. It was my second Ramadan in a university setting and I loved the way it brought the Muslim student community closer: communal iftars, the increased number of people coming to pray their daily prayers, the heightened sense of togetherness and […]

Slumdogs of Suburbia

Most people are aware of the hullabaloo being made over a recent film called ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Although, generally, television can be regarded as a mind-numbing exercise and movie-going a pointless pastime, I thought that this particular movie and its resulting success has a special significance for Muslims living in the First World, if not all […]

A Tale of Two Sisters

We went to the same school, this one girl and I We were both Muslim, but had never said ‘hi’ She hung out with a different crowd, the ones that were cool The ones that were popular and had the attention at school They had the clothes, the hair and the television smiles That cars […]

Ramadan Reminder – Death

There was one Ramadan a few years ago, during my undergraduate years, that I know I will not forget as long as I live. It was my second Ramadan in a university setting, and I loved the way it brought the Muslim student’s community closer: communal iftars, the numbers of people coming to pray their […]

The Truth About War

“If the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make; when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in a battle, shall join together at the latter day, and cry all ‘We died at such a place;’ some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives […]

Immaculate

Ordinary eye of mine prying into deepening sky Alas, you cannot see an end to the sprawling ether, Like you cannot see an end to the Lord’s mercy Lo, His mercy is beyond human meter And peer as you do closely at the sprawling galaxies manifest How you overlook the evident – as these lines […]

Let Us Sit Down and Believe For A While

So `Abdullah ibn Rawahah (RAA), whenever he met one of the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH), used to say, “Come, let us believe in our Lord for a while.” When the Prophet (PBUH) heard about this, he said, “May Allah have mercy on Ibn Rawahah, for he loves the gatherings that the angels feel proud […]