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On Excess

By Meltem Baykaner The day of Eid al-Adha last year was happily spent with my husband’s side of the family. With the men in one room of my brother-in-law’s house and we women in the other, we laughed as the children bounced around us excitedly, concentrating on one of the activities thoughtfully set up for […]

Last Ramadan

My wife says that this could be her last Ramadan.  I protest saying it could be, but it could also be mine, and it could be anyone else’s, and that no one is guaranteed anything, anyway.   This is half-hearted and she knows it.  We do indeed all know that we are going to die […]

Allah is Greater

By Aisha Shahnaz It is drizzling outside and the raindrops gently fall against my window. Though it is raining, the sunlight has remained undiminished during the downpour, leaving an ethereal landscape that is caught temporarily between sunlight and rain. God’s mercy pours down upon us this Ramadan, this month caught somewhere between who we were […]

Ex Nihilo – From Nothing

By Zaheen Uddin   Sitting here, waiting, waiting for epiphany to strike. Thinking in reflection, sinking in perplexion Mind winds up, thoughts line up, time winds down understanding hikes Sensation is in elation, reverberation in air particles’ perception Suddenly everything is in slow motion. Because logic, reasoning and problem-solving ability Are clearer than a summer […]

Staying Physically Energized During Ramadan

By Noor Hani Salem With Ramadan in the midst of summer this year, we need nothing more than hydration and good eating habits to keep us going. However, Ramadan is not only about omitting food and drink from sunrise to sunset. It’s not about sleeping all day and waking up an hour before sunset to […]

I Want to Fast, But I’m Anemic

By Dr. Nisha AbdulCader Question: I am a sister who is anemic, and fasting is pretty difficult for me. Sometimes, I have a tough time getting out of bed, and I often feel dizzy when I get up. I think I have low blood pressure too, and I feel weak and light-headed sometimes. I want to […]

Checkpoints of Faith: Where do you Stand?

By Accepted Whispers About six months ago, I had just finished praying Fajr (dawn prayer) and decided to recite some Qur’an. Craving attention and appreciation from the right place this time, I remembered reading somewhere that the angels witness morning recitation. I gently flipped through the pages of my Qur’an and started recitation from where […]

Want to Know What Ramadan’s Really About?

By Tanima Mim Hossain So, what is the first thing you think about when you hear the word “Ramadan”? Oof…Fasting, sleeping all day, yummy iftars (meals to break the fast), and you can be sure that everyone—and I mean everyone—knows what time maghrib (sunset) is. In fact, it is probably the only prayer time people […]

The Spirit of Modesty

By Usman Siddiqui Many Muslims – myself included — often forget about the spirit of Islam in matters of law and worship. For instance, do we not recite 114 times in the Qur’an, “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” – should this not, then, be the spirit with which all our actions […]

Give and Take?

By Chad Earl 6 Questions Before Giving Advice and 4 Tips to Take It Part 1: Intro We often hear and read that giving advice to our brothers and sisters is a critical part of our faith1 . “Ad-din An-naseeha: Religion is sincerity”2 is often quoted to remind us of the importance of giving sincere […]

Breathe and Believe

By Zahra Belal   Sometimes life takes such a turn that the very earth beneath our feet is shaken. We scramble around blindly to make sense of what is happening to us. In doing so, we pass from stages of shock, denial, incontrollable grief to acceptance or numbness. Despite all our courage, we are at times […]

A Muslim’s Guide to Traveling

By Hiba Khan “To travel is to live.”– Hans Christian Andersen It was around this time last year that I traveled to Tanzania, on my first trip to the African continent. After seeing the stars shine on the other side of the world, I have never been the same since. It was a journey that […]

The Four Seasons

By Maham Masood An elder relative once said to me, “There’s joy in remembrance.” At the naive age of 10, I assumed he meant having lived a life that’s full of good memories. Upon reflection now, I think he meant it in a different context. I think he meant the joy in doing dhikr, remembrance of Allah (subhanahu […]

Why Materialism Doesn’t Cut it: Muslims and Permaculture Design

By Giovanni Galluzzo The Stage is Set Humanity has collectively submitted to the idea that the highest aims are material wealth and technological advancement. This philosophy of economic materialism is what shapes the infrastructure and technology of our societies and such infrastructure and technology set the boundaries within which we must operate. Furthermore, the means or […]

10 Steps to Acing Your Exams: Aim Higher

By Abid Mohammed 10 Steps to Acing Your Exams: I  This article is the first in a series entitled “10 Steps to Acing Your Exams,” in which I hope to extract gems from traditional Islamic sources that would be of benefit to students struggling to revise for their exams. 1. Aim Higher The Prophet ﷺ (peace be upon […]

The Church on the Hill

By Fatima Siwaju As a Muslim woman living in Trinidad and Tobago, I’m used to standing out. At school, I was amongst a handful of students who wore the hijab (headcovering) and yet, I never felt insecure about my appearance. I took dance classes, played the steel pan, participated in debates, and played cricket, all in […]

Lessons from Lyndon: What the Muslim Community Can Learn from the President’s Mistakes

By Salman Khan Lyndon B. Johnson, our 37th President, sought to establish the Great Society. It was his vision for the future of America, a place filled with equality not only racially, but economically and socially. It entailed the passing of one of the most ambitious and comprehensive programs the country had ever seen, comparable […]

A Wounded Heart

By Maria Karim The sudden dreadful crying and screaming woke Zainab up. She lay on her bed, burying her face into the pillow, trying hard to block out the growing noise coming from the other room. It had hardly been two hours since she had cried herself to sleep. Her tender heart started pounding against […]

Not Just a Mother

By Marwa Abdalla I remember the joy I felt when my first-born daughter was born. The joy I felt when I saw her first smile, heard her first laugh, and watched her learn to crawl and then walk. Indescribable joy. However, I also remember sitting up in bed after putting her to sleep with a […]

Miles to Go Before We Sleep

By Aisha Shahnaz Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” is an all too familiar poem, inscribed in many literature collections and often required reading in certain English classes. In sixteen lines of poetry, Frost portrays a contemplative narrator traveling through a quiet winter landscape who stops briefly to watch the woods […]