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Al-Ghazāliī on the Secrets of Fasting

By Rami Koujah To claim that the act of fasting is more than mere abstention from food, drink, and intimacy with one’s spouse is a cliché. Despite being aware of this, for many of us, the daylight hours of Ramadan remain drawn-out moments of thirst and hunger. Certainly many of us feel the spiritual ecstasy […]

Why is Paradise Under Her Feet? Mothers as Leaders

WebbStaff Note: There were edits made to avoid any possible interpretation of an affront against Abu Sufyan, Hind, and Mu`awiyah (ra) as this was not the author’s intent; nor is this an accepted opinion by the scholars of this site. – By Parisa S. Popalzai, PhD One day I was speaking with a mother of […]

Wasting Food: A Personal Ramadan Pledge

By Nada Shawish How much of your food goes to waste? In my house, we don’t mean to, but I know that we’ve wasted food, and we’ve wasted too much. According to The National Resource Defense Council, 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten—that’s nearly $165 billion each year in food that […]

Ethics of Fashion

By Abu Nusaybah If you did not know that people are being oppressed by the processes that deliver our fashion, now you do. The recent tragedy of a factory collapse in Bangladesh that resulted in over a thousand lives lost was not the first to take place, nor is Bangladesh the only country wherein such […]

Living in a War Zone: Syria

Syrian Chronicles: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V In this series, Syrian refugees share their stories of being displaced as a result of the current atrocities occurring in that region. All accounts are factual, but may be written by a family member or a friend.   By Joud It […]

A Prophetic Response to Immigration Reform: A Muslim Perspective

By Dustin Craun On a scorching hot summer day in the summer of 2002, I was in the desert on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico walking around a newly developing neighborhood made up of electrical wires running on the ground and brick houses . I stared at the militarized border fence demarcating a line […]

Praying with the Ants

By Umm Muhemmed There just isn’t enough space. The mosque is overflowing with people. Tarps are being spread to accommodate the mass of worshipers. Men are pouring out to the front of the mosque and the women are…waiting. Finally someone gestures to a brother to find something suitable for the waiting women. The women spread […]

On Call: The Trials of Being a Muslim Doctor during Ramadan

by Ahmed Zaafran Originally published in August 2010 With Ramadan rapidly approaching, the time has come to prepare mentally, spiritually, and physically for one of the most important times of the year in Islam. The month of Ramadan comes at the height of summer this year, bringing unique challenges. The focus of this particular article […]

Our Idiot Brother: 7 Things You May Not Know About Your Younger Sibling

By Abid Mohammed Disclaimer: This article is the first of a three part series looking at the wide array of relationships that younger siblings have and from different perspectives. The next article will focus on what younger siblings should know about their older siblings. “‘Joseph and his brother are more beloved to our father than […]

The Appeal of the Sīrah

By Rami Koujah The word “education” is derived from the Latin word “ēducātiō,” which means “a breeding, a bringing up, a rearing.”1 An education is an active engagement between teacher and student whereby the teacher is an intellectual (and/or spiritual) guide nurturing and maturing the student’s mind and spirit. However, an education is not complete without […]

Psychology, Islam & Self-Control

By Saadia Khan One of the things I like to do in my spare time is read psychology books. When I was about to complete my undergraduate degree—a double major in history and political science–I was informed by the registrar’s office that I was only two half-courses short of completing a minor in psychology. Apparently, […]

Coolness of the Eyes

By Ammarah Usmani We live in a world where most of us don’t really consider the home a peaceful haven or a sanctuary. To some, seeking refuge inside one’s home seems overrated, antisocial, and makes one seem reclusive and bereaved from the lively, rambunctious happenings of the outside world. Be it even somebody else’s home, […]

What If

By Talha Ghannam Note: The post was written a few months before traveling for Umrah. Alhamdulillah, having now completed the journey, I cannot emphasize enough how important preparation is to the journey. To remove oneself from the dunya (worldy life)and prepare for what lies ahead is essential. What will you say to your Lord and […]

From Aleppo to Sana’a

Syrian Chronicles: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V In this series, Syrian refugees share their stories of being displaced as a result of the current atrocities occurring in that region. All accounts are factual, but may be written by a family member or a friend.   By Mariam Khatib Every Syrian […]

On Terrorism, Muslimness, and the Boston Bombings

By Sunna Syed In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, there’s been a lot of talk about assimilation, in particular about the suspected perpetrators’ religiosity and prayer habits and in general about foreign immigration. I’d thus like to take a moment to clear something up. Muslimness does not make you a terrorist. I get it. […]

A Chaplain’s Plea

By Ibrahim J. Long Humanity has come a long way. Life was once simple: living on a farm with family in an agrarian economy or trading goods at a local market. Yet, today we live in a time where societal life has become increasingly complex, and this complexity has had a dramatic effect upon our […]

On the Subject of Al-Qur’an

by Askia Nasir Bilal   Its Words are ten stone slabs in the bosom piece Air mountain pegs holding my celestial body in place coral reef, beached whale bones bleached pale poems can’t touch the place its page reached “Read!” was the Word that squeezed free his rib cage The seed rooted and breathed branches […]

So Close, So Dear, So Intimate

By Omar Ead Come closer. It’s so plain, it could pass you by without realization; so dear, you could take it for granted; so intimate, you may only recognize it if you surrender your entire being.  “…We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein”(Qur’an 50:16).  If you want to understand you must listen, with […]

Syrian Chronicles

Syrian Chronicles: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V The Arab Spring ignited a fire of long overdue revolt fueled by years of oppression in all of its forms. It first pressed its embers into the hearts of the Tunisians; from there, many other countries followed. However, most unforeseen was the Syrian Revolution […]

A Marriage Mystery

By Meltem Baykaner I have recently reached that age. Many sisters will know the age that I am speaking of. It is an age not necessarily marked by a number, but rather recognised by the way you are treated… Having bounded through childhood, jumped the hurdles of adolescence and, alhamdulillah (praise be to God), somehow […]