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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 […]

Lessons on a Journey by Train

By Syed Hanzala Rahman It was 2:30 PM when we reached Bandra Terminus, Mumbai. Fifteen minutes back, we had come to know that our ticket to New Delhi (19 hours away) had not been confirmed, which meant that we would have to look for new tickets. There were three of us, about to leave for […]

The Significance of Emotions in Islam

By Tarek Younis Emotion: an often-neglected, yet significant component of our psychological configuration Our psychological configuration consists of several components, all of which are interrelated: The spiritual component, as we say the fitrah, which naturally predisposes us with an inclination towards God and good. The cognitive component, which assumes all types of mental processes we […]

For the Sake of Allah

By Ismahan Abdullahi There was a time when words spoken were binding contracts; pledges held and honored, where an individual would act as a testimony to his character.  Speech was not just words of folly, but rather true and honest communication between individuals. Often times we utter words heedlessly without realizing the impact it has on […]

The Pressure to Look ‘Right’

By Maryam Sakeenah In her article The Balancing Act of Being Female, Lisa Wade discusses the daily-battle women face in their struggles to conform to the expectations of an over-sexualized society. From dress to demeanor, all is sized up and judged for social appropriacy; when being flirty is appealing, and what crosses the line into ‘asking […]

I Promise.

By Nabila Z Most of us, we never really intend to break a promise when we make one. That’s why it is a promise in the first place; a confirmation to someone of a future action we pledge to do. A verbal guarantee. As children, we grow up learning about keeping promises from our parents, […]

Parent Trap

By Samah Out of the blue one day, as we were walking to a meeting, my boss turned around and asked, “So, what are your plans for the near future?” When he saw the puzzled look on my face he continued “…you know, don’t you want to move out and live on your own? Don’t […]

Let Your Actions Be Your Child’s Teacher

By Dr. Parisa S. Popalzai It’s ancient wisdom that our actions speak louder than our words—or when it comes to our children, our screaming.  As parents, most of us are seeking advice on best parenting tips so that our children listen to us and follow our values and ideals. However, time and again we are […]

Gay Muslims—the Elephants in the (Prayer) Room

WebbStaff Note I: This is a controversial issue with varying perspectives. Our guest author is expressing one perspective; we encourage others to respectfully discuss their own perspective in the comments or submit your thoughts as a guest piece. This article is meant to open up a discussion on this issue, rather than be a definitive […]

Broken Pieces of Clay and Pottery: A Lesson in Humanity

By Farhia Yahya I was once walking along a narrow but busy street in Cairo when ahead of me was a donkey-cart laden with handmade pottery and clay utensils. It belonged to an old man who had been walking slowly beside it, and trying to sell whatever he could to make an income. He walked […]

Don’t Leave the Mountain

Dear Brother, I have known you since you were a teenager, and I have witnessed you bloom beautifully. When I saw you around friends and people in the community, and saw how steadfast on the deen (religion) you were, you reminded me of how Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (glorified is He) protected Musa and brought […]

This Tree

By Abid Mohammed “Daddy!” I said. “Yes, son?” my father replied. “Why do people only work five days a week and not seven?” I asked. “Well, because most people need a break from all the hard work that they…” “But why?” I asked again. “If you’ll just let me finish, I’ll tell you wh..” “But […]

Will Marriage Solve My Problems?

By Ubah After engaging more with the Muslim community through activities like da`wah (calling to Islam), conferences, and halaqat (study circles), I have observed something intriguing: there seems to be a fascination—even obsession—with the topic of marriage. Regardless of whether a particular lecture is dedicated to something other than gender relations, the topic of marriage somehow […]

Qur’an – The Centripetal Force

By Mehreen Omer Life has always been a mystery for me; it is an enigma perhaps no one can solve. But one thing that I’ve been able to discern from my life is that the Qur’an keeps your life in order. The longer and the further you go away from it, the greater the chance […]

A Moment in Black History

The Legacy of The Hon. Elijah Muhammad By Imam Ivan G. Nassar This article was submitted as a part of the “Expressions of the African American Muslim Experience” call for submissions. “Yes, today the Muslims are in all the major cities of America, and if you look around in the smaller cities you will find […]

I’m Better Than You

Transcribed by Abdul Alim Abdullah The following story is an extract from ibn al-Jawzī’s Ocean of Tears. It has been related through some reports that there was a man who was from amongst the Islāmic jurists of Baghdād. He was a source of knowledge and authority for the people in addition to being a great […]

It’s Not Just a Green Card

By Yeasmines “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah knows, while you know not.” (Qur’an, 2:216) These are the verses that eventually shaped the very nature of my existence with my Creator and the struggles He […]

The New Muslim

By Muhammad Daniel I was born from an act of idealism To a world where ideals are sold I looked for the way to be muslim Got confused with what I was told Each group claimed to be on the right path Citing strong evidences to prove But my heart found no peace with this […]

The 7 Goals for a Productive Day—Surah Fatiha

By Sana Gul Waseem We all want to have a productive day. We strive hard in figuring out our interests and potential and learn to manage that precious commodity, time. We set goals and develop strategies to accomplish them. Now, the point to ponder is, are these “goals” really aimed at gaining the Pleasure of […]

Seeing the Clouds Move

By Ubah When I was younger, I took many things for face value: leaves were green, fire burned, candy tasted yummy, and perfume smelled nice. I don’t remember ever questioning why certain things were the way they were—in depth at least—and I just sort of accepted whatever I perceived as being the ultimate truth. Which is why, […]