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A Second Look at Islamic Schools

Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is to shed light on some overlooked positives of Islamic schools, not to claim that Islamic schools are a right fit for each child. Due diligence must be used by parents in determining whether their local Islamic school meets the needs of each of their children. In addition, no […]

The Benefits of Being Tested in Ramadan: A Personal Reflection

During this blessed month of Ramadan, quite a few calamities befell our community: a runaway teenager (who returned home safely, alhamdulilLah, praise be to God), a near-fatal car accident caused by an intoxicated driver and two emergency surgeries, all of which happened within the first 20 days of Ramadan.  In discussing the wave of trials, […]

What Really “Keeps Girls in Their Place”

Despite the unfortunate realities of abuse and oppression faced by Muslim women and non-Muslim women alike, women are an easy target for negative propaganda feeding anti-Islamic agendas. Having heard the old rhetoric on how “women in Islam are oppressed” and how the religion “forces women to stay at home,” it’s refreshing to hear a different […]

Put Your Best Face Forward

Think back to the last time you caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror when you were stressed.  Did you look approachable?  What message did you send to others around you with your distressed facial expressions?  What type of reaction did your family or co-workers have when they engaged with you while you were […]

The Pervasive Effects of Humility

“A spoonful of humility a day, keeps the ego away.”  Well, it’s not the original saying, but it sends a clear message.  Truly realizing the benefits of being humble can assist us in achieving success not only in this life, but also in the hereafter. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, to be humble is to not […]

Top 5 Reasons for Hijabophobia

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, there’s a new fear out there, and I call it “Hijabophobia.”  This irrational fear has crept into the subconscious of the unsuspecting all over the world.  What is the cause of such ill feelings against a simple piece of cloth? Below is an attempt to understand this phenomenon. The Most […]

Hijab: Fard (Obligation) or Fiction?

WebbStaff Note: Comments have been closed on this post. We encourage positive and fruitful discussions, which we feel has already taken place in the comments of this article. I am in a dilemma and need you to help me put things into perspective. It’s the age-old question of whether hijab is fard (mandatory) or not! […]

Unplug and Re-connect: How to Keep Families Connected During Technology Time-Outs

At the risk of aging myself, in the 90’s, the term “unplugged” referred to a show where artists musically entertained a small audience without the aid of electric instruments.  These days however, when families are encouraged to go “unplugged” they are persuaded to spend time together free of “electronic distractions” or as my older brother, […]