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From an Arranged Marriage to Deep Love

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Here is an inspiring narrative of a woman who was married through an arranged marriage, who grew to love her husband with passion and compassion, and who was there for him—as he was there for her—through the thick and thin of […]

Think You’ve Failed? Think Again.

She felt a knot in her stomach. Her husband was about to come home from the fajr (pre-dawn) prayer, and once again, there was no food. She was upset for him, considering how hard he worked and all the responsibilities he had, and upset at how helpless she was. But they had no food. He […]

A Light From God

This narrative took place about six years ago. This is a repost from 2008 with some general modifications. Within five minutes of class I began to feel angry at myself. I had an exam to move on to the next level in Arabic within the hour, and I had not spent enough time studying. I […]

Love: It’s What’s Missing

There is this uneasy feeling that I often get after being friendly with someone. It’s a feeling based on many experiences of misunderstanding and mistaken intentions. It is that uneasy feeling of fearing that my kindness and compassion will be mistaken as flirtation or affection by the person standing in front of me. But here’s […]

Can Muslims be Friends with non-Muslims?

A while back I visited the clubhouse of my apartment complex. While in the lobby, I noticed some young Arab-American brothers going into the pool area. So I looked out there and saw a whole group of guys with their hookahs, “chillin’” with the ladies in their bikinis, and other guys with their beer! Frustrated, […]

Erdoğan, AKP and their victory in the Turkish Municipal Elections

After the mainstream media reported for the past year how the Turkish people were supposedly all but openly revolting against current Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it’s hilarious how they aren’t even reporting that his Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), “Justice and Development Party” won the recent municipal elections in Turkey. I have a few thoughts […]

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 […]

Will They Say Yes?

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Some of us may fear something that sets us apart from others may be the reason they would not consider us for marriage. This story shows us that what makes us truly unique is the characteristic which can draw someone to love us. […]

First Say Thanks, Then Gain Wisdom

Lecture by Suhaib Webb | Transcribed by Fuseina Mohamad Surat Luqman, Qur’an 31: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V The next part of the ayah (verse) continues with أَنِ اشْكُرْ‌ لِلَّـهِ .  The word أن (an that/to) is called أن تفسيرية (an tafsireeyyah). That means that there is something going on that is not stated in the […]

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 […]

Is the West Inherently Un-Islamic?

Islamophobia is very real in this post 9/11 world—no one with objective ears and eyes can deny that there is a massive campaign to distort or vilify mainstream Islam and Muslims. Unfortunately, a segment of the population doesn’t see it as bias propaganda; rather they take it as exposing information regarding the inherent evil of […]

When was the Last Time you Witnessed a Miracle? Al-Hayyiy

Names of Allah Series:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII | Part XXIX | Part XXX | Part XXXI | Part XXXII | Part XXXIII | Part XXXIV | Part XXXV […]

The Love Letter

Glimpses of Marital Bliss: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Many of us have taken someone in our lives for granted. Sometimes that person has caused us anguish, yet we underestimate how much we love them and how much we would miss them if they were no longer with us. […]

Hook Up with the Quran, Allah Will Hook You Up

Originally published in April 2010. Part I | Part II Veiled from sight, a young woman walked down the streets of Cairo, reciting Qur’an to herself and thinking about her goals. She loved the Qur’an and was passionate about studying and teaching it. She wanted to move to Saudi Arabia where she knew of Qur’anic […]

Sinners Anonymous

A while back I had the opportunity to be in a setting in which I could sit and listen to a woman who was a recovering alcoholic, as well as the head of an Alcoholics Anonymous group. As the woman, who had struggled through tough times to make it out of the dark tunnel, was […]

The Cost of a Home in Paradise

Syrian Chronicles:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI 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 Issra Fridays were holy days and […]

To Be a Seeker of Miracles

By Lusana Ahsan I am a believer in miracles. Yes, I was a chemistry major in college. I saw and still see this world as a conglomeration of atoms and molecules that follow the precise laws of nature in a symphony that defies the notion of miracles. I am in a profession where treatment must […]

The Concealer of Faults

By Aïcha Bounaga In a previous article about God as as-Samad written by Jinan Bastaki, we were reminded that the qualities of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) were often to be linked to other qualities, and that thinking that way unfolded new perspectives. If we praise Allah (swt) by calling him al-Ghafûr, for […]

Staying Focused by PRAYing

By Marwa Abdalla I remember the last time it happened to me. I was driving my daughter to preschool, something I do several times a week. Traffic was heavy and I was preoccupied. Deep in thought, I drove amidst the hundreds of cars on the highway and suddenly, or maybe it was after several minutes, […]