Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

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 […]

5 Tips To Rethink Women in Islam

I am described as a dynamic, assertive, energetic woman. As a teenager, I did not necessarily want Islam to be a piece of my rambunctious identity. I was loud, crazy and fun and I saw piety and religiosity as opposite my most prized traits. At fourteen, my family decided we would visit Mecca for a […]

Spotting People of the Qur’an

The Qur’an Series: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX This article has been edited from its original publication in 2009. We pray for the ease and success of the Egyptian people and all those seeking freedom and justice throughout the world. My parents were visiting me in Egypt. We flagged […]

Al-Maqbuheen: A Short Story

Originally published December 2012 Editor’s Note: This short story has been brought back for your enjoyment as it is one of the editorial staff’s favorite short stories. By Ayesha Nasir This is a fictional story which revolves around Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” poem. “Hey, Perce? Care to pass me that newspaper?” Bill asked, his eyes […]

The Puppy

Originally Published in October 2009 We had just finished dinner. A group of us American girls who were studying in Egypt had decided we would eat at a local restaurant and when we finished, we had twenty Egyptian pounds leftover from the pool of cash we had put together. Figuring out what to do with […]

Syria: A Call for Freedom

“Is everything ok, Jiddo (Grandpa)?”“Yes, Alhamdullilah (Praise be to God), everything is fine. We’re doing fine.” “Are you sure?” “Yes. There’s nothing here. We’re all doing fine. Send my greetings to everyone. Ma’asalama (Goodbye).” Click… Ask Syrian Americans about their conversations with relatives or friends back home and you’ll hear a similar story. Decades of […]

Revolutionary Thoughts

  “The fact is that God will not change the reality of a people until they change themselves.” It is apparent to anyone who keeps up with world news these days that Muslims are standing up against oppression and tyranny. During my stay in Egypt, I can remember secretly conversing with some good friends I […]

Global Call: Qiyam for Libya & the Oppressed

Assalamu `alaykum, Just ten days ago, we saw Hosni Mubarak step down from as president of Egypt. A few weeks before that, Tunisian president Ben Ali fled his country in the face of burgeoning protests by his people. Today, these popular movements have spilled over into Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Algeria. While these events fill […]

Part I: 8 Reflections from an American Student in Cairo

Part I | Part II Wednesday, February 3, 2011 I write this message on the first day of being back in America having traveled from Cairo. It was with an incredibly heavy heart that I had to leave. When the protests started and the situation was uncertain, my husband and I had to make a […]

Shaykh Abdul Maqsood’s Ruling on the Events in Egypt

By Shaykh Abdul Maqsood | Translated by Ibrahim Hindy Since the events in Egypt unfolded, many of us have been waiting to hear what the scholars of Egypt think about the demonstrations. Alhamdulillah, today (after the internet was turned on in Egypt) some of the voices of the scholars have emerged. Below I have translated […]

Update from Our Neighbor, Shaykh of a Masjid in Cairo

Assalamu `alaykum, Jamaal (my husband) just spoke to our neighbor, who is the Shaykh on our street in Egypt. Subhan’Allah, he said this Friday was the first time in his life he was able to say whatever he wanted in his khutbah. Two million people were at Tahrir Square and the thugs were more brutal […]

Message from Cairo – Imam Suhaib Webb

BismilLah al-Rahman al-Raheem | In the name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Dear brothers and sisters in humanity, I write to you from the honorable city of Cairo. Cairo is a city where, from one block to another, you will encounter thousands of years of history. The city is now witnessing another historic […]

Set the Trend!

I just got off the phone with Umm Abdullah. “Wallahi, ehna mutaaban khaalis – We’re so, so tired,” she told me. Umm Abdullah is the wife of a bawab (apartment keeper) of the old apartment building in Egypt I used to live in. They have four kids, three of whom are under the age of […]

A Small Reflection on Fruits

Alhamdulillah we’ve been in Egypt for a month and three days. I just wanted to share something I was thinking about – a small reflection that will probably make you laugh. One thing that I have noticed is that the fruit back home (and North America in general) tastes like paper compared to the delicious produce […]

State of the Ummah Address

Last weekend I entered an Islamic bookstore and took a deep breath, indulging in the sweet smell of new books. I love to read so much, and being in that doorway put my heart at ease. I walked to the nearest shelf and began sifting through all the books, wishing, for a second, that I […]