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The Torchbearers of Islam

Every family has that shelf in the living room or family room or basement that’s home to a row of books collecting dust. Whether it’s a story from childhood the family thoroughly enjoyed and forgot about, or a crisp unopened gem straight out of the Amazon packaging — we’ve all got some books stacked away on…

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A Secret Garden, A Beautiful Sign

Remember that old game from elementary and middle school? “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing _____.” One person fills in the blank with a food that begins with the letter A, say apples. The next person adds an item beginning with the letter B, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing apples…

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There’s Always a Way to Pray

It’s happened to all of us: You’re on a lunch date with friends, at a sporting event, sitting in class, or putting in hours at work and it’s time for prayer. You’re not in the comfort of your own home or at the mosque — you’re in a public place with no designated area to…

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Refocus Your Time on Faith

During the semester, it’s quite easy to get swamped with a bunch of classes and drown in a heavy workload. Readings and papers, exams and quizzes. Extracurricular activities, events, family, friends, and sleep. It’s a lot to organize and schedule. One very important item is missing from that list: religion. I’ve been guilty of this…

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How to Not Study for Finals

It’s that wonderful time of the year when the weather finally gets warm enough to wear single layers and sandals, when it’s finally time to pull out the sunglasses and drive around with the windows down. When it’s finally time to… that’s right, study for finals. The week of my Sociology 101 exam was a…

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Banning Hijab is not Secularism

Can banning a piece of cloth from public institutions demonstrate a government’s secularism? Some people seem to think so, but I can’t understand how. Recently, The New York Times reported the Stavropol region in Russia banned headscarves from government schools. Journalist Ellen Barry quotes Marina Savchenko, a school director: “This is an institution. Secular attire…

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You’ve Got Game, Why Not Show It?

Have you ever heard a successful person say, “Confidence is key!” when she’s asked how she accomplished such-and-such a feat? I know I have, and that’s NOT an easy thing to hear when confidence isn’t embedded in your system. It’s tough seeing the go-getters around you rise to the top, take chance after chance, grab…