FIBA Allows Competitors to Wear Headscarves. Finally.

Muslim female basketball players made history today after months of petitioning the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to allow athletes to wear headgear for religious purposes. The federation announced today that FIBA’s first-ever Mid-Term Congress unanimously ratified the FIBA Central Board’s decision for a new rule that will allow players to wear headgear as of Oct. 1,…


What the First #MuslimWomensDay Meant to Me

“Go back home now,” the virtual troll on Twitter screamed  in caps. I was told that America did not celebrate a day for Muslim women. That I did not belong here. This invisible person hiding behind a keyboard somewhere believed that he or she has the right to exist, but not me. Because a month ago,…

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How This Latina Muslim Survived Domestic Violence & Became a Shero

When Lisandra Jimenez crumbled in the bedroom sobbing in fear of her life from an abusive husband, her 3-year-old son came wiping her tears whispering, “Mama’s okay? Mama’s okay?” That’s when she realized it’s time to protect her three boys by moving away from the violent marriage that lasted a bit too long. “I was a…


The US Definition of Honor Killing Is Hypocritical & Racist

Honor is a fuzzy, funny concept. Its meaning is constructed differently when applied to contrasting bodies: supreme white humans versus Muslim brown flesh. The former signifies American patriotism at its finest. Whereas the latter typifies Muslim men as brutal savages who are blood-thirsty. When white men get jealous, they commit murder. Just murder. When Muslim men…

A young Bahraini Shiite Muslim girl reads the Koran, Islam's holy book, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on July 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)

7 Lessons From the Quran to Survive Turbulent Times

He is not far away. He is watching over you. Place your fingers on the side of your neck. Do you feel a pulse? Allah ﷻ says in the Quran that He is closer to you than that vein you felt pumping blood into your body (50:16). Can you imagine the magnitude of this bond?…