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9 Female Qur’an Reciters Who Uplift Us

With Ramadan fast approaching, many of us are seeking to deepen our connection with the Qur’an. We want it to remove our sorrows, to lighten our hearts, to heal our worries, and to strengthen our bond with The Most-Merciful, the Most-Loving, The Creator of all that is seen and unseen. These female reciters offer inspiration…

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How Halima Aden’s Hijab Story Inspired My Own Hijab Journey

After two years abroad, I returned with hopes of ease. Day dreams produced glimmers of comfortable conversations lacking in cultural complexities. Like a lifelong friend, I embraced my home again, longing to avoid sideways glances, puzzled looks, and the flagrant whispers which effortlessly follow foreigners as they stumble through life’s daily song and dance. With…

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Poem: “I Can’t Breathe”

“I can’t breathe.” His words we hear their truth yet not all hearts are moved “I can’t breathe.” His soul has left us and taken with it humanity’s “I can’t breathe.” “I can’t breathe.” “I can’t breathe.” Our brothers and sisters are not safe what will you do to cease this hate?

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Meet Pakistan’s Star Figure Skater

At just five years old, Mallak Faisal Zafar began training as a figure skater in Pakistan. A lack of adequate facilities eventually led her family to Dubai, where she currently resides. Now at 12-years-old, Zafar has her first international title. Last year, at the 24th International Eiscup Innsbruck 2019 (Nov. 22-24), she placed first in…

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POEM: The Fabric That Defines Me

This poem is an ode to the headscarf, a fabric that has been heavily policed and debated, yet represents autonomy for many Muslim women. Who am I to you? Terrorist. Oppressed. Confined. Restricted. Hidden. Imprisoned. Controlled. The fabric which envelopes me, a welcome friend, a haven. Unnerves and offends. This barrier restricts myself to you….

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Poem: Nora

Author’s note: This poem is a reflection on the significance of daughters in Islam, and how children are signs of divine love. The poem is named for my own daughter, and is one reason why we named her “Nora.” Her name was chosen as an indicator of Allah’s blessings being showered upon us like a…

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5 Beautiful Lessons From Surah Maryam

The nineteenth surah, or chapter, of the Qur’an can provide immense strength and hope to those experiencing hardships, trials of faith, or disappointments. Surah Maryam is filled with wisdom for Muslims seeking to strengthen their relationship with Allah. The following are five takeaways from this inspiring chapter to illuminate your spiritual journey toward connection and understanding. 1….