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Shirin Ebadi: First Muslim Woman Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“Whenever women protest and ask for their rights, they are silenced with the argument that the laws are justified under Islam. It is an unfounded argument. It is not Islam at fault, but rather the patriarchal culture that uses its own interpretations to justify whatever it wants.”         -Shirin Ebadi When we think about Nobel Peace…

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Ramadan Productivity Boosters

It goes without saying that the summer season is the best time to celebrate Ramadan. Despite the long hours of fasting and the heat, we are given much more time to make the most out of the month than we would if Ramadan were during the school year. Unfortunately, many of us are still faced…

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Don’t Wait To Change

The best month of the year is about to greet us again. A month that is endlessly filled with blessings, peace, and mercy — a month that not only strips our bodies, but our souls, from the superficial attachments that it clings to on a daily basis. Ramadan is no doubt the month that many…

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Think Not of Creation, but the Creator

Straight. Uncomplicated. Simple. If I had to describe my relationship with God in three words, these would be it. A couple of years ago, I found myself struggling with a bad case of friendsickness (which is like homesickness, except that you miss your friends all the time). ‘Till this day, I’m still not sure how…

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The World is Falling Apart as We Point and Watch

“The world is on the verge of a nuclear-meltdown. Japan is inside-out. Civilians are being killed in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen. The Palestinians are still being starved while shot at. Pakistan and Australia are trying to recover from devastation. But lets all turn our attention to some 13 year-old wanna be pop star with no…

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Our Iman Fluctuates, But Don’t Give Up!

“Prophet Muhammad (SAW)  taught us that Faith is never static. It increases and decreases, or waxes and wanes. It is our responsibility to assess where our faith is, and make it our duty to constantly work towards improving it.”1 It is a sunny, yet chilly Wednesday morning, as I sit inside one of my university’s…

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The Prophet’s Reaction to the Revelation

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was taken aback by the sudden appearance of a divine figure (Angel Gabriel) who delivered him his first revelation. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) slowly repeated the verses to Angel Gabriel and at once, the Angel was gone. Hardly comprehending what had happened to him, the Prophet (SAW) rushed back to his wife Khadijah…

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Art and Literature During the Golden Age

The Islamic Golden Age may be recognized for its remarkable advancements in science and technology, but that doesn’t mean those were the only fields that prospered during this time. Literature and the arts grew to staggering heights as classic works arose and beautiful innovative designs were produced. The Golden Age began to give Islamic art…

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The Abbasid Era

The Abbasid Caliphate (750 C.E. – 1528 C.E.) is not only known as the third of the Caliphates in the Islamic Empire, but as one of the most influential and educative periods in history. It was a golden time marked by incredible advancements in the sciences and arts, advancements that were probably never deemed possible….

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True Friendship

From Qisas.com A person came crying and weeping to Shaikh Shiblee and said, ‘O Shaikh, I have destroyed myself; make supplication for me that may Allah (SWT) take me away from this world.’ People whose relationship with Allah (SWT) is strong will never ever dream of committing suicide. Those people who enjoy the pleasures of…

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Are You A Carrot, An Egg, Or A Coffee Bean?

From Qisas.com A certain daughter complained to her father about her life and how things have been so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and she wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that just as one problem was solved another…

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Supplication: the Weapon of the Believer

In the fast-paced, demanding world of today, we often find ourselves in tight situations, and it is in these situations that we are in need of many things. Problem is, we don’t do anything to achieve them. We may sit around and dream about that new car, or the money that we long to earn,…