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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York after terrorists crashed two planes into the towers causing both to collapse. The government is preparing to release a once-classified chapter of a congressional report about the attacks of Sept. 11, that questions whether Saudi nationals who helped the hijackers with things like finding apartments and opening bank accounts knew what they were planning. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday July 15, 2016, that the release of the 28-page chapter is "imminent.” (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

Mourn for 9/11, but Please Mourn for the Rest of the World Too

You woke up today. Brushed your teeth. Prayed. Got dressed for work/school. Maybe even rolled back into bed. It was a normal day today. Until you looked at a calendar. Put on a hijab. Said good morning to your non-Muslim colleagues. Classmates. Friends. We all know the frustrated, heart-aching feeling of waking up Muslim every year on Sept….

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If You Are Silent About Charlottesville, I’m Calling You Out

To my friends who continue to remain silent over xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia and particularly racism in light of recent events (i.e. this “Unite the White” rally), I see you. Your reticence and neutrality show carelessness and, frankly, an opposition to human equality, decency and justice. To my friends that have a brief idea about what…

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[UPDATE] Charlottesville: ‘Unite the White’ Rally Erupts in Violence as 3 Killed, 34 Injured

Cities around the country (including New Orleans, La., Orlando, Fla., Charlottesville, Va., and St. Louis, Mo.) have continued taking action in removing confederate monuments from public spaces. Although New Orleans, La., has been the most prominent city to remove memorials of Confederate soldiers, Charlottesville remains as a hot spot for white nationalists to protest against removing,…

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5 Popular Arabic Words You Should Know

In a melting pot of culture, words of different languages are frequently picked up and used as slang amidst our colloquial tongues. (Think: Drake saying “its a habibi ting” on his song, “Portland.”) So that you’re not left out of the loop, Muslim Girl is here to translate and explain some basic Arabic words that may be used…

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Memorial for Nabra Hassanen Set Ablaze in Washington D.C.

Earlier this week, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was abducted and murdered in Fairfax County, V.A., after leaving a mosque, a tragedy that triggered gatherings of large groups of individuals all around the country to honor the young teenager through organized vigils, prayers and memorials. At 8:30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 21, officials responded to a fire call…

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The Killer of Philando Castile Was Acquitted by a Jury

On Friday, June 16, Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted on the charges of manslaughter and two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. Does his name sound vaguely familiar to you? It should. They want you to forget what happened. The world openly watched Officer Yanez shoot and kill 32-year-old school cafeteria supervisor,…

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Is Taraweeh 8 Or 20 Raka’ahs?

Aside from personal preferences (distance, community involvement, etc.), some individuals choose mosques to attend depending on how long they take to pray Taraweeh. If you’re like me, you’ve questioned the significance of raka’ah numbers for this universal Ramadan prayer. May we refrain from arguing about the number of raka’ahs and, rather, focus on the importance of…

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5 Reasons Not to Quit Taraweeh Prayers

Do you get bloated or feel too full to move after breaking iftar? Do you prefer to save time washing the dishes instead of attending Taraweeh? Do you have children that make it seem impossible to focus on your imaan and prayers? Did you attend Taraweeh the first few nights of Ramadan but found yourself reaching exhaustion, fatigue…

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This Organization Is Gathering All Muslim Artists!

Gathering All Muslim Artists, or GAMA, is one of our favorite, essential non-profit organizations. Defying the social taboo of art expression, GAMA aims to (literally) gather ALL Muslim artists in an effort to empower and support a community of underrepresented virtuosos. This magic happens by creating a network of Muslim artists, initiating ongoing opportunities for exposure through exhibits…

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How to Pray, Part 3: Maghreb (Sunset Prayer)

Read about Part 1: Fajr, or Subuh, here.  Read about Part 2: Dhuhr, Asr, Isha, here. For an alternate guide, click here.    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you). This post will be part three of a series on how to pray the five obligatory salats…

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5 Women Scholars in Islam You Should Know

This time of the year is when many of us, including myself, spend hours on the internet educating ourselves on Islam and Islamic rulings. The most frustrating thing I encountered as a youth was the lack of scholars out there that represented me. Without a doubt, I respected them nonetheless. Rather, I longed to see…

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How to Pray, Part 2: Dhuhr, Asr, Isha

Read about Part 1: Fajr, or Subuh, here.  For an alternate guide, click here.    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you). This post will be part two of a series on how to pray the five obligatory salats in Islam. Today, we will be focusing…