On the Ballot: Deb Haaland Could Be America’s Long-Awaited VP

With the 2024 Presidential Election looming, people are asking if President Biden intends to retain Kamala Harris as his vice president. And, more importantly, could someone like Deb Haaland be a suitable replacement?  Let’s examine the last three years of Harris’s tenure. Harris has had poor approval ratings throughout the Biden administration, which continue to…

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This Is What You Need To Know About What’s Going On in Niger

The recent events in West Africa hold great importance for various groups, including Western powers like the US and France, as well as Muslims and people worldwide. Ongoing efforts in different regions of the developing world, where the majority resides, are being undertaken to resist neocolonialism and various types of exploitative capitalism. These efforts often…

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Check Out These Resources for Muslims Struggling With Addiction

July is Minority Mental Health Month!  This is the perfect time to talk about Islamic approaches to addiction and substance use disorders. With the growing drug epidemic, it is clear that all communities are affected.  Even though our tradition prohibits drug use, the Muslim community is not immune to consumption. I have had conversations with various…

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The History of Alchemy Can Influence AI and Modern-Day Science

Many of us have heard that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a threat to human civilization, but have you connected it to the history of alchemy? Let’s look into this idea a bit more… The idea that a machine can perform many tasks that humans have known to master for centuries is a phenomenal breakthrough in…

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Discover The Sunnah Benefits of Olives

Olives are one of the most ancient and healthy foods that humanity has ever come into contact with – no exaggerations here!  A staple of the Mediterranean diet, olives have been consumed by humans since before there was written language or recorded history.  Olive trees originated from parts of Asia and were introduced to the…

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Here’s Why the Iran-Saudi Peace Deal Is Huge News For Muslims

Should we call off the Cold War? Are we defending our interests by our understanding of the role China is playing and can play globally? Saudi Arabia and Iran’s China-brokered peace deal poses some interesting questions about our current stance towards China. The Biden administration’s reception of the deal indicates that the US is open to…

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Integrated Deterrence: Consider Ending the War on Terror and UNITING for Shared Values

In Fall of 2022, the Biden Administration released its long-awaited defense strategy called Integrated Deterrence. Since the 1990’s the Department of Defense has issued its National Defense Strategy (NDS) roughly every 4 years. If you weren’t aware of this, Think Tanks influence much of what goes on in the US government, and supply recommendations for each…


Another World Cup Double Standard: LGBTQ+ Rights

What does it mean for Qatar to host the World Cup? There have been repeated Islamophobic attacks on the Qatari government. In this article, I would like to address the double standard regarding LGBTQ+ rights. We all know how homophobia is an issue in the Muslim world. That isn’t a news flash. However, there are multiple blind spots…


Why Does Islam Tell Us to Keep Our Intentions in Check?

Keeping our intentions in check is a pivotal part of Islam; Allah (SWT) tells us that our actions are based on our motives more than anything else. But then, more often than not, the concept itself of “good v. bad intentions” poses the question of whether we actually know the intentions that matter to Allah…

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Why We Should All Strive for an Eco-Friendly Ramadan

What does it mean to be Khalifah? A ruler? And what’s the job of a Khalifah? To rule the earth? The word Khalifah is mentioned several times in the Quran. One time that is noticeable regarding the idea of our responsibility to care for the well-being of the planet is this verse from the Quran:…

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Meet Shereen Malherbe, Author of “The Land Beneath the Light”

Shereen Malherbe is a world-renowned British-Palestinian author and journalist who has contributed to a variety of media platforms including Muslim Girl, Middle East Eye, and Sisterhood Magazine, to name a few. She lives in England, recently having moved back after ten years living in the Middle East.  She keeps herself super busy with her writing. She…

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Meet Dr. Aneesah Nadir, Author of “Before the Nikah”

Recently, Dr. Aneesah Nadir released a book on marriage preparation that is indispensable for single Muslims or even friends of single Muslims.  Dr. Aneesah is a pioneer in the field of Muslim mental health. She taught social work at the university level for decades, long before psychology became a hot topic among Muslims.  Her work has…