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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…

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Meet Robert Warrior, a Prominent Native American Scholar & Activist

There is a great deal of recognition in the US right now of the importance of land acknowledgment for the Indigenous people, who are the rightful owners of the territories in North America. Many people are now emphasizing the next step as working for land return, returning more sovereignty to Native Americans.  To gain more…

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Meet Attorney Zarinah Nadir, Author of “Legally Savvy”

Attorney Zarinah Nadir has recently published her wonderful layperson’s handbook Legally Savvy on what everyone needs to know to make good legal decisions. The basic premise of the book is to know how to deal with legal issues in day-to-day life and when to get an attorney involved.  Basically, Nadir suggests not to wait to call…

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These Three Presidential Pardons Are Long Overdue

As Muslims, part of our belief system includes standing against oppression and standing against injustices. Here are three cases of injustice that you should be aware of, as well as some ways that you can help advocate for justice for these individuals. Imam Jamil The ongoing work to free Imam Jamil continues.  The movement to…

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#JusticeforNoor: Violence Against Women Is a Global Issue

Many have marched over the last week holding signs and protesting the brutal murder of Noor Muqaddam, 27, the daughter of a former Pakistani diplomat, who was known for her sweet and loving personality and kindness to people and animals.  The police have charged Zahir Jaffer with the murder, a U.S. national, and son of…

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Super Sunnah Foods: Powerful Pomegranates

Pomegranate is a super antioxidant food.  One of the most beautiful facts about pomegranates is that while a few hundred years ago, or even a few decades ago, they were quite difficult to eat and access, that is no longer true. At least in the US, pomegranate juice is all over stores, including prepackaged pomegranate…

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EU Court Rules Muslim Women Can Be Fired For Hijab

Recent headlines have delivered the terrible news that the highest EU court ruled that it is okay to fire women for wearing the headscarf if it interferes with the ability of the workplace to create an environment that is “neutral” which is supposedly non-religious, or non-partisan, or secular. An article from Human Rights Watch rightly…