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10 tips from the hadith on reorganizing your life

It is officially 2023! I’ve never been the kind of person to make new year’s resolutions because I can’t stick to them no matter how much I want to. New year’s resolutions are always very daunting to accomplish so instead I decided to focus on how I can reorganize my life this year to be…

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Do You Know the Story of Imam Ali?

We begin the story of Imam Ali on the 13th of Rajab 599 CE in the sweltering heat of the Makkan desserts. True to its word, the Arabian peninsula promised a hot and humid day as onlookers gathered around the Ka’aba.  A commotion had pursued throughout the city as Fatima Bint Asad was moments away…

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8 Short Surah Alternatives to Surah Ikhlas for Salaat

If your only go-to short surah is Surah Ikhlas, say no more! Performing prayer is an act of worship each of us should look forward to but often times our limited knowledge of surahs force us to keep repeating the same ones in every single prayer. This leads us to have a weaker connection with…

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A Lecturer Was Fired for Showing a Painting of the Prophet and Muslims Are Divided on the Decision

It’s been four years since I first entered my university’s halls, excited about the centuries-old history within the walls of my academic institution. I remember thinking professors were intimidating, and the profession unattainable, but its social value was exponential. These individuals have studied long and hard, beat all the competition to be accepted into their…

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What’s in a Name? Why Mispronunciation Is Still Colonization

“Why do people even give their kids’ a difficult name when they can go with an easier one?” I overheard the other day. Even though the comment wasn’t directed toward me, I felt triggered. As a Muslim living in the United States with an obvious “foreign” name, I know it’s often seen as difficult. I…

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Understanding Mental Health, Trauma & Triggers Through Imam Sajjad

A therapist once told me that I could never be fully happy and that if I ever want to be otherwise, I should be reliant on anti-depressants. It was an immensely painful diagnosis, to have a specialist tell me plainly that I was a lost cause. In the contemporary world, mental health is either dealt…

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8 Things To Consider While Forming Friendships in College

What constitutes strong friendships? A partner in crime? A person that accompanies you to the movies? A person you share highs and lows with? Friendships include two or more people enjoying time with one another while appreciating the individual they have chosen to cross paths with. The relevance of my prior sentence stems from the…

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Check Out These 8 Must-Have Skincare Products for the Winter

Bells are jingling, exams are near, and here comes the season of dry skin and peeling lips. The winter season is filled with adorning lights, hot cocoa, and cute trench coats. However, behind the cold girl Instagram-worthy pictures in front of twinkling lights are heaps of preparation and protection against the bitter cold. Feeling good…

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Interview: Grace Song Talks About Islam and the Usuli Institute

On Building a Society of Light What is the hallmark of a great civilization? Is it the amount of land they own or the number of people that society has? Is it the things they create and share, or is it a society of light where everyone is united by common goals, values, and respect…

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We Need To Make Space for Muslim Women in Academia

The mainstream academia (both Islamic and beyond), which also comprises of various narratives and “facts,” stem from the viewpoints of the dominant and the powerful men. All that women need is inclusion and equity. While men belonging to a certain status are the majority in most academic spaces and have created a notion of “default”…

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This Is Why Morocco’s Win Is a Victory Against Islamophobia

For centuries Spain and Morocco have negotiated their shared histories of the colonizer and the colonized. For over 800 years, Moroccan Muslims ruled Spain, impacting the country’s culture, architecture, language, and art. However, when Spanish Christians ousted Muslim rulers in 1492, that was as much the beginning of an era of Islamophobia as it was…

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World Cup Highlights: Morocco Wins Over Spain and Remembers Palestine

Morocco became the first Arab nation and fourth from Africa to reach the World Cup quarterfinals. Achraf Hakimi celebrating with his mother after defeating Spain in the Round of 16. The Moroccan team recites Surah Al Fatiha right before the penalty shootout with Spain. Morocco raises the Palestine flag after their 2-1 victory over Canada in…

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Here Are 12 Muslim Candidates Who Made History in 2022

Muslim candidates set a new precedent this year. In case you missed it, here are twelve of the amazing trailblazers who won their races across the U.S. 1. NABEELA SYED Nabeela Syed made history in this year’s midterms when she defeated a Republican incumbent in Illinois’s 51st District, making her the youngest member of the…

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Did You Know That Guardian Angels Are All Around Us?

Resting my head atop my pillow after making wudu (ablution) and reading Ayat al-Kursi, I know the angels are watching over me, fending off shaytaan and asking Allah (SWT) to forgive me for my sins. I know I am not alone. While Allah (SWT) is aware of my location, he has sent the angels to…