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10 Essential Islamic Etiquettes for Traveling

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Dalai Lama Ah, traveling fills the soul and nourishes the spirit to explore the hidden beauty of diversified cultures worldwide. Islam has taught us the essential Islamic etiquette when traveling for us to be the best version of ourselves when we set foot in a foreign…

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How To Take Care of Your Vaginal Health

Vaginal health isn’t just about what happens down there. It’s also about the health of the surrounding areas, including your entire body. And while addressing vaginal health is often viewed as taboo in the Muslim community, it is important that we create access to information and resources for Muslim women so that they may learn…

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10 MODEST SWIMWEAR COLLECTIONS TO CHECK OUT

‘Tis the season for our Muslim gals to enjoy fun in the sun! What’s your favorite thing to do when the sun’s out? Do you like trying out new refreshing summer mocktails to quench your thirst? Do you like embarking on a whole new journey outdoors (i.e: camping, fishing, traveling)? Whatever it is, there is…

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An Imam Compared My Marriage to a Marlboro Light

I have been a proud Muslim for as long as I can remember. I have been proudly queer for just as long. Growing up in a progressive, mixed-faith, mixed-race home in Morocco, I had the privilege of simultaneously living in several worlds at once. My father, a Muslim man who lived with integrity, kindness, and…

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There’s No Place in Islam for Sectarianism

Recently, the Muslim community in Albuquerque, New Mexico was shaken by the murders of four Muslim men — three of whom were Shia Muslims. The victims, Mohammad Ahmadi, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, Aftab Hussein, and Naeem Hussain were all killed in “ambush-style shootings.” On August 9, 2022, police in Albuquerque arrested 51-year-old Afghan Immigrant Muhammad Syed….

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Why Aren’t Muslim Students Talking About Their Mental Health?

Disclaimer: This article is in no way meant to substitute for medical or mental health advice from a trained and educated mental health professional. Muslim Girl encourages those who need help to seek it and encourages the use of resources such as therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and trained mental health professionals. You should never try…

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4 Faith-Based Affirmations From the Quran

We all need a little positivity in our lives, especially during trying times. And what better way to achieve that than by reflecting on Allah’s words? These faith-based affirmations from the Quran will bring positivity to your life and remind you of His love and mercy. 1. Affirmation: Allah Knows and Wants the Best for…

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Why Zainab Bint Ali Saw Nothing But Beauty Despite Her Losses

Content warning: This post contains graphic descriptions of death and violence. Part of what we memorialize and commemorate during Ashura is the sermon delivered by Zainab (as). Following the massacre of Ahlul-Bayt and their companions, our Lady Zainab (as) delivers a sermon in the court of Yazid, forever becoming a beacon of strength for Islam…

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What Is Muharram?: Lessons of Patience and Grief

In Shia tradition, Muharram is not only the beginning of the Islamic calendar but marks the period in which we remember the sacrifice of Prophet Mohamed (SAWW)’s grandson, Imam Hussain. Therefore, during this month Shias remember and lament the tragedy that occurred between Imam Hussain (AS)’s small band of followers and Yazid, the governor of…

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Contemplating Ashura: A Shia Muslim’s Reflections

Every year, upon the emergence of the crescent of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, Shi’i Muslims around the world cloak themselves in black garments and prepare to mourn Imam Husayn, peace be upon him, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family. On the day of Ashura, the…

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Does the “Evil Eye” Really Exist?

There has always been chatter and discussion about the “evil eye” in our communities. We hear our elders warning us to take care of our prized possessions in case someone casts an evil eye on them. We get advised to reduce speaking about our accomplishments or achievements to others because they might get jealous and…

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POEM: GLUING THE PIECES TOGETHER

The poem below is written in honor of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Surviving is more than just making it to the next morning Surviving requires living It takes work to do the living Because to live requires you to be alive And suddenly Making it to the next morning does not seem so…

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Why Is the James Webb Telescope So Important?

Last week,  NASA revealed the most stunning visual images of the deepest views of the universe.   However, I did not see many Muslim magazines publish any articles about the impact of these discoveries on the future of the public community.  I believe this is partly due to the fact that there is still a…

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Sania Khan’s Murder Is a Reflection of Problematic Cultural Attitudes Towards Divorce

Content warning: This article discusses violence against women and intimate partner violence, as well as spiritual abuse. If you are being abused or neglected, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or visit their website; please keep in mind that many abusers monitor web usage, and access resources as safely as you can. …

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Why We Need Women Leaders

There is a story in the Quran that I find very liberating. The Quran tells us about a time when Abraham, peace be upon him (PBUH) asked, “Lord, show me how You revive the dead. Lord replied, “Have you not believed?” to which Abraham said, “Yes, but to reassure my heart.” The Quran tells us…