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These 4 Women Give Me Strength, and They’ll Do the Same for You

I am a proud Middle Eastern woman, and let me tell you why. Ever since I was a young child, I envisioned women as being strong, beautiful creatures capable of many things. I first learned this invaluable lesson from watching my fierce mother, who overcame so many challenges, with an ever-present smile on her face….

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Prophet Mohammad Would Have Seriously Hated Men’s Rights Activists

It’s the late 1920s — women are well-serving housewives, and men are powerhouse executives sacrificing their time and energy for the betterment of humankind. Oh heavens, thank God for their selflessness. That is exactly how Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) envision our world. In a series of tightly-secured events and private parties, the voices for mens’…

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Is the Hijab Actually Unconstitutional?

Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro, was suspended by Fox for questioning whether congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s hijab is American enough because of her dress: “Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Koran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia…

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How Enslaved West Africans Heavily Influenced the Arts in America

Bismillah. *Important note about the term “enslaved”: Slavery has existed since the beginning of time. Different communities of people were enslaved regardless of creed or color. When it comes to Africans, the assumption is that we were always slaves. Furthermore, using the term “slaves” further perpetuates the unconscious bias that Africans were born to be…

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All You Need is Prophetic Love

What happens when the meaning of Muhammad ﷺ is reduced to an empty name brand, that even those who were raised wearing it, stop buying? Let’s face it, many within and outside the faith don’t get the obsession with the man, and masculinity in general due to the looming specter of toxic masculinity. Toxic masculinity does not refer…

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Five Things You May Not Know About Sharia Law

Sharia law (yes, “law,” not “Shari-Allah”) is a scary thing to type into the Google search bar, hear on the news, or sometimes say a little too loud, lest you trigger the FBI knocking at your door. And while I like to think of myself as very secure in and proud of my Islam, I…

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11 Female Icons From Islamic History

On this #ThrowbackThursday, I want us to explore the female icons that have been integral to Islamic history, the spread of the faith, and innovation. We have plenty of current icons today — like Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, advocating for girls education and building schools while attending Oxford University (no big deal). Meanwhile,…

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Uncovering Andalucia and Replicating Spanish Islam

In Islam, Muslims typically greet each other with the phrase “assalamu alaikum” or “salaam” for short, meaning peace be upon you. Civility and kindness are deeply rooted in the religion: “And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of]…

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The Ramadan Starter Pack

Whether you know about Islam or not, chances are you have heard that at some point, they don’t eat. As intimidating as it sounds, it is true. Muslim Girl thought we’d put together a Ramadan manual just for you, in case you had any questions. Let’s get straight into it.

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A young Bahraini Shiite Muslim girl reads the Koran, Islam's holy book, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on July 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images)

7 Lessons From the Quran to Survive Turbulent Times

He is not far away. He is watching over you. Place your fingers on the side of your neck. Do you feel a pulse? Allah ﷻ says in the Quran that He is closer to you than that vein you felt pumping blood into your body (50:16). Can you imagine the magnitude of this bond?…