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Muslim-Led Campaigns to Support This #GivingTuesday

After a weekend filled with over-indulgence on the culinary and commercial front (we’re looking at you, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday), it would indubitably feel good to give back to our communities. Enter #GivingTuesday. Traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States, #GivingTuesday was devised to kick-off a season of philanthropy…

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What Does It Mean to Be Thankful in Islam?

What does it mean to be thankful as a Muslim? Does it have to mean something different than it does for other people? Personally, I think the concept of “Thanksgiving” (if we’re not talking about the horrendous background of the holiday), is a great one. I don’t see an issue celebrating it as a Muslim,…

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I Went to the Kaa’ba and It Was Everything I Expected

On 23rd May 2017, my dream came true, Alhamdulillah. On the way to Makkah, while everyone in the car was tired and taking a nap, I was a little tense. I was wondering whether I’d be able to catch Isha’s congregational prayer. As the cars were moving at a snail’s pace, I kept looking for…

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3 Iconic Muslim Women Who Led by Example

1) Khadijah, The Daughter of Khuwaylid Khadijah bint Khuwaylid was the daughter of Khuwaylid bin Asad and Fatimah bint Zayd. She was the first wife of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and is infamously known as one of Islam’s “Mother of Believers.” After Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) she was the first person to hear the words revealed from…

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A Muslim woman prays during Laylat al-Qadr in front of the Dome of the Rock, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City during the holy month of Ramadan in this August 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/Files

5 Verses From the Qur’an That Remind Us to Be Thankful

Written by Muslim Girl Staff writer, Vanessa ElShamy With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m sure that we’re all looking forward to devouring delicious food and spending precious time with friends and family. Hopefully, we’re all remembering to be thankful for what we have as well. But we do also have to remember that while…

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Understanding Rahma: From Womb to Worship

It is quite interesting to learn that the Glorious Almighty’s name, “Ar-Rahman” is derived from the word “Raham,” a womb. Allah said: “I Am Ar-Rahman. I created the Raham (womb) and derived a name for it from My Name. Hence, whoever keeps it (family ties), I will keep ties to him, and whoever severs it, I…

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‘Are You Even Muslim?’

“Are you even Muslim?” I hate when people ask me that. It pisses me off. They have no idea what it took, what I’ve been through to stand where I’m standing now in my Islam. My spirituality. But, I know exactly why they’re asking. Because a Black face with a traditionally wrapped hijab couldn’t possibly…

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Yes, I Model — and Yes, My Hijab Is My Crown

In Boston, my Somali friend and I scarfed down fried pickles and crab legs and chatted about good food, Islam, and being a woman in America. We then ordered these huge desserts that we could barely finish just because. “Ohh, let me see the photos from your trip to London,” she exclaimed. I hunched my…

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A Prayer for 2017

2016 may have felt like all that could go wrong did. With the new year coming, although there may always be sorrow around you, I hope you choose hope. And May you always remember the strength of prayer. May the troubles of this year bring you blessings for the next year May the struggles you…