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Muhammad Ali Taught Me to Be Fearless

“I just wanted to be free.” ‘Muhammad Ali’ is a name you can say in any country in the entire world, and people will recognize it, respect it, and acknowledge its greatness. While being at the intersection of arguably the two most oppressed groups in America–African-Americans and Muslims–he fought hate, discrimination, and oppression for liberation. Muhammad…

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7 Reminders for Muslims That Every Day Is Earth Day

April 22 marks Earth Day – a birthday, if you will, where we do a little more to recognize what the earth has provided us, but haven’t taken the time to thank it for its fortitude. But let’s not get it twisted; every day should be Earth Day. Here are a seven reminders Muslims are…

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What You Can Do When Dealing With Big Decisions

Throughout our lives, we come across situations that call upon some big decisions to be made. Whether it is picking a school to attend or deciding if someone is right for your life, we struggle with committing to our choices no matter how minimal or monumental the decision is. We often feel like we need…

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Life Without Allah Doesn’t Make Sense

Sometimes, we may find ourselves feeling distant from Islam. We may feel like our life is falling apart and that we’re hopeless or that our level of faith is at a low. We feel lost, we worry no prayer is being answered and then we ask ourselves: “How can I possibly get myself through this?”…

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A Story of Perseverance and Bravery – Asiya (RA)

Every person has experienced or will experience injustice at different points in their lives. Sitting through biased lectures in classrooms, fighting with siblings, or even reading the news, injustices are present at different levels of potency. With the sweeping increase of Islamophobia in today’s global society, sometimes it feels like injustice is inevitable and that…

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Why We Should Strive To Embody Zainab Bint Ali

In our daily lives today, where we are so connected to one other through social media and breaking news on the media, that it’s easy to be updated on the day to day happenings all around the globe. While there are positive things occurring constantly, most often we hear about the negative – the wars,…

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Paradise Found: Positive Reflections On Dealing With Death

A Right Way to Grieve? When a Muslim loses someone to what would seem like the jagged claws of death, we recite an ayah from the Quran, إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎ (Innalilah wa inna ilayhi rajioun). This translates to “We belong to Allah (SWT) and To Him we shall return.” I often feel that people…