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Shame on the Period Shamers

Ah, period shaming during Ramadan. How many Muslim women can honestly claim that they haven’t been told to eat secretly so as to not offend the delicate sensibilities of an ummah who can’t handle the knowledge that a woman might menstruating? Let alone the fact that we somehow manage to get caught sneaking a bite…

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Why Don’t Muslims Adopt More?

Adoption is an extremely misunderstood topic throughout the Muslim community. Many people have different opinions on it, with some even saying that it is completely prohibited in Islam, and some not knowing about the Islamic rules surrounding it. Many of us have never thought of the concept of adoption. Maybe because, Alhamdulillah, we are able to…

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Is Listening to Music Haram?

Nasheeds are a staple in Ramadan as we replace Drake and One Direction with Maher Zain or even Deen Squad. Recently, however, as I scrolled through the comments on Deen Squad’s rendition of God’s Plan, I saw a lot of mixed emotions towards the post. Thus, I wanted to explore the various viewpoints that the…

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There’s Now a Fatwa Hotline for Women Run by Muslim Sheikhas

I often think going to a male Sheikh about personal questions can be a little bit awkward and uncomfortable. I am sure other women are also uncomfortable asking a man about things relating to menstrual cycles, for example. So, nothing makes me more excited than knowing there is a growing amount of female sheikhas that we…

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There’s Now a Fatwa Against Pokémon Go

An official for the top Islamic authority in Egypt says that the mobile phone reality game is “prohibited” by Islam. According to Abbas Shouman, the deputy chief of al-Azhar, playing Pokémon Go is as illicit as drinking alcohol, which is forbidden in Islam. “It negatively influences the mind and harms the player or others without…

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Did Homosexuality Exist Among Islamic Scholars?

Trigger Warning: Victims of child sexual abuse may find parts of this article triggering. “There will circulate among them young boys made eternal. When you see them, you would think them [as beautiful as] scattered pearls.” -al-Quran al-Karim, 76:19 (translation Sahih International) “Round about them will serve, (devoted) to them, young male servants (handsome) as…

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Did Allah Give Muslims a Definition for Unlawful Sex?

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article, such as those across our entire platform, are not a reflection of the views of Muslim Girl or its staff. We seek to provide an outlet for the diversity of Muslim women’s thoughts, opinions, and stories in our efforts to combat the common silencing of our community…

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Sexism is Not Part of Islam: Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Says Driving “Exposes Women to Evil”

Every time I read a “religious” edict about the “devilish horrors” of Muslim women, my brain freezes, and my blood boils, while my heart shatters with grief and despair.  It happened again today when I read the latest (sexist) statements from Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, as he was defending the fatwa (law) that bans women…

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What Is Hayaa and Why Is It Being Defined by Men?

Your very existence as a Muslim woman is a form of resistance. If you’re shy and quiet, you’re a prude. You’re boring. If you’re loud and outgoing, you’re attention-seeking. If you are a Muslim woman that doesn’t don the hijab, you’re asked why you don’t by Muslims — or why you would follow such a…

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What’s the Difference Between Hajj and Umrah?

As the fastest growing religion today, Islam accounts for more than 1.6 billion people around the globe. It, like countless other religions, promotes peace, acceptance and love for one another. It teaches morality, equality and promotes intellect and knowledge of worldly and spiritual affairs. Among all the lessons and prophetic narrations provided in the Qur’an,…

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2015 Marks Leaving Behind a Special Man: The Wallah Bro

Muslim girls took over 2014 with landmark moments, appearing on television commercials, news panels, and one even receiving a Nobel Peace Prize. Also relevant to Muslim girls, 2014 unleashed a character classified as the “Wallah Bro.”  Though this wasn’t the year that conceived the actual Wallah Bro himself, it was the year that women’s discussions…