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Your Guide to Choosing Islamic Names For Your Baby

Choosing a name for a child is an important decision. Choosing Islamic names for Muslim children can be a difficult and confusing task. There is no set way to name your baby, but there are some considerations that you should take into account when choosing a name. The first thing you want to consider is…

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We Need to End the Stigma Surrounding Divorced Muslim Women

In 2019, the overall divorce rate of Muslims in the United States reached around 45 percent — which is not just grave, but sad as well. If anything, it’s the consequences projected by our culture that makes divorced women suffer and adds stigma to their lives. How the Stigma Manifests Muslim women oftentimes feel distant…

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3 Muslim Girls Share Their Thoughts About Halloween

Carved pumpkins, dark evenings, and horror movies — it’s officially Halloween! For many people, Halloween is just another excuse to dress up and have a good time but for others, it’s avoided at all costs for religious reasons.  Inspired by the ancient Celtic festival ‘Samhain’, Halloween dates back 2,000 years ago. The Celts mostly lived…

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8 Muslim Girl Readers Tell Us Their Jinn Stories

Since it’s Halloween, we can’t help but remember the many times we found ourselves freaking out after hearing some weird noises while we’re home alone. Our parents taught us that jinns live around us and that some of them are good, while others are evil, leaving us wondering whether or not the ones we have…

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Violence Against Women Needs to End, Now

Don’t stay out too late. Pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t have headphones in when you’re jogging. Watch your drink at all times. Don’t drink too much. Carry pepper spray or a pocket knife. Lock your car doors. Don’t get on elevators alone. Travel in groups. Share your location with a friend. Watch what you…

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The Survivor’s Guilt of Muslim Immigrants In Diaspora

An image can trigger the survivor’s guilt; it also can be a video, a sound, or even a person. Just like the trauma is not a uniform experience, what triggers trauma is different for everyone as well. Survivor’s guilt is a psychological phenomenon that affects people who have survived a life-threatening event. A person who…

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4 Ways to Handle Pandemic-Related Life Changes

There have been so many major life changes for Americans as a result of COVID-19, from job loss to relationship stress, and women have often had to do more than their share of work when it comes to adjusting. If you’re suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression even as we emerge from the pandemic, you’re…

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Privilege, Power, and Patriarchy: An Anthropological Review of Feminist Discourse

“What does freedom mean if we accept the fundamental premise that humans are social beings, raised in certain social and historical contexts and belonging to particular communities that shape their desires and understandings of the world?”  — Lila Abu Lughod, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?  The complicated relationship between feminism and anthropology is eloquently described by…

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No, You’re Not a Bad Muslim

No, you are not a bad Muslim woman. Am I dressed enough? Should I cover my shoulders more even if I don’t wear the hijab? Can I put makeup on? Is my hijab covering enough or should I wear it in another way? There are lots of questions that Muslim women might ask themselves, whether…

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This Is Why Honor Killings Need to Stop

In April 2020, Saman Abbas disappeared. She had been thrown out of her family home because she refused to go through with an arranged marriage to a man in Pakistan. In May of 2020, when social services arrived at her home, Saman was still missing, and her parents had returned to Pakistan. An investigation led…

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What to Do When People Keep Letting You Down

Navigating relationships — so be it family, friendships, or romantic relationships — can be one of the most difficult parts of life. In this video, Dr. Omar Suleiman discusses stories and analogies from the Prophet Muhammad PBUH and the sahaba, and what we can take from these stories to understand how to cope with betrayal,…

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How Islamic Culture Influences Global Fashion

Globalization has impacted all spheres of a person’s life, and it is not referred only to innovative technologies. The fashion industry also sees incredible changes that some time ago sounded like something unbelievable. Islamic culture is just one of them. Before, Muslim clothing was taken only from a religious point of view. Today, it has…

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Hateful Comments Overwhelming You? Here’s How to Handle Them

Hateful comments are literally everywhere. And more often than not, these disparaging comments and remarks come from family, acquaintances, friends, or, worse still, strangers we don’t even know and never heard of. Which is utterly bizarre. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, these people who hate on us aren’t necessarily bullies; they can be…

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Mia Khalifa Talks Being Groomed for Sexual Exploitation

A month ago, content subscription service OnlyFans announced they were banning all sexually explicit content across their platform. However, these plans were axed after millions spoke out, threatening to boycott the site. Leading up to and in the midst of this, several current/former adult actresses spoke out against those who had sexually manipulated them. The…