How Hannah Montana Inspired My Muslim Girl Identity Growing Up

While I am no pop star, I have never resonated more with a character growing up than I did with Hannah Montana. As a young girl who grew up in the early 2000s era, I lived vicariously through TV show personalities – and I particularly gravitated toward the show “Hannah Montana,” a television series that…


Henna: An Ode To Islamic Tradition

The art of henna, or mehndi, has been a widely practiced Islamic tradition in parts of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East for over 5,000 years. While we are accustomed to see henna designs on brides, it actually has great Islamic significance. Additionally, both men and women can use henna because of its health…


Andrew Tate Converts to Islam: Separating Culture and Religion

Welcoming members to the Ummah will always be our number one priority. Cancel culture doesn’t have a place in Islam; forgiveness lies at the core of our religion. So, if you’re like me, you are both happy and worried over Andrew Tate’s announcement that he has embraced Islam and is now Muslim. Allah (SWT) is…


Why We Need to Learn the Difference Between Culture and Religion

In this TED talk, Turkish journalist Mustafa Akyol discusses how certain cultural traditions are sometimes confused for being part of Islam, when they have no Islamic basis. Check it out above, and let us know what you think. Why do you think it’s important to learn to differentiate between culture and religion?


Is Your Identity Actually an Obstacle to Overcome?

In an age of unprecedented global migration, it is inevitable that our cultural identities will continue to get more and more complex. From the dilemma of defining your identity as a “Third Culture Kid,” a scenario where children spend their formative years outside of their parents’ native homeland, to dealing with the complexity of pegging…


7 Palestinian Chefs That Are Doing It for the Culture

Food. Food. Food. It’s a vital part of culture all around the world. We Palestinians, in particular, simply love our food, and our events always revolve around the beautiful symphony of flavors that make up our cuisine. But food represents so much more than blind consumption. Food is what unites us. It brings us closer to our…


Our Top Five Underrated Beats For Black History Month

Love music? Me too! Love being Black? Same, sis! These five amazing, underrated songs will make you want to sing and dance, and may even bring a tear to your eye! Music really is a powerful (and fun) way to spread a message, and by the end of this list, I hope you will have…


The Top 10 #TweetYourThobe Tweets That Blessed Our Feed

Yesterday we got to witness history being made, as the most diverse class of freshmen were sworn into the 116th Congress. Among them were a record-breaking number of women and people of color, so what could possibly make yesterday’s win even more badass (beyond Rashida Tlaib’s son dabbing as she voted for Nancy Pelosi as…


Dear White People: I’m Done Apologizing for Who I Am

Dear White People, How has your day been? Good, I hope, because after reading this letter, you may never have another carefree day in your life. I have been on-guard, and you have been on the lookout. But you don’t have to wait, because anytime is the right time for you to strike at me….


The Whitewashing of Arab Identity

Recently, I paid a visit to the Arab American National Museum. Initially, I was extremely excited — as a Sudanese American, I’m not used to seeing my identity represented positively anywhere. I had a few pre-existent apprehensions: there is a strong history of marginalization of Black Arabs and of course racism exists in the Arab…


Read This Before You Share That Hijabi Sexual Harassment Video

Many of us are aware of the viral and currently circulating video, 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman by Hollaback, an organization that wishes to eradicate street harassment, intimidation, and catcalling of woman around the globe. The video featured a young woman walking around Manhattan for 10 hours all the while being harassed…


The Islamic Empire’s Golden Age

The roads wound all over the empire. Foreign goods were abundant in markets. The minds of the people were alive, buzzing with innovations and ideas. While the rest of the world was vanquished by intellectual darkness, the Islamic Empire was alive and teeming with knowledge and discovery, creating one of the greatest eras in history….