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Introducing the First Ever Muslim Ballet School

Muslim kids are noticeably absent in ballet, and yet with the first headscarf-wearing ballerina coming to light, isn’t it about time we get the proper representation that we deserve? Lucky for us, two 20-something Muslim women agree, and decided to open a ballet school where they dance to poetry instead of music.  24-year-old Maisie Alexandra…

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These Are the 7 Musical Muses I Turn to for Inspiration

Bismillah. The first day I met my vocal coach, she asked me to sing a few songs. Every time I would start a song, she would stop me and ask me to pick a different song. This happened about three times. She said, “Sing something your parents played.” So I sang “Buffalo Soldier” by Bob…

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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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5 Incredible Female Muslim Musicians

International Women’s Day provides a great opportunity to celebrate women for being the fearless, badass, creative, outspoken, and talented people we are. Unfortunately a lot of the conversation is focused on white women’s contributions to the artistic landscape, and well, they aren’t the only women in the world. Luckily for those of us seeking a…

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Sami Yusuf – “Asma Allah”

Sami Yusuf is an international icon for his positive contributions to music, but he is recognized even more dearly by Muslims for his inspiring nasheeds. He has performed countless concerts in every part of the world, performed for a Gaza fundraiser last winter, and has recently become the youngest person to ever receive an honorary…