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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…

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Why We Need Women Leaders

There is a story in the Quran that I find very liberating. The Quran tells us about a time when Abraham, peace be upon him (PBUH) asked, “Lord, show me how You revive the dead. Lord replied, “Have you not believed?” to which Abraham said, “Yes, but to reassure my heart.” The Quran tells us…

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What Is Hajj and Why Is It Important?

Each year, millions of Muslims from all over the world set out to Makkah for the sacred pilgrimage known as Hajj. Hajj occurs once every year during the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah. It is a five day long pilgrimage and should be completed by every able Muslim at least once in…

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5 Things to Know About Women’s Rights In Islam

“Do women in Islam have any rights?” This is a question lingering in the minds of many people around the world. We cannot blame them entirely as the modern media often portrays Muslim women as controlled and dependent people, restricted from showing their faces in public. Is it true that Islam demands to kill girls…

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Rihanna Apologizes for Using Hadith in Lingerie Show

UPDATE: After the publication of this story this morning Rihanna issued the following statement to her Instagram: As someone who listens to Rihanna’s music and admires her, I am in complete awe right now.  Rihanna used a song that contains a narration of an Islamic Hadith during her recent fashion show. Many people took to…

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Sunnah Superfoods: The Great Pumpkin

So dear friends, in the United States, we are knee-deep in pumpkin season. Pumpkin patches all around, pumpkin pies in the stores, pumpkin spice lattes in the cafes, carved pumpkins on the door stoops, pumpkin-faced pinups on walls, doors, and windows everywhere. So, of course, in this, the fourth edition of the “Sunnah Superfoods” series,…

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What’s the Real Role of Women’s Rights in Islam?

In 1980, the National Women’s History Project was founded in California for the interest of broadcasting woman’s historical achievements. They lobbied, and successfully pushed Congress to designate a special month for women. As a result, March is officially known as Women’s History Month, where women and men pay special attention to discuss and commemorate the…

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The Muslim Community is Failing Our Rohingya Brothers and Sisters

It’s that time of the year when social media timelines are flooded with pictures and posts of friends sharing important milestones and life-achievements — from graduations to weddings to births. As I click the “like” button or double-tap these special moments, my attention is diverted by flashes of distraught and famished faces of the Rohingya…

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Is This What Religious Icons Would Look Like in 2014? [PHOTOS]

Dina Goldstein’s latest project involves deities, actors, the green-screen and a whole lot of makeup. This Canadian artist set out with a controversial idea in mind: bringing religious characters to life behind the camera. The pop surrealism emphasizes a plethora of color, emotion, and blatant modernism to accentuate the theme Goldstein had in mind: A…