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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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5 Ways to Improve Your Romantic Relationship

Editor’s note: This post discusses sex, and is recommended for our more mature readers. Sometimes your romantic relationship can hit a rut. This is especially true if you have been together a long time or there is a lot of stress in the relationship and from outside forces. Improving your romantic relationship is imperative to…

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What Does Islam Say About Forced Marriages?

In some cultures, a girl’s right to marry is ignored. Educated men and women now talk about marriage at home, but in some cultures, women may still be discouraged from talking about marriage. In these cultures, parents may an arrange a marriage for their children.   Some Muslims from these cultures don’t accept the idea…

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Why I Chose to Stay Friends With a Trump Supporter

A worldwide pandemic, an American election causing so much rage, and racial issues in an uproar. As if that wasn’t enough for the world to handle, relationships were also put to the test. Friendships were on the line because it wasn’t just politics coming in between people. It was values and morals. It was a…

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Get with a community My squad--where oh where would I be without them? I'm blessed with my Muslim Girl family, but also with the best of friends who keep my deen in check.  I have a few friends who make me a better Muslim just by being in their presence, and anytime I feel like I need to up my spirituality, I know they are a text, phone call, or coffee date away. When you can’t pray, keep those folks extra close.

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6 Signs of a Toxic Friendship

Humans are extremely social beings. We thrive off interactions, friendships, and relationships, and gain most of our energy from those brief interactions. Unfortunately, more often than not, our little circle of friends — or the people we associate with — turn out to be toxic in more ways than one. And we tend to miss…

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Why I’m Tired of Dating Ramy

Earlier this year, Hulu dropped the second season of the comedy-drama Ramy. In Season One, we’re introduced to Ramy Hassan, a first-generation American-Egyptian Millennial in the midst of a quarter-life crisis. Throughout the show, we watch Ramy struggle to figure out if he’s just “culturally Muslim” or if he actually wants to be a prays-five-times-a-day…

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Why I’ve Been Praying in My Boyfriend’s Bedroom

As my boyfriend went to the bathroom to brush his teeth and get ready for the night, I quickly pulled a hoodie over my bare head and began to pray as fast as I could. With each prostration, I found myself begging for forgiveness. I hated the days he would come back faster than I…

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Why South Asian Cultures Need to Embrace Public Displays of Affection

Did the title intrigue you enough to read further? Let’s talk about one of the scenarios which might be familiar if you come from a South Asian background.  It is very common in departure lounges of airports while families are seeing their loved ones off that there’s an emotional exchange of hugs and goodbyes that…

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Here’s How I Plan On Living With Intention

One specific chapter in Eckhart Tolle’s book, “A New Earth,” really got to me on a deeper level. Yesterday, I actually saw it happen in real life and caught myself in the act. The chapter talks about how within a few seconds of meeting someone, you subconsciously give them a title based on what they’re…

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#MGAnon: Why Won’t He Commit?

Welcome to #MuslimGirlAnon, your one-stop spot for all the advice you could need! Every week, we crowd-source the very best advice our #MGClique has to offer about issues plaguing our girl gang. Need some advice? Write to editorial@muslim-girl-2021-production.mystagingwebsite.com, and we may just feature you!  Q: “The guy that I’m interested in isn’t making any serious…

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Talking to Your Children About Bodies, Gender, and Transgender Identities 

New York, NY — Planned Parenthood Federation of America has launched the first set of videos in a new series for parents, and caregivers on how to talk about topics related to bodies, sex, and relationships in developmentally appropriate ways with preschool, elementary, and middle school-aged children. The first three videos, which were released this week, are for parents and caregivers…

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7 Ways to Step Up Your Self-Love

We are all pretty familiar with the term “self-love.” It’s flung around a lot these days, and more so when we’re feeling ourselves. However, self-love is more than just external confidence; it is something that must be instilled deeply within us. It is possible to be confident but have a deep lack of self-esteem, and that…

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A Letter to Those Struggling After an Ended Marriage

Dear Warrior, Dear Survivor, Dear Jane-of-all-trades, Dear time management guru, (or aspiring one anyway!) Dear epitome of strength, of courage, of determination, I see you. I am you. And I get it. About two years ago, I ended an eight-year marriage. An eight-year cycle of gritting my teeth, faking a smile and bearing all kinds…