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Where are the Men? Reuniting Islam and Masculinity in our Modern Times

8 October, 2018 - 23:32
I was headed to a class on public transport in Cairo, Egypt when I heard the sound of something slamming into a wall. When I turned to my right, I saw a woman attempting to pick up her phone from the floor. A man towered over her and was yelling. When she finally found it, […]

Deconstructing the Muslim Male Gaze

5 October, 2018 - 23:33
Islam is not sexist, but sometimes, Muslim men are. Islam is not misogynistic, but sometimes, Muslim men are. My words may be alarming, but they are not meant to be accusatory. Muslim men: You are privileged to live in a world that has largely been shaped by male paradigms, one that has been written in […]

7 Things That Can Make or Break MSAs (Muslim Student Associations)

26 September, 2018 - 18:42
Throughout the past decade, I’ve worked with a variety of MSAs (Muslim Student Associations) in different capacities. My first days as a Muslim were spent as an undergraduate, stumbling through leadership positions in my first MSA and largely failing to bring about good programming or developing a cohesive community. After graduating and working with other […]

Ashura and the Story of Hussain – Achieving Victory Despite Oppression

19 September, 2018 - 01:26
Muslims around the world commemorate in Muharram (the first month of the Muslim year) the death of Hussain ibn Ali, a leader who epitomized the struggle against tyranny. For some context, consider the following: A tyrannical leader comes to power exploiting an arcane political system. Having been handed everything by his father, this ruthless and […]

Hajj Reflections: ‘Come Back to God, Wherever You Are’

13 September, 2018 - 21:59
I performed Hajj for the first time this year. It will most likely be my only time, although only Allah (swt) knows for sure. This I know: I want to go back. I am also wary, upon coming home, of being absorbed back into my former routines of daily living. Our group had it really […]

How the Sacred Law of Gender Relations Can Teach Us R-E-S-P-E-C-T

11 September, 2018 - 23:36
Recently while watching the internet light on fire at how a Bishop inappropriately touched a young musical artist, Ariana Grande, I was reminded again of the importance of the principles and laws that Islam stands for. Imagine for a moment: It’s the funeral of one of the most celebrated musical artists in history. A young […]

Why Does Allah Allow Human Suffering? For What Purpose?

7 September, 2018 - 22:44
A paradox formulated long ago by Greek philosopher Epicurus asks, if God is perfectly good and omnipotent, why do we suffer? He proposed two alternative answers: Either God is not perfectly good and thus not willing to stop human suffering; or God is not powerful enough to end all the pain in the world. In […]

In the Midst of Rampant Islamophobia, American Muslims are Making Political History

5 September, 2018 - 22:15
American Muslims are making history. The unprecedented level of civic engagement and grassroots effort displayed by more than 90 Muslim political candidates and their supporters ended in victories for many last month. Nine Somali-American, Arab-American, South Asian and African-American Muslim candidates from Minnesota won a series of primaries. Among them was Ilhan Omar — a […]

How Moonsighting Wars Teach Us Greater Lessons on Choice and Faith

4 September, 2018 - 22:34
Once again, we’ve watched news outlets to dust off their Hajj and Eid coverage, filled with shots of outdoor markets and prayers in far off places. Muslims have mostly recovered from the heady swirl of events leading up to Eid ul-Adha and await the return of the freshly minted hujjaj (those who have performed the […]