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  • The Higher Jihad

    The Higher Jihad

        The word “jihad” strikes a nerve among most Americans, Muslim or otherwise. For Westerners, jihad invokes images of an Islamic Red Dawn. For Muslims, it leaves many of us unsettled and often unable to answer questions about what jihad means exactly. We shuffle uncomfortably and stumble for an answer; we’re not entirely sure. […]

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    | October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

    Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

        Muslims have been hailing “touchdown!” ever since Reza Aslan went on air calling Bill Maher’s arguments “facile” and a pair of CNN Tonight hosts as “stupid.” Maher was grilled for his blanket statement on Muslim nations, throwing out that, “People were not giving enough attention to Islamic violence and oppression.” CNN Tonight hosts […]

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    | October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

    The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

        Scrolling through my Instagram account, I see a stream of nauseatingly perfect images. These pictures aren’t expressions of an inner self; they’re not raw images of both beautiful and chaotic moments in time. Instead, they’re moments stolen from serendipitous existence, manufactured to perfection. In the process, they rob us of a natural opportunity […]

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    | August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • For the Love of Tradition

    For the Love of Tradition

    Originally published in Aquila Style Happily ever after isn’t always about finding your prince charming. Sometimes it can be about finding a toad with potential. The modern dating scene, befuddled by ego-driven complexities and other short-comings, doesn’t make it any easier to find a life partner. An old tradition, arranged marriages might just be the […]

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    | February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • His Throne Upon Water

    His Throne Upon Water

    “And it is He who created the Heavens and the Earth in Six Days – and His Throne had been upon water.” – Surah Hud 11:7 Although this verse appears as a small inconspicuous line of text, when tugged it unravels layers of coded meanings and offers us a more profound understanding of God. It […]

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    | August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

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#HajjSelfie A Rising Trend for Millennial Muslims

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
#HajjSelfie A Rising Trend for Millennial Muslims

Source: RT.com Millions of Muslims traveling to Mecca have caught “selfie fever,” angering some Muslim clerics for snapping pictures of themselves at holy sites during the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Many young millennial Muslims believe that posting selfies on social media is the best way to communicate with their families and document precious moments. “I’m taking […]

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Blonde Muslim Convert Becomes Overnight ISIS Sensation

| October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Blonde Muslim Convert Becomes Overnight ISIS Sensation

    Source: Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla Last week, a single tweet took Jennifer Williams — an unassuming “blonde tattooed Texas girl” — from relative obscurity to Twitter stardom. The problem is that a “healthy number” of her enthusiastic new followers may be Islamic extremists. “One guy told me how beautiful I would look […]

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Infographic: A History of Pakistan’s Independence

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Infographic: A History of Pakistan’s Independence

    Source of infographic: www.Lamudi.pk The sunset of 1947 that marked the blessed night of the 27th of Ramzan saw the formation of a nascent country – Pakistan. As the Quran states, it was indeed a night better than a thousand nights for all those who had fought relentlessly for the fortification of their […]

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Blessed With Cancer

| January 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
Blessed With Cancer

Originally published in Aquila Magazine There are all sorts of inspirational quotes and memes for life. They say “it’s always darkest before dawn”, or that “God doesn’t give you more than you can endure”. It’s easy to believe these in the recesses of comfort; it’s easy to say it when you’re far from the storm. […]

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A Happier You

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Happier You

Every New Year I strategically plan out my goals and resolutions, and each year I fail to meet them. In the lead-up to the Islamic New Year, I ask five beautiful and successful Muslim women for their tips on keeping New Year’s resolutions, to help us all achieve a happy new us. 1Beauty isin the […]

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Malala and Nabila: World’s Apart

| November 5, 2013 | 1 Comment
Malala and Nabila: World’s Apart

Source: The Nation   On October 24, 2012, a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick okra as the family prepared for the coming Eid […]

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Gratitude by Trial and Misfortune

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Gratitude by Trial and Misfortune

[Originally written for Aquila Magazine] Every time my husband and I go out for dinner, I always want what he orders. A few months ago we went out for a dinner with friends, both of whom were psychologists. Of course, the same dilemma of wanting what my husband ordered crept up again. Since nothing gets […]

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Eid and the Spirit of the Season

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Eid and the Spirit of the Season

  Originally written for Aquila Magazine As Ramadan and a much-looked-forward to Eid al-Fitr return to us this year, we take a moment to pause and reflect the true meaning of Eid. Unlike other holidays, Eid is not a stand-alone holiday; it is the celebratory period after the Islamic month of Ramadan in which we […]

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Why You Should Fear the NSA Even if You Have Nothing to Hide

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Anna Lekas Miller Source: Guardiam UK One of the most common responses from the 66% of American citizens in favor of the NSA‘s data-collection programs is, “I have nothing to hide, so why should I have anything to fear?” But what if you have nothing to hide but are targeted as a suspect nevertheless? […]

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YouTube’s “Hijab’s Tutorials” Highlights Peaking Obsession with Western Standards of Beauty

| June 21, 2013 | 1 Comment
YouTube’s “Hijab’s Tutorials” Highlights Peaking Obsession with Western Standards of Beauty

By Izzie Source: Patheos Editors note: Patheos blogger Izzie uses her own real-life example of her path to hijab as an exploration into hijab subculture. With light-hearted charm, she blasts today’s epidemically rising obsession with beauty and fashion among a group of hijab wearers – the irony of the whole trend being that hijab is […]

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