Alhamdulillah

The Prophet(pbuh) said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer.”(Sahih Muslim) Many times, it’s hard to see the good in everything, especially the blessings disguised in our hardships. Like many people, I couldn’t see it right away. On Friday, February…

I’m Counting the Seconds

I’m Counting the Seconds by Zak Kahn They say love lasts forever. That it’s some strong bond that can keep you at peace eternally. Maybe, they’re right about it lasting forever, but I imagine it differently. I’d say both pain and love last forever together in a symbiotic bond. Love is like the rose that…

Unmasked

Unmasked by Ibrahim Morsy My reflection in the mirror is not me The clothes I wear The color of my skin The language I speak These serve as a mask But all masks can be removed And left behind is something blind to our eyes yet I can see it so clearly A thing that…

Sisyphus Isn’t Real

Sisyphus Isn’t Real by Bara Elhag My arms, air and even hair sometimes feel dipped in hardship a stygian river surrounds me trying to sucking me in I’m making dua more air comes into my lungs clean air, i want to breathe air, the people of the deen air I want to dream air that…

A Note to 13 Year Old Zaire… by Zaire Ali

A note to 13-year-old Zaire… “If someone told me all the things I know now I would’ve thought they were crazy – but listen, remember those times because they’re going to make the journey easy.” Those hard times were just training camp to get you ready to fight life, the undisputed. Those hard times made…

My Thoughts During a Late Night Study-Session

My Thoughts During a Late Night Study-Session by Bara Elhag 1:00 am Friday   Screech, silent night, or Do something other than let me think this hard through hard- ships sail away from the oceans of Nubia in my mind and back to my homework—   I am resonating between organic molecules and inorganic thoughts…

#MuslimsOfRutgers: love, maybe

The following is an excerpt from an (as-of-yet) unpublished short story. I officially gave up on crushes when I was eighteen. I realized they were stupid and terrible and nothing good came out of them long before legal adulthood, but that didn’t actually prevent me from falling head over heels when a cute boy came…

#MuslimsOfRutgers: The Letter

It was Sunday and there shouldn’t have been a letter in the mailbox, but there was. I had gone out for some fresh air along the shore to clear my mind. It’s been a struggle lately with so many losses – including my parents’ divorce, losing my job, and more importantly, losing my best friend…

#MuslimsOfRutgers: Fajr in a United States Air Force Base

I joined the United States Air Force JROTC because I loved airplanes. My favorite video game was Microsoft Flight Simulator, and one of my favorite activities was looking up at the sky and trying to guess the type of plane flying overhead. My friends in the program told me that a huge part of the…

#MuslimsOfRutgers: Identity Complex

Remember #MuslimsOfRutgers, the project to get anyone with a Rutgers ID and a shahada to write their story and share it with the world? Click onto Submissions every Friday night for the rest of the semester (Insha’Allah) to read amazing pieces by your fellow students and alumni!  In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, Most…

Dear Brother

Dear Brother, I sleep, but I do not rest. I eat, but I can not taste. I read, but I do not comprehend. I miss you like the moon misses the stars.

Art and the Muslim Identity

Being Muslim in America today is supposed to be about finding our identities, figuring out a way to balance our cultures and religion, etc., etc. How difficult is that, though, when these days (or months, or years, or your entire life) Islam is only brought up on the news in a negative light? Photos of…