Are we really gonna talk about Modesty?

If they tell you that your clothes are not modest enough, If they tell you to cover because the way that you are covered tempts others, because the way you dress, does not impress, your Muslim mothers, and your Muslim brothers, ask them why, Why they tell you to cover before they tell their own…

The Truth About the Truth

I can’t stop thinking about it. The concept of the “truth” is something I’ve struggled to understand for some time now. The truth is the truth is the truth is the truth. It’s simple—but is it really that simple? I think life would be a lot easier if it was, but as experience goes to…

What does the Qur’an say about violence in the name of God?

We all know that an integral part of offering dawah is clarifying the misconceptions that many NonMuslims  (and sometimes, even Muslims) have about Islam. However, while many of us are enthusiastic about offering dawah and battling through Islamophobia, not many of us are informed of the proofs from the Qur’an that back up the claims…

Thoughts from my Religion Class

My thoughts during class aren’t that different than other students present in the class, because despite all our differences we are all still average students attending Rutgers University who to an extent, think of the same things. But what goes on in my mind and the minds of some other Muslims during our religion class…

The Idea of God

For the past couple hundred years belief in God has decreased drastically for many reasons. One of the most common reasons I’ve heard is that how could God create a universe with as much suffering as there is today? Why would a god allow so many children to die of starvation, cold, war, and so…

We Need to Celebrate Black History Month Too

Oh ummah, do I have a bone to pick with you. (Don’t I always?) February is coming to a close and with it, Black History Month is, too. What better time of the year to honor Black Muslims than now? Yet besides the Malcolm X event the Graduate MSA, a brand new initiative under the…

Seerah Intensive 2014

I wanted to write this post to share a great opportunity that I’ve recently experienced just so that you guys could become aware and maybe even take advantage of it. Over the winter break, I went to Texas for two weeks to learn about our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. This course was taught by Sheikh Abdul Nassir Jangda…

Standing Against Islamophobia at Rutgers

A week ago, it was revealed that the director of Rutgers Hillel, Andrew Getraer, tweeted and retweeted hateful messages about Muslims and Palestinians on his public Twitter account and in direct messages. Among the messages revealed in an article on AlterNet.org, Gertraer supported the false notion that Palestine did not exist before 1967 and wrote…

I Am Racist, and Sexist, and Homophobic, and Ableist, and…

I want you to do a quick exercise with me. For the next two days, any time you’re tempted to call something “gay” or “retarded” or “OCD” or to call someone “such a Jew” or “such a girl” or “so white,” replace the keyword with “Muslim.” “Dude, stop looking at me like that, that’s so…

apologies

by Jaweerya At fifteen, I walk into a store with my mother who wears a blush colored scarf, and I cling by her side as she asks the cashier which aisle carries the paper plates. When your mother speaks broken English you learn to become protective and memorize the exact places and times to glue…

Islam and the Issue of Racism in the NBA

This year has not exactly been trouble-free for the NBA. For starters, it was new NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s fist year taking over for long-time commissioner David Stern. And in his first year, there was no shortage of trouble he had to deal with, especially when it came down to racism. Let’s begin with the…

Dedicated to Rutgers

by Anonymous Tired eyes and rustled hair stared at me in the morning Her mouth pursed in defiance, “Don’t judge” Eyeliner besmudged. Pretty, as she always wanted, but I remember That she had been beautiful once. I feebly stood before her as Palaces of lies around me were built The parties roared on into the…

The NFL’s Domestic Issue and Islam

I’ll be blunt. There are a lot of issues with the NFL, and I mean a lot. From the fines players get, to the suspensions the players get, the unions, the alarming rate of concussions. But right now, nothing is standing out from the NFL more than the domestic violence from various players, and some…

Trial by Fire

It’s back to school for us, and that means being part of the cramped masses of tens of thousands of young people on four campuses on the Banks of the Ole Raritan. And being young people, there are inevitable challenges that we’ll face as these pleasant September days roll on, especially as Muslims.

The Problem with the Word “Miracle”

I don’t believe in miracles. Or at least I don’t believe we had any miracles for about 1400 years now. I’d even go so far as to say the idea of a miracle is one of the main reasons that pushed people away from Christianity, especially around the Renaissance era. A miracle is a surprising…

Face of Musa, Hand of Fir’awn

This advice is first and foremost for myself, before anyone else. Islam is beautiful, and it is us Muslims that sometimes give it an ugly face. It happens too often that a non-Muslim curious about Islam, or a less practicing Muslim, is pushed away by the behavior of the Muslim community. This Islam is interesting,…

Muslims Burning the Qur’an

Forget everything you may think about Islam and Qur’an burning. There needs to be a serious reevaluation of how Muslims deal with it. This issue first came to worldwide attention three years ago, when Terry Jones, pastor at the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, announced he would burn a bunch of Qur’ans on the…

The Soldier and the Niqabi—Can This Couple Stay Together?

Pictured above is the recent billboard that caused some serious buzz. It’s an ad by a company called SnoreStop, which makes an anti-snoring mouth spray, and it first appeared on a billboard in Los Angeles. It was such a successful campaign for the company (I mean, who heard of them before this controversy?) that they…

Unsolved Racism and Assimilation

I think this new generation, of which I am a part, has this idea we’re better than previous generations. We have many different types of friends. We have friends who are Asian, African, Arab, Desi, and more. But this hasn’t solved racism, and I don’t think this generation is more open-minded than the generations before….

The History of What was Once a Meat Market

THE AGE OF WOMEN By: Talal S. Perhaps the longest gestating stage in the history of a Muslim student association is the Age of Women. It is that time period when the sisters have taken charge of the organization. They are the ones planning, organizing, contacting, speaking, bonding, learning, teaching, and all other manners of…

Unity

By: DH A popular buzzword amongst Muslims nowadays is the concept of “brotherhood”. “The event is for brotherhood purposes…” “This is great for creating brotherhood”, and other similar statements are often heard as the tagline for organized events, and has become almost something of a subculture for Muslim youth (represented by groups like YM and…

Wasted Time

“And I keep hittin’ re-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat” By: Naseeha Five Muslims walked into PR, whipped out their laptops and headphones, and immediately became absorbed in Pretty Little Liars and Gilmore Girls. We see it all the time – time being wasted. When school season begins or when people are busy with jobs, we hear it constantly, “I…

World is a Mess

By: Naseeha The average American is stuck in a bubble. All he or she sees is this endless cycle of school, work, friends, family, TV, music, and some Islamic rituals (if its a Muslim were talking about). Were all drawn into and stuck in this fantasy world this world which makes us forget about our…

Reputation of Rasulullah

By: Muadh The bitter bite of grief sunk into the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassalam. Of all the tragedies he had faced, the one that he now experienced was painful unlike any other. The Messenger of Allah had just lost his sons, Qasim and ‘Abdullah. And as he went out of his house to…

The Forgotten Voices

By: Hadiya Abdelrahman She held her child and tilted her head towards the sky And she pleaded, “help”. She cut a piece of her sleeve and tied it around her bleeding daughters head, and hummed a tune that only pleaded, “help”. Meanwhile, across the ocean, Ahmad got ready For his big day. That tie is too…

The Deadly Disease

By: Naseeha I still remember my first day of MSA in High school. We had just formed the group and it was our first meeting. We decided to play an icebreaker game to get to know everyone. It was a predominantly white community, so there were literally about 6 Muslims in all together. Everyone was…

Sisters Claim

By: Hadiya Abdelrahman Muslim women have always been strong members of the Islamic society for centuries. They have been scholars, teachers, soldiers, merchants, and in highly respected positions throughout Islamic history. Then why is it that Muslim women are regressing in roles in today’s Islamic outlook? Every time I listen to a lecture geared towards…

Rethinking the Method of Islamic Revival

By: DH It doesn’t take much thought to realize that the Muslim Ummah today is in a declined state intellectually, spiritually, and politically. Once being the world’s hyperpower, the center of enlightenment and education, and the best when it came to their understanding of their deen and what it asked of them, living in a…

My Sheikh Said So

By: Naseeha Note: Quoted conversation may not be exact. I was dumbstruck – I felt stupid and idiotic. One minute I was feeling confident and the next I realized that I had just uttered something completely brainless. It was May 2009, and I was attending my first ‘real experience’ ICNA conference; the last time I…

We’re Just Facebook Friends

By: Naseeha Note: Please excuse my sarcasm…I get carried away sometimes. I hadn’t received one in a while. I was happy, relieved, and grateful. Not having to go through that pang of guilt…that annoying, nerve-wrecking hesitation and that strenuous inner conflict of ‘right and wrong’ over something so simple yet so complicated was a relief….

Drowned in Colors

By: Hadiya Abdelrahman The Prophet said: Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi). “I am not being racist, but sister, you must be careful of them (insert nationality or color)”. We…