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…

Muslims of MSA: Shameen

Shameen   Shameen is a freshman here at Rutgers, who is currently navigating life and becoming more introspective with her experiences. She reflects often, pulling from and immersing herself in memories that evoke feelings of gratitude and elation. When asked what her most treasured memory is, Shameen explains how it is too difficult to pick…

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…

Commuter’s Guide To Podcast

If you’re like me and you get sick of listening to music on repeat on your daily commute, then you’d appreciate the world of podcast. My obsession started with podcasts when I was introduced to them originally on Soundcloud. It was this talk about hair parting and how the reflection of the mirror shows the…

5 Insights in 5 Days

Every person we meet, every place we visit, every encounter, every moment in our life is not a coincidence, but a divine wisdom. There’s no such thing as a coincidence, everything happens for a reason. About a week ago, I went back home to Egypt to visit my family and for my brother’s wedding. From…

10 Reasons Why College will not be the best 4 years of my life

  College has been a transformative experience for me. I entered as a slightly awkward and extremely enthusiastic first-year, ready to tackle what I was told repeatedly would be the best four years of my life. Four surprisingly quick and extremely unique years later, I would like to write a response to all the aunties,…

Super Bowl 50 Preview

The time has come. Super Bowl 50 will be upon us this Sunday February 7th at 6:30 and boy does this matchup have a lot of intrigue. Cam Newton vs. Peyton Manning, essentially the new vs. the old “Sheriff”. WIll Peyton be able to survive the stifling Carolina defense? Will Cam evolve into the masterful…

Spring Recipes

As we commence the New Year, there is a glimmer of hope for spring. After this weekend’s blizzard, spring seems even further away. It’s hard to remember that spring is actually awakening when we can’t even feel our toes. But inshallah we must remember to have patience. The Quran states: Oh you who believe! Seek…

Undisplayed Art (Vacation Destinations)

In spirit of the past Charity Art Gala hosted by MSA’s Submissions and Hope team, I wanted to highlight a type of art we could not bring to the gala. And when I mean could not, by any laws placed on us, physically impossible. So I dedicated my time to bring forth this underrepresented art,…

The Pre-Fall Struggle

As September comes to a close, everyday becomes a slight crisis. You want to continue the feeling of syllabus week but you also have to study. Midterms are coming up, but you are in a state of denial. Eid just passed but you still want to party (which you can at the Eid Banquet). The…

The Ultimate RUcket List

On the brink of my Senior Year, I’m nothing if not nostalgic and apprehensive. Learning to get past that fear, I’m excited to finally work my way towards that triumphant feeling of crossing the last final item off my ever-growing #RUcketList (the ever famous Rutgers student version of a Bucket List, or things to do…

Islam and the Rutgers Busses

It is a fine autumn day while I stand at the College Hall bus stop waiting for the RexL. The bus stop is flooded with students and the inexperienced bus riders stand too far from the curb. Inevitably, they are all not going to be able to get a spot on the bus. As the RexL approaches,…

10 Reasons Why Being a Desi American is Awesome

1) Because we get to have hugathons on Eid with people we have never even seen before! 2) Who doesn’t love to take the smell of freshly cooked home food with them to school? 3) We can get tattoos in the convenience of our homes and without an ounce of pain. 4) We have mastered the…

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…

Palestine, Too, Is Worth Its Song

When we think of the Civil Rights Movement, what comes to mind? We think of the achievements and the victories, the marches and the protests, the struggles that eventually paid dividends. But the struggle for racial equality in this country wasn’t always in motion—there were bleak times, desperate times, where the injustices seemed insurmountable. For…

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…

Where I’m From

This is my first post of the new school year, so I thought that it would be best to start it as an introduction of myself. Usually, when a person talks about themselves they address the question “Where are you from?” I hate that question. I don’t hate it for the usual reasons people have. I…

Fighting Secondhand Smell: Desi Food and the Struggle to Smell Nice

So, dear readers, you have come to expect certain things when you visit my blog column. A certain amount of coherency. A certain level of restraint. A certain expectation of Islamic advice and righteous talk and yada yada yada. In a way, this blog column and I have become… predictable. Now, we can’t have that….

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 Modern Muslim-American Identity Conflict

This past Sunday on December 1, I was honored to be asked to speak at an event hosted by an organization called We Care. We Care is an Islamic based not for profit organization that aims to build a safe space for Muslim youth around the state and to provide them with academic, mental and social…

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…