by Rutgers University Muslim Students Association



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, family members and distant friends who can’t help but continuously remind me that the best four years of my life are over. For all you nay-sayers, here are my Top 10 Reasons why College will not be the best four years of my life:

1. It’s not all downhill from here. And seriously, who even says that?!

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2. You’re escaping the Rutgers screw- need I say more?


3. In the real world, there’s no Webreg screwing you over. Now you have no reason to throw your laptop across the room!


4. Post-graduation life (hopefully) is free of roommates who steal your last granola bar or take hour long showers.


5. The lack of tuition should save you just about enough money that you’ll no longer feel like you’re living a series of National Treasure trying to locate free food on campus.

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6. All nighters. Please raise your hand if you’re going to miss staying up till 4 am working on a paper that numbs your brain, until you give up and increase the font size and shift margins and pray that your professor won’t notice.

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7. Lack of tuition = more money = no more cheap and gross coffee! Spend that money where it matters most.


8. Group projects. Enough said.submissions 8.gif

9.The uncomfortable feeling of being surrounded by a (what feels like) a million bodies on a crowded LX.


10. MSA?

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SIKE, just kidding.

In all seriousness, most of us seniors are only slightly coming terms with the fact that these incredible four years are ending. It’s a sad reality that we have to accept, but inshAllah these four years will not be the best four years of our lives. These four years have been incredible and unforgettable, but they’re going to serve as the means to a greater and more successful future. Here’s to 4 amazing years, and inshAllah many more.

“How lucky I am to have known somebody and something that saying goodbye to is so damned awful.”



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 running, athletic QB we have not seen since Michael Vick in his prime? Can Josh Norman shut down Demaryius Thomas? How many interceptions will Luke Kuechly have? Can Cam run over a Broncos defense lead by Von Miller, Demarcus Ware, and Sylvester Williams? There are so many questions that need answering and I am gonna answer them

Cam Newton vs. Peyton Manning?

Old generation vs. New generation. In what very well be Peyton Manning’s last game this game should have some real intrigue. But let’s get into this All-Star QB matchup.

Peyton clearly is not his old same stuff, largely due to injuries. This season he only had 9 TD’s and a whopping 17 interceptions to go along with a 59.8% completion percentage in 10 games. Extremely un-Peyton like. And at times against the Steelers, he looked incredibly uncomfortable against the defense. It was the Broncos defense that really led them as the Broncos were actually down for most of that game. Same with New England. In the 2 playoff games against them, his completion percentage was only 55.1% and boasts a QBR of just 34.5. Not very good. BUT. This is Peyton Manning we are talking about. A guy who has been their (third super bowl) and won a ring to go along with 26 playoff games. The experience is clearly there. He is a clutch QB that when hot, defenses will be begging to get off the field. If he can find the fountain of youth the Broncos will have a chance, but they gotta stop this next guy.

Cam Newton has unquestionably been the NFL’s MVP leading the Panthers to an incredible 15-1 record that was only a TD against the Falcons away from 16-0. This guy is an athletic freak. His QB skills were on point with 35 TD’s and just 14 interceptions this season. But it’s his running ability that makes him the biggest dual-threat in the game. He had 636 yards with an average of 4.8 yards per carry. These are Michael Vick in his prime numbers. And in the playoffs, he’s only gotten better. A QBR of 84.0 and a completion percentage of 70% in two playoff games that included a whooping of the 13-3, #2 seed Cardinals 49-15. He has been beyond impressive especially with the receiver talent he has had to work with. He does not exactly have a Pro Bowl receiver. He’s been able to do a lot with less and that’s why he’s been so special leading the Panthers to a #2 ranking in offensive efficiency. They may not be flashy, but they are efficient and Cam is a huge reason.

Advantage: Cam Newton, Panthers

Denver Offense vs. Carolina Defense

This is the main match-up that can really decide the game. Looking at what Peyton has, his receiver talent exceeds that of the Panthers boasting the likes of Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Owen Daniels, and Vernon Davis. His running back play of Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson has been very solid. Neither of them are 1,000 yard rushers, but they get the job done. Peyton too can turn a nobody into a somebody. Peyton personally makes a wide receiver’s career.  However, it is not without flaw. The O-line does have injuries most notably Ryan Clady, an all Pro-Bowler that protects Peyton’s blindside he is out. Their overall offensive efficiency was ranked 23rd overall. The Broncos’ offense is one of the NFL’s worst red zone units (47.7 percent conversion rate, 28th overall). Denver’s QBs (Manning and Osweiler) threw just 13 TDs inside the 20 this season, compared with a league-high 26 in 2014. They’ll face a Carolina defense that’s stout in the red zone (52.5 percent, 10th overall) and overall allowed opponents to score on just 26.5 percent of drives, the lowest rate in the NFL. Demaryius Thomas, a guy who had 1,304 yards in the regular season has been nowhere to be found in the playoffs gaining only 52 yards and 0 TD’s in 2 games. He will be facing Josh Norman, who is widely considered as of now the best CB in football. Good luck. But this is the Broncos and this is Peyton Manning. When hot, this offense can be explosive like in 2013 when they scored a record-breaking 606 points in the regular season with Peyton having 55 TD’s (an NFL record) that season. Most of the guys from that team are still there. This is a big-play offense that should not be overlooked. The Broncos may not have been good offensively, but Peyton was injured. Imagine him healthy. But the Broncos will have their hands full.

This Panthers defense can be argued as the best in the NFL and the hardest the Broncos will face all season. Boasting an overall #2 defensive efficiency ranking this defense is absolutely vicious. Lead by the defensive MVP Luke Kuechly, who you can argue is just as important as Cam, Thomas Davis, Josh Norman, Cortland Finnegan, Kurt Coleman, and the never aging Roman Harper, this defense has made offenses suffer. Just ask the Cardinals who only mustered 15 points and the Panther defense had an incredible 6 takeaways from a team that many considered to be a well-rounded team in the Cardinals. So much for that. Josh Norman has widely been in the news for getting the better of the likes of DeAndre Hopkins,, Dez Bryant, Allen Robinson and who can forget about Odell Beckham…and I’m a Giants fan. Norman has shut his receivers down and has rightfully backed up his talk. With Thomas not producing for the Broncos this playoffs, Norman is sure to shut him down too. I do expect it. Then, there’s Luke Kuechly. This is guys is really good. So good, that as a LB, he already has 2 interceptions, in the playoffs. He is the defensive leader of this team leading in tackles with 118. He is probably the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. These are only 2 of the many Panther names The opponent QBR against them is 32.3, very similar to Peyton’s QBR. Peyton needs a big time and not like his old self if he want to beat this team.

Advantage: Panthers Defense

Carolina Offense vs. Denver Defense

Like I said before, Cam has turned a no name receiving corps outside of TE Greg Olsen, into an incredibly efficient offense, ranking #2 overall in offense. They also boast the #2 rushing offense in terms of yards lead by Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert, and yes, the QB Cam Newton with 2,282 yards this season. This is a dual-threat offense where there is balance between pass and run. On pass, be wary of Greg Olsen who had 1,104 yards this season and 190 yards in 2 playoff games. He is the go-to target for Cam Newton. Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery are targets as well. Ginn is much better served in special teams. Cam Newton threw 68 passes of 21 yards or more this season, tied for the third most overall. And Newton torches blitzing defenses. 23.3 percent of Newton’s completions vs. the blitz went for 20 yards or more, compared with just 13.9 percent when defenses didn’t bring heat. And Denver is third overall in QBR allowed when they blitz, but Cam can torch the blitz which is why he is such a threat. His QBR vs. the blitz is 80.4, good for 7th in the league. He can perform under pressure. And the O-line of Oher, Norwell, Kalil, Turner, and Remmers have been spectacular and a huge reason why the run game is so good. Like I said before, the names are not flashy, but they are efficient and a dual-threat, which makes them so lethal.

However, as good as the Panthers are on offense, their was only one team that was above the Panthers in defensive efficiency, and that what the Denver Broncos ranked #1 overall. This is the hardest defense the Panthers will face and for good reason. DC Wade Phillips has done an unbelievable job boasting the best defense in the NFL with the likes of Demarcus Ware, the sack happy Von Miller, Aqib Talib, a CB who can also argue he’s the best, Chris Harris JR. Danny Trevathan, and T.J. Ward to name a few. If you thought the Panthers LBs were good, wait till you see the Broncos of Ware, Miller, Trevathan, and Brandon Marshall (no not the WR). This defense gets the sacks. 52 in the regular season leading the NFL with Von Miller accounting for 11 of them. Oh speaking of Miller his 2.5 sacks in the playoffs are third overall in the playoffs. Cam might be good against the blitz, but Cam has not played a defense that can get to the QB like this. Total Defense, Denver was #1 in the regular season with only 4,530 yards. And in coverage this team is fantastic boasting #1 in overall passing yards and receiving yards in all of the NFL. They also had the most interceptions in the NFL with 23. Lots of #1 overall ranking for this defense As good as the Panthers offense is, they have not faced played a defense as widely touted and physical as this one. They will have their hands full.

Advantage: Denver defense


I fully expect this to be a defensive battle in the end. As good as Cam and Peyton are, the defenses they both have will really decide the game. It can also be dependent on who keeps the defense off the field better. With Cam and that Panthers offense having a dual-threat offense and we do not know what Peyton will bring, as much as anyone would love to see “The Sheriff” win this game that could possibly be his last, the Panthers offense is such a dual-threat and hard to contain along with their defense they should come out on top.

Panthers: 23, Broncos: 14

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 help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere. (Chapter 2, Verse 153)

We must remember to have sabr (patience) with everything and remember that Allah (SWT) does not test us with anything we cannot handle. With MSA’s Spring Awakening event and these 3 smoothie recipes, you will have the patience when remembering what it was like to embrace a spring breeze.


Breakfast Smoothie

A good way to say good morning. Bananas are packed with vitamins, energy, and potassium.


(3 Servings)

2 Banana, Sliced

1 Cup Blueberries

2 Cup

2 Dates, pitted

½ Cup Yogurt

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

2 Tbsp Honey, to taste


Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve.


Raspberry & Strawberry Smoothie


Raspberries and Strawberries are a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Raspberries have been credited to help with healing processes.


(2-4 Servings)


1/3 Cup Raspberries

½ Cup Strawberries, halved

1 Cup Yogurt

1 Cup Milk (or Almond Milk)

2-3 Tbsp Honey, to taste


Press the raspberries through a strainer into a bowl using the back of a spoon. Discard the seeds in the strainer.

Put the raspberry puree, strawberries yogurt, honey and milk into a blender. Process until smooth and combined then pour into glasses and serve.


Tropical Smoothie


Pineapple and papaya are rich in anti-oxidants and contain digestive system stimulating enzymes


(2-3 Servings)


1 Cup Diced Papayas (or mangos if papayas aren’t your thing)

½ Cup Diced Pineapples

2/3 Cup Milk

1 ¾ Cup Yogurt

2 Pitted Dates, to taste (or Honey)


Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve.

Dumb Ways to Die

I sometimes feel like I think way too much. I need to stop.
Now some people might say: What a silly conclusion! Why Hira, you spend way too much time thinking about the most useless things in the world! And that, my friends, is something that hits way too close to home.
But really, you might not want to jump into my head to see what bizarre thoughts I come up with. Some people like to think about the mundane things in life: what do I need to get for today’s groceries, where are my keys, did I do my homework? And that’s fine. Some people like to think about the deepest thoughts in the dead of night: What is life? Why do humans have opposable thumbs? Are aliens real? How come everyone except for me has a job? That’s also fine.
Now me: I like to think about the many ways you can die. Specifically at Rutgers. And then post them online for Rutgers students to see.
This is slightly less fine.
These are the fruits of my wacky (read: psycho) contemplations that will leave you forever hanging in a perpetual limbo of anxiety and panic. Because nowhere is safe, I present to you, Dumb Ways to Die: the Rutgers Edition.

1. Eating at Brower. I know, it’s an overused joke that only freshmen make nowadays in order to look funny in front of everyone, but I’m gonna expand on that and tell you that all of the Rutgers dining halls give the same result, whether it’s Livingston or Brower. It’s just a matter of time before your body begins to reject such disgrace and calling it “food.” For those of you who live on-campus, I understand that this cannot be avoided.
It was nice knowing you.

DWtD #1 - dining hall

2. A giant, conflagration on the bus. All those disconcerting sounds coming from the engine feel like the bus is going to come crumbling down into a big, fiery mess. I’m just waiting for the time that all those students that pile into an already cramped bus are gonna make it break down at some point, which will cause the students to get so angry that they’re late for class for the umpteenth time this semester and generate one huge, collective brain meltdown–
You can tell I’ve had this experience.

DWtD #2 - bus fire

3. Alhamdulillah, hallelujah, thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You find one of them fancy single-person unisex bathrooms and a feeling of immense worriment lifts from your shoulders as you tentatively open the door. This is the first time you get to do Wudu in peace ever since that embarrassing little situation not too long ago when you got caught by some poor bewildered individual with your foot in the sink, thinking you could put your sneaky-ninja abilities to use and failing miserably. You thought you would’ve died of embarrassment.
Well, thankfully you didn’t… until you slip on that puddle someone else made before you had come in, who had the same idea in the same bathroom while they were doing Wudu. Wudu-ception.

DWtD #3 - wuduception

4. It’s finals week, so you have all five of your notebooks open in front of you from that one class that’s practically only consists of huge graphs and diagrams (curse you, math). You pick up this paper, then that paper then back to the first paper, your eyes go cross-eyed, and the next thing you know you have paper cuts all over your body and are now bleeding out onto the floor. Studying = death. So don’t study.
Or switch to a laptop.

DWtD #4 - paper cuts

5. We’re all college students: up to date with the latest technology, social media, the works. Therefore, we are practically fused to the Internet and, in turn, our devices that provide that link to us. Our devices, like our laptops, phones and tablets that earn the ire and irk of mothers and fathers aplenty, are necessary in our day to day lives, whether it’s for school or recreation or anything in between.
You know, I’m not going to be that surprised when my eyes start to dry and shrivel up after extensive and consistent use of my laptop screen that’s been radiating fluorescent light at me for a majority of my day, every day. If my eyeballs pop out, that’s simply going to be a natural effect of my unhealthy screen-viewing habits.
My mom thinks that’s how I’ll go.

DWtD #5 - tech killing eyes

Okay, so these scenes are getting a little bit ridiculous. But the main thing that I want to be delivered here, through horribly-executed deadpan humor and silly sketches done at two AM in the morning (hey, they were funny at the time), is that we have no idea when we will leave this world to be reunited with Allah.
The prospect that death is just around the corner may come as an unwanted scare to us, but it can also fill us with a sense of determination, if we choose to. Just changing our mindset, our outlook on certain things can give us that boost of inspiration, that energy to get those minds in overdrive. Because if we put things off to tomorrow, if we let laziness take over, if we decide to pass up on that opportunity…
Who knows? Maybe one of these things may get you in the end.

Hira Shahbaz

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, Islamic architecture. Unfortunately I am not majoring in architecture but I believe these masjids do an amazing job of attesting for themselves. Since the inception of Islam, Islamic architecture has been dosing people with domes, minarets, intricate motifs, tiles and calligraphy. Through this short list I would like to remind myself and others of the beauty of  Islam and its influence on different cultures. The splendor of  the following pictures does not fully capture the magnificence of each masjid. One of the hardest tasks of appreciating eclectic masajid from around the world was creating a concise list to share. Next time you go on vacation, make sure to put these destinations on your list.  

  1. Masjid Al-Haram

As always the most wonderful place, and most near and dear to the Ummah’s heart is Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. If any of you have ever visited (may Allah make it possible for all of us to visit inshallah), you will understand how this masjid takes the top prize.

2.  Masjid Al-Nabawi

A 4 hour drive from Mecca to this resting place of Prophet (SAW). Every part of this masjid vibrates radiance. The calligraphy within the walls delicately intertwining in the ceilings. The green dome standing tall and proud within the most beloved part of the masjid. Outside magnificent umbrellas open to shade the devout Muslims from Saudi Arabia’s basking sun. It is one of the most serene and pristine places in the world.  

(Photo by Danish Razvi) 

3. Great Masjid of Xi’an

Easily one of the oldest masjids in China, this architectural piece integrates Islam into the vast country. Gardens and courtyards surround this place of worship. A Chinese pavilion stands proud in tall, welcoming people to the prayer. Summer of 2016 is not coming fast enough.

(Photo by Isaac Torrontera) 

4. Taj Mahal Masjid

This masjid gives you another great reason to visit Taj Mahal. Created as a compliment to the massive edifice, this masjid serves to bring elegance to observing prayer.  

(Photo by Nik Daum)

5. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Masjid

Sitting on its own lagoon, this masjid in Brunei does not allow one enough breath to even say breathtaking. If you want a stunning view of Bandar Seri Begawan, take the elevator in the minaret to the top. To top off this masjid is a dome of pure gold.

(Photo by Yasir HMAD)

6. Masjid Al-Aqsa

Found in the historic world of Jerusalem, Masjid Al-Aqsa is an integral part of Islamic history. There is no better way to appreciate the vast history of this holy site then going.

(Source: Lost Islamic History)

7. Al-Saleh Masjid

Please procrastinate and enjoy this 3D tour of this modern masjid.

(Photo by Fatima Almutawakel)

8. Sultanahmet Masjid (The Blue Masjid)

Turkish architecture can parallel to no other art. Sultan Ahmed Masjid sits within the cross-continental city of Istanbul. Blue mosaic tiles give it the nickname of the Blue Masjid.

(Source: Best Photos Ever)

9. Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid

Tall in the city of Colombo is this red and white patterned masjid. Integrated within the lively streets, Jami Ul-Afar blends Moorish and Russian architecture.

(Photo by Unknown)

10. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid

Claiming its spot as the largest masjid in the Phillipines, this masjid attracts a large amount of tourists from all over the world. This masjid was funded by Hassanal Bolkiah the Sultan of Brunei, mimicking some of the style of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Masjid.

(Photo by Mohamad Calolong)

11. Shah Cheragh Masjid

In order to visit, one must be warned by the amount of luster contained within this architectural wonder. Nicknamed the Mirrored Masjid, almost every inch of this masjid is covered with reflective surfaces, dazzling any person to come and worship.  

(Photo by Unknown) 

12. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Masjid

This masjid speaks for itself.

(Photos by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center)

13. Masjid Kristal

Another contender for the  most astonishing masjid is this one made from steel, crystal, and glass. It sits on the island Wan Man of Malaysia, a part of the vast Islamic Heritage Park.  

(Photo by Wan Taquddin)

14. Badshahi Masjid

The second largest masjid in Pakistan, this masjid was once the biggest in the world. Red stone adorns the outside with sophisticated carvings surrounding the building. A courtyard helps to hold overflow of tourists and locals during prayer times.

(Photo by Muhammad Ashar)

15. Masjid Raya  

Octagonal in shape, this masjid is influenced by Moroccan, European, Malaysian, and Middle Eastern architecture.

(Photo by Unknown)

Honorable mentions:

  • Nasir Al-Mulk Masjid
  • Sheikh Lotfollah Masjid
  • Jumeirah Grand Masjid
  • Sabancı Central Masjid
  • Agha Bozorg Masjid
  • Masjid-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan (lowkey the Hogwarts of masajid)
  • Akhmad Kadyrov Masjid
  • Al Noor Masjid
  • Şehzade Masjid
  • Nur-Astana Masjid
  • Mecca Masjid
  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Masjid

I apologize if I did not bring justice to any of your favorite masajid. Inshallah after looking through endless photos I am making sincere du’aa that we can all see and pray in these masajid within our lifetime.

–Fiha Abdulrahman

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 weather does not help either because you do not know whether to take out your fall wardrobe or stick to summer clothes. We are stuck between the lines of a new school year and summer vacation vibes and it is really hard to bounce out. It’s the struggle period in every aspect. But have faith and no fear. In the Quran, Allah (SWT) says, “Verily, with hardship there is relief” (Qur’an 94:6). So take a deep breath, and plan out your upcoming weeks. Do not leave everything for last minute because we all know how that works out. Treat yourself once in awhile, although try to limit yourself from over treating (five minute shouldn’t segue into four hour marathons of Parks and Rec, no matter how tempting). Set time aside to study by yourself and make study groups to force yourself into staying on task. It’s okay to say no to social events, there always will be more after you, satisfyingly, get an A on your exam. Overall, the trick is to do what comes best for you. Make loads of dua and ask others to reciprocate the love. Inshallah everything will turn out fine. Afterwards, when it is truly fall, you can celebrate.

And with what you may ask? There are essentially two things that signify to me that fall is here to stay. Pumpkins and white hot chocolate. Everything transforms into a version of pumpkin spice, from shoes to bread. Fall becomes a pumpkin spice fest. Alhamdulilah, I am here to grace you all with two recipes that will make studying a bit more bearable, telling people you can’t come out of the library something you look forward to, and relaxing a bit more fun.

Cookies are the bane of my existence and they will be for you too after you try these Pumpkin Spice cookies. Never has saying another one been more relevant.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Time: 2 hours (trust me it’s worth it)

Oven Temperature: 325


1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or regular salt)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cloves

1 stick of unsalted butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 cup pumpkin puree


1) Melt the butter and then let it cool.

2) Take out two separate bowls. In the first one, mix the butter with the brown sugar. Then add and make sure to fully incorporate the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla into the mix.

3) In the other bowl, fully mix together the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

4) Slowly start adding the flour mixture into the first bowl. Do it in small batches, making sure that everything is mixed evenly.

5) By now the dough should be soft and fairly uniform. Pour the dough into saran wrap (plastic wrap) and completely cover it. Then put it into the freezer for about an hour.

This will help the cookie come out moist and soft for days.

6) Make the dough into balls and put them onto a tray covered with a baking sheet.

7) Bake the cookie for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are slightly brown

Let the cookies cool completely and then enjoy!

(Baker’s note: Don’t be afraid to add chocolate chips. Do whatever makes your heart content. Also bread flour is the best for making the cookies ultimately beautiful. But as a college student I can confirm that nobody has time for that.)

*Adapted from HandletheHeat  

After you’ve spent the time loving the cookies, you realize it needs a drink companion. That’s where White Hot Chocolate comes in.

White Hot Chocolate

Yield: 4 cups (or 1 depending on how much you are willing to share)

Time: 15 minutes


3 1/2 cups of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

6 1/2  ounces of white chocolate (could be chocolate chips or a bar)

Chocolate syrup or whipped cream (optional)


1) Make sure to chop up the chocolate if it isn’t already in chocolate chip form.

2) Pour the milk, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon into a saucepan.

3) Keep the stove at a medium heat.

4) Occasionally stir the contents, making sure the mix simmers but does not boil.

5) As soon as the simmering starts, take the pan off the stovetop.

6) Pour the white hot chocolate into 4 cups.

Put whipped cream on top and drizzle it with chocolate syrup. Hopefully you will love it as much as I do.

*DISCLAIMER*- We are not responsible for any instant deaths due to the amount of love these recipes have. Enjoy with caution.

Inshallah it’s lit.

-Fiha Abdulrahman

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 before you graduate). I imagine that moment to be awe-inspiring and ever-so climatic; picture: Judd Nelson pumping his fist triumphantly at the end of the Breakfast Club, or the heartwarming feeling you get after finishing that last verse Al-Nas, a long journey that lead you to that moment. Well, the start of my bucket list was that crisp feeling of opening the Qur’an and reading the first verse of Al-Fatiha, and I’m finally getting to my Al-Nas.

And now, for all of you out there- take some notes. Three years in this making, here is a small glimpse of Inayah’s Ultimate RUcket List. Seniors, gear up to get down to business, and freshmen, start early! It’s about to be an adventurous four years.

  1. Attend (and participate in) a Rutgers Football Game

All you naysayers or non-fans of sports, give our games a try! I promise, the energy and enthusiasm is contagious and before you know it, you’ll be cheering along.

Photo Credit: Karla Dimatulac


2. Drag your friend, and some food, to a picnic at the Passion Puddle

Unarguably one of the most gorgeous spots at Rutgers

passion puddle
Photo Credit: Deviant Art


3. Explore the free Museums on campus

The Geology and Zimmerli Museums on College Avenue are both free for Rutgers student with a valid Student ID.

Photo Credit: Don Hamerman, NJ Monthly.

4. Go star gazing at the Astronomy Tower

Note: They operate every other Thursday after 9 on Busch

Photo Credit: Kristen Huang


5. Stuff your face at the Grease Trucks

You didn’t do it right unless you feel like exploding when you’re done. (Or the healthier/less guilt-inducing version, Knight Wagon)

Photo Credit: Inayah Lakhani

6. Walk across all 4 campuses

My personal preference is to do this on one of those brisk Fall days, right after Fajr. Get in some good exercise and take a moment to soak in your beautiful campus, subhanAllah.

Photo Credit: JRS Studio
Photo Credit: JRS Studio

7. Find a hidden place on campus  

10 points for all your adventurers who can guess this location!

Photo Credit: Ammaar Ahmed


Bismillah. Ready, set, explore! #InayahontheBanks

“It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days” – Isabel Waxman

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, the crowd scrunches nearer to the curb, and I think to myself that I must get on the bus, for the next one does not come for another twenty minutes. The bus stops and the doors open. A mad rush ensues: our primitive animalistic urges exude as we push and climb in front of one another. I luckily make it past the white line, yet I am bombarded with people on all sides of me. The bus is hot and uncomfortable.

I have come to realize now that it is not only the Rutgers busses that are burdensome, but most of our journeys in life will cause hardship; however, we must struggle through them to get to our final destination.

Even in our faith, we find it difficult to achieve our end goals, whether it be reading more about the religion, promoting the faith, or practicing it. Like the busses, we must make stops during our journey, since there is never a direct route to where we are traveling, but there can be several correct routes. Prayer was one thing that I often struggled with. It is hard to keep concentration, yet with much effort it is possible to attain full focus while praying. Success can never be achieved without strong effort, just like the busses. Without an iron will to get on the bus you will not go anywhere. Although the Rutgers busses are almost unbearable to journey in, they do get us to where we want to go, no matter how slow and uncomfortable the trip, and that is what matters. Finding spirituality and a relationship with God is very hard; however, if we continue to struggle it is possible to attain.

This analogy can be used for all aspects of life: education, love, friendship, etc. As we begin this new semester we should bear in mind that hard-work paves the way to success. As I exit the bus at the Livingston student center, I realize that this is what life is: a long, sometimes uncomfortable bus journey, which does, however, lead us to our destination.

–Hasan Habib

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