You Had Me at Hello

Picture this. It’s the Monday after one of the chillest three-day-weekends you’ve had so far, and you just got out of your last class for the day. Fall’s finally here, so the sun is shining and the temperature’s at the kind of number that means you don’t have to hide your fingers in your sleeves…

The Anne Franks of Today

by Azka Mohyuddin The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – I’ve been thinking a lot about this book lately. As a recorded account of the life of a teenager in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Holland, Anne Frank’s diary serves to humanize that horror. It’s living evidence of what happens when…

Marriage Is Not an Accomplishment

by Hana Hamdi As a graduating senior I just wanted to put something out there, and Insha’Allah, you lovely readers will benefit from it in some way. Please read this with an open mind and open heart. Fist off, I want to inform you the reader a little bit about the current state of our…

Judgment: Leave It for the Last Day

by Ibaad Sadiq Once, there was a father, a son, and a donkey journeying to a distant land. As the father rode on the donkey and the son walked, they came upon a town. The people of the town said, “What is wrong with this father who rides on his donkey comfortably while making his child walk?” So the…

After Six Long Years

by Simoni Lu Vanu This past summer after six long years, I returned to my homeland, Sicily. My family lives and breathes Sicily, and I was raised in a traditional Sicilian home. We usually only travel to visit family, or for school or work. The word “tourist” has a derogatory tone attached to it. This…

Flight of the Moors Part 3: Burn All Your Ships

by Saima Usmani I never thought I would wake up in a convent-turned hotel in Spain to say, “Let’s go to Africa for a day.” Driving through Spain for a week with my family was certainly an adventure, but a whole chapter of our adventure still lay in Morocco. From Cordoba, the once-booming Islamic Empire’s…

Saad’s Photo Shop

by Saad Zafar Often, it seems people walk past such beautiful, breathtaking, even inspiring scenes. This, particularly, was something I came to know as I started out with Macro Photography. I got my first DSLR only last year in March, a used old Canon 350D (2005 model) at that, but it has been extremely fun…

Group Work & You: A Survival Guide

by Azka Mohyuddin The following is a simple guide for those working with others because as we all know… it’s not an easy thing to do sometimes. This advice can be applied to both group work in class and within an organization. 1. Oh no, the dreaded group project/team work… Regardless of how much it…

Flight of the Moors Part 2: No Victor but Allah

by Saima Usmani It is hard to believe that just over a month ago I was sitting in a car exchanging processed [halal] beef jerkies with my mother, cousin and brother in a rented van road-tripping through Spain. Our first stop was Cordoba, where we saw the Great Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, once the largest masjid of…

Flight of the Moors Part 1: There are no Mosques in Cordoba

by Saima Usmani My spring break was spent on long drives up-and-down Andalusian Spain’s mountains, running to make intercontinental ferries, and scouring the Spanish countryside armed with maps printed from Zabihah.com. Oh yes, and also failing miserably at living up to my current grade in Spanish 101. The trip to Spain was my mother’s vacation….

Myocardial Infarction

Tonight, a lovely guest post on which we can all ponder over and reflect… Almost everything I have ever started, I had a solid idea and plan of what I was going to accomplish…and that applied to virtually everything. So when I came to Rutgers, I had a game plan. But then things never do…

A Reply from a Brother

An anonymous brother responds to last night’s very popular post, “A Message to Brothers from a Sister.” And, please note, all this competitive energy will be put to good use for the benefit of MSA and Islam Awareness Week (April 7-11). Come to this Thursday night’s IAW-prep meeting (7:30 P.M. at Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Insha’Allah!)…

A Message to Brothers from a Sister

The following is a guest post from an anonymous sister to her brothers in Islam—just a few friendly tips of advice. Just because a sister is outspoken, do not assume she likes you. Did I mention she probably does not like you? (deserves to be stated twice) Please stop being paranoid and move on with…

Like One Body: Fighting Against Injustice

I’m sure you heard about President Barchi and the Board of Governors choosing Condoleezza Rice as this year’s commencement speaker and awarding her an honorary degree of law. Some of you may have read Barchi’s email to the students about his choice, the letters to the editor, or commentaries in the Targum detailing students’ opinions…

Confessions of a Senior

It’s my fourth and final year at Rutgers. Yup, The Real World is just around the corner, and I can’t believe it—even though my fate come May 2014 is now ever-so-officially documented on this MSA blog we call Submissions. In honor of the 2014 graduating class, I share with you 14 of my confessions: I…

Gay Rights: A Muslim’s Perspective

By: Anonymous Right off the bat, this is just a personal post. I do not intend to convey any marginalizing sentiment against gay people, nor do I speak for all Muslims/the religion of Islam. I am not out to light the spark for intense debate, because doing such a thing would be social suicide. The…

The Spouse-fier

By: Aslan With the rising problem of Muslim divorces, the CPMC has come up with a relationship saving product called the “spouse-fier”. One satisfied customer said “I dated 500 people and they were all worthless, but then I thought I’d do it the halal way, and bought the spouse-fier, and it got me a perfect…

Letter to Muslims on Campus

Dear Muslims on Campus, I’m going to make this is as brief as possible. I am as surprised as all of you to know that the NYPD was watching us – man they were living on our campus too! But this isn’t anything new. Big brother has always been watching us, and then we get…

Rewind

By: Jaweerya Mohammad History has a way Of coming back again, Like the ocean waves It travels back And hurdles toward Land again,   The Trail of Tears Have accumulated, Forming a river   That runs eastward, It drowns the people, Leaves bodies scattered, The people forced to leave Look back One last time, Before…