To The Convert

You are the backbone of this religion. After all, the companions were not born followers of the Prophet. You left behind the world you knew since your first breath, for one that was foreign, And traded it for the eternal garden. You studied in depth and came to this religion with conviction, Which is more…

A Withered Flower

It’s crazy How in the scope of one year A person can change so much   He walked with humility and kindness A kindness that I could not find in others He never spoke without smiling The beauty he exuded was unparalleled   But as all beautiful things, He quickly collapsed He became infatuated with…

Are You Okay?

Are You Okay?   I’m fine, okay, alright, better. I’m anything positive that my mind can come up with when someone asks “are you okay?” I’m fine. I’m okay. I’m alright. I’m better. Trying to say the words so that the person in front of me, piercing their eyes in my soul, is convinced. “I’m…

This is Not Me

S croll away there’s P robably a video I can watch, an E asy, quick halal drug I can laugh through A high-way to laughing like everyone, my pain isn’t real, my pain isn’t pain, my uncried tears aren’t making me melt into stone, my brain isn’t fazed, I am UnFazed on Weeknds, and smiling…

Leaving an Impact

A couple weeks after I entered Rutgers, someone asked me how I was doing. Even though, I got lost so many times and went on the wrong bus that ended up taking me around Douglass twice, I simply said, “Alhamdulillah, it’s  not bad”. He then asked me if I was active in the community and…

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…

Summertime Friendships

During the summer you meet many types of friends, the ones who are in your life only during the summer and those who are your friends all year round. You meet those who experience life with you for one day and then you never see them again. You have those who only hit you up…

How to Seize the Week of Eid-Ul-Adha

If you are reading this piece, you may be aware that there are five more days until Eid. But what you may not be aware of are the virtues of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Dhul-Hijjah is an eventful month, but for more reasons than the pilgrimage of Hajj. Dhul-Hijjah is jam-packed with important…

MSA ThankOff

Many of my life experiences have been highly influenced by years of constantly moving homes to chase the best school system, no matter where in the garden state it was.  Since I was continuously moving, there was always that fear that whether I liked it or not, I was going to lose some people on…

Keep Treading

        Every single day of our lives, we go through a multitude of situations that cause us to feel a plethora of different emotions. Some of these emotions are fleeting, while others seem to stay with us a bit longer. However, one of the greatest characteristics a Muslim can possess is being able to subconsciously…

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…