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…

Unmasked

Unmasked by Ibrahim Morsy My reflection in the mirror is not me The clothes I wear The color of my skin The language I speak These serve as a mask But all masks can be removed And left behind is something blind to our eyes yet I can see it so clearly A thing that…

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…

// Goodbyes and Hellos

December 31, 2017 6:49 PM Say goodbye to the past year and welcome the new year from the lessons 2017 and all your previous years have taught you. appreciate all of the good times reminisce on the memories and protect them give thanks to the people who walked into your life and were a huge…

Lost At Sea

I am an ocean made up of countless, boundless waves. I manipulate my water  the same way you manipulate other people.  Don’t get me wrong, you have some water in you too.  But your water is that of a lake,  yet somehow you managed to convince yourself — and me— that you’re an ocean. Perhaps  it was  the way …

My Thoughts During a Late Night Study-Session

My Thoughts During a Late Night Study-Session by Bara Elhag 1:00 am Friday   Screech, silent night, or Do something other than let me think this hard through hard- ships sail away from the oceans of Nubia in my mind and back to my homework—   I am resonating between organic molecules and inorganic thoughts…

Ant Hill

Watching the Ant Hill I sit beside The dwellings of the weak A colony where the strong reside A species at its peak A force the world of small abides The Power that they seek With a lazy hand, I sweep aside an army with a streak Without a place an ant can hide the…

A Love Letter

Assalamu Alaika Oh Messenger of Allah(ﷺ), You(ﷺ) entered your house one day so cheerful that Aisha(ra) said, ask Allah to forgive me and you(ﷺ) so sincerely replied, “Ya Allah, forgive Aisha her previous sins and her future sins and her public sins and her private sins.” She was so overjoyed that she fell into your(ﷺ)…

Dear Mom

Dear mom, Three years ago is the last time we spent a mother’s day together. We were at overlook hospital, all I could remember is how much I wanted you to get better and come home before I left for my summer job in Pennsylvania. This mother’s day is special to me because recently I…

Loss

The time during the loss is a time you don’t try to remember. You don’t try to remember the feeling of your heart getting ripped out of your chest. The tears that gushed out of your eyes as you prayed to your Lord for ease. The despair that fell so deep into your gut, you…

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…

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…

Insomniac

The ink in the pen of my thoughts never dries It writes about what was, is and could be, But is never fixated on its current disposition Just once do I wish I could concentrate on the now Without contemplation On my own reality   By, Ammaar Ahmed

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…

Love me, I won’t remember Hurt me, I’ll fall down Leave me, I’ll stand up Forget me, I’ve grown I won’t remember, love me I’ll fall down, hurt me I’ll stand up, leave me I’ve grown, forget me Forget me, I won’t remember Leave me, I’ll fall down Hurt me, I’ll stand up Love me,…

Moments of Peace

The door closes behind me and I feel immediate peace. It’s no surprise the DCC houses no more than a handful of people cramming for a late-night study. Certainly no Muslim would be caught in the prayer room, ten PM on a Friday night. I set my backpack down by the far wall. Walking slowly,…

Help Yourself

Dear Allah, I got a couple things to ask you this time around. I know they’re a bit trivial, and as much as people say I shouldn’t feel embarrassed of my du’as, I kinda am. But don’t mind me. Forgive my rambling thoughts. So I assume you noticed my lack of alarm clock for Fajr….

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 Am I Thankful For?

Before I answer that, you know what’s annoying? Trying to get home in time for Thanksgiving celebrations but instead getting stuck on a three-hour long train ride that’s been delayed an extra half hour lugging around your monster of a suitcase, all the while hoping you don’t collapse from exhaustion in the middle of Grand…

Be Yourself

Be yourself and never forget that. There will be people out there that will try to shoot you down. There will be people that are jealous of you, despise you, or even fear you. Fear you in that they think you could be a problem so they will try to take you down. Don’t let…

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…

Someone To Lean On

There are times when even I can not sleep at night. Want to know the reason why? Because I am always thinking about the stresses in my life and they will not go away. As much as I try to push it to the side they simply will not go away. I sometimes feel bottled…

Captain America

Drained from an extensive day of babysitting, I was sitting and watching the Avengers with my 5-year-old nephew. I had actually never seen the movie before and certainly had no interest to. The only thing that succeeded to reserve my attention was my nephew’s occasional shrieking and excitement at the appearance of Captain America. I…

My Story

So it’s that time of year again. No, not Eid. No, not the other Eid. No, it’s not National Beard Day. What kind of calendar are you looking at? Yes, my friends, it is time for the start-of-the-year MSA Kickoff event, and this year’s theme is Medieval Times, but you knew that already didn’t you,…

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…

Seeking the Night

Imagine you are sitting in your cubicle at work, nearing the end of your monotonous shift at your 9 to 5 job. You are thinking of how you will soon join thousands of other commuters during rush hour on the packed freeway. Suddenly, your boss comes up to you and makes you an offer: a…

We’ve come a long way from where we began.

Yesterday was the last official day of 2014-15 MSA, and tomorrow’s the last official event, Insha’Allah. It’s a bittersweet ending and we’ve definitely come a long, long way… so before we go, here are a few (a lot of?) words from some of the past year’s shura and specialty officers. Insha’Allah, there’s some benefit in…

#MuslimsOfRutgers: What College is For

The following was written precisely on the night after graduation on May 19, 2014 at 1:50 AM in my bed at home. “They say that the majority of communication between humans is non-verbal. I forget the exact percentage, but I believe it. I don’t know–maybe I’m just awkward (ok, maybe I’m very awkward). #CommunicationsClass Now…

#MuslimsOfRutgers: The Hamzas and a Game of Tag

An anti-fairy tale. There were once six boys named Hamza who were all between ten and twelve years old. Hamza Hussein was the smart one. Hamza Ahmad was the stupid one. Hamza Osman was the tough one. Hamza Dawud was the weak one. Hamza Mansoor was the noble one. And Hamza Laith was the wicked…

You Got This

I decided to clean my room today. Yes, this is blog-worthy news. I sat down on my bed and decided to show my sister-in-law my new journal, which led me to showing her why my old one didn’t work, which led me to showing her my past journaling attempts, which led me to looking through…

I’m Serious: Let’s Write a Book

I was thirteen years old when I wrote my first novel. I was thirteen, I did it in a month, I didn’t have an outline, and, frankly? I scarcely remember how it happened. All I know is I decided on October 31, 2008, that I was going to write a book. And I sat down,…

Black Heart

So something you may not know about me…. I like to write. I take this Creative Writing class every Tuesday and Thursday. We read pieces before every class and respond to them, and then the next class meeting we have to write something relating to that theme. Once we tackled the theme of faith, and…

To Be or Not To Be…

“To Be or Not To Be” is one of the most famous phrases of Shakespeare, nay, of all time. I moved to Jordan in 2010, and completed my high school education- which was 11th and 12th grade. When I came to live in Jordan with my grandparents, I was filled with doubt. I was beginning 11th grade, with barely…

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…

When We’re Young

This is my last blog post of the year, so I wanted to leave you guys with something meaningful, or at least something I learned recently I thought was really interesting. There’s a couple I know and have known for a long time. They’re interesting because even though they obviously love each other, they don’t…

Parting Words

Because yesterday was the last official day of 2013-2014 MSA, here are a few words from some of the past year’s shura and specialty officers. Insha’Allah there’s benefit in the words below, for at least one pair of eyes. And btdubs, we’re simply getting the conversation started. Leave your answers to these questions in the…

Makeup

I have OCD. Or at least OCD is one of my personality disorders. Everyone has personality disorders, and you can take online quizzes to find the percentage you have of each disorder. For me, OCD ranks pretty highly. Don’t let these first couple of lines fool you into thinking this post is about OCD. It…

The Little Things

In Islam, we’re required to do certain things. There are all types of small rules we should follow. When you make the effort to follow the sunnah, there are even more details to pay attention to. Rules vary from going to Hajj once a lifetime to cutting your fingernails on Fridays. From paying zakat once…

It’s Never Too Late—But Don’t Wait for the End

I introduced myself in my first post, but from now on I’ll share my father’s advice via Muslim fiction. Enjoy and benefit, Insha’Allah. ~~~ My name is Omar Islam, and this is my diary to keep track of my life changes and post-Rutgers journey. May 2013: Graduation Graduation day was long, hot, and extremely sweat provoking….

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….

My Father, My Identity

“Father, I know we cannot choose our family. This choice is made by the Almighty, and we only find out when we arrive in this world who our parents are. However, what I know and feel in my heart is that were I to choose my father, I would have chosen you, Baaba.” In Islam,…

Stress: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

The last month of this semester is upon us. We wrap up in a rush trying to accomplish as much as possible to avoid ruining all our hard work in the beginning of the year. It’s always a stressful time, perhaps filled with regret or fear. I have a few tips and tricks to deal…

Our Special Greeting of Peace

As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum, When I was in Middlesex County College, I didn’t see many Muslims. And while that saddened me, it also made me happy at the same time. I was happy/hopeful those missing Muslims were in institutions of higher education, but it was sad because I felt I couldn’t relate to a lot of people…

Fries and “Natural Flavorings”

Once upon a time, I loved eating french fries. Not just any french fries…McDonald’s french fries. Ohhhh. Yesssss. But then something horrible happened. I found out my beloved french fries were haraam. “For flavor enhancement, in the U.S., McDonald’s French fry suppliers use a very small amount of beef flavor as a natural flavoring during…

About Me by Zee

Bismillahi Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim AsSalaamu-alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu I thought about starting with something really lame like “Call me Zee because I like Z for Zabiha” but…that would be lame. The statement still holds true though. I love zabiha halal food :) I am very strict when it comes to eating zabiha halal. I understand…

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…