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…

I’m Counting the Seconds

I’m Counting the Seconds by Zak Kahn They say love lasts forever. That it’s some strong bond that can keep you at peace eternally. Maybe, they’re right about it lasting forever, but I imagine it differently. I’d say both pain and love last forever together in a symbiotic bond. Love is like the rose that…

Sisyphus Isn’t Real

Sisyphus Isn’t Real by Bara Elhag My arms, air and even hair sometimes feel dipped in hardship a stygian river surrounds me trying to sucking me in I’m making dua more air comes into my lungs clean air, i want to breathe air, the people of the deen air I want to dream air that…

Fight

Surrounded by enemies. Death is inevitable. They haunt you with the look in their eyes. They mock you as every second goes by. You’re alone against the foe. Everywhere you look, defeat stares you right in the eye. It’s hopeless. You can’t win. There’s no point. That’s what they say, but you don’t believe them….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Helpless Love

A mother’s love is strong Yet powerless at best Quenches the thirst for so long But has no water for the rest A dreadful inquisition Who lives and who dies A mother’s impossible decision Of tending to which child’s cries The prayer is always the same Only a different body to discern “From God they…

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…

How To Overcome Shaytan’s Whispers After Ramadan

All throughout Ramadan we strive to strengthen our iman by practicing self-control and resisting bad habits. We hope to create a closer relationship with Allah (SWT) by reciting the Quran daily, praying on time, attending taraweeh prayers, gaining knowledge on Islam and sharing it. In this month, the Shaytan is locked away and the doors…

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…

Standing Against Islamophobia at Rutgers

A week ago, it was revealed that the director of Rutgers Hillel, Andrew Getraer, tweeted and retweeted hateful messages about Muslims and Palestinians on his public Twitter account and in direct messages. Among the messages revealed in an article on AlterNet.org, Gertraer supported the false notion that Palestine did not exist before 1967 and wrote…

Dear Brother

Dear Brother, I sleep, but I do not rest. I eat, but I can not taste. I read, but I do not comprehend. I miss you like the moon misses the stars.

I Am Racist, and Sexist, and Homophobic, and Ableist, and…

I want you to do a quick exercise with me. For the next two days, any time you’re tempted to call something “gay” or “retarded” or “OCD” or to call someone “such a Jew” or “such a girl” or “so white,” replace the keyword with “Muslim.” “Dude, stop looking at me like that, that’s so…

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,…

I Love You, I Really Do

I love you I love you. I really do. Though sometimes I’m selfish and cruel, don’t forget that I still love you. I still love you with all of my soul and my heart that is weak with pleasure from seeking you. I love you, but I don’t know you. I search and search for…

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…

Covertly Doing Wudu in a Public Restroom

Public restrooms are just in general the worst. You know what’s even worse? Having to do your wudu in public restrooms. No one wants to get caught with their foot in the sink. No one wants to be that Muslim that makes other non-Muslims think we’re such weirdos (though the mainstream media does a good…

Islam and the Issue of Racism in the NBA

This year has not exactly been trouble-free for the NBA. For starters, it was new NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s fist year taking over for long-time commissioner David Stern. And in his first year, there was no shortage of trouble he had to deal with, especially when it came down to racism. Let’s begin with the…

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…

Trial by Fire

It’s back to school for us, and that means being part of the cramped masses of tens of thousands of young people on four campuses on the Banks of the Ole Raritan. And being young people, there are inevitable challenges that we’ll face as these pleasant September days roll on, especially as Muslims.

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…

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…

Islam: The Greatest Anti-Depressant

Brother Mazen Mokthar joined the Rutgers University MSA  yesterday night in Paul Robeson and shed some light on the issue of depression. He talked about the differences between sadness, minor depression, and major depression. He emphasized some depressions  occurred because of a chemical imbalance and some medical reasons, situations in which medical assistance should be…

The Disillusioned Du’aa: When Hardships Blind Our Answers

Du’aa (supplication) is an incredible power many of us have been conditioned to practice. When in doubt, we are told to make du’aa. When we need something, we make du’aa. When we are faced with a life decision, we make du’aa. We make du’aa over and over again, consistently praying for guidance and ease. Life’s stresses…

Wasted Time

“And I keep hittin’ re-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat” By: Naseeha Five Muslims walked into PR, whipped out their laptops and headphones, and immediately became absorbed in Pretty Little Liars and Gilmore Girls. We see it all the time – time being wasted. When school season begins or when people are busy with jobs, we hear it constantly, “I…

World is a Mess

By: Naseeha The average American is stuck in a bubble. All he or she sees is this endless cycle of school, work, friends, family, TV, music, and some Islamic rituals (if its a Muslim were talking about). Were all drawn into and stuck in this fantasy world this world which makes us forget about our…

Reputation of Rasulullah

By: Muadh The bitter bite of grief sunk into the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu ‘alayhi wassalam. Of all the tragedies he had faced, the one that he now experienced was painful unlike any other. The Messenger of Allah had just lost his sons, Qasim and ‘Abdullah. And as he went out of his house to…

The Clock is Ticking

By: DH Almost all of us are guilty of procrastinating at times in our lives; whether it’s beginning to study at the last minute of the day before an exam or catching up on a semester’s worth of homework halfway in, we’ve all done our fair share of not doing anything. It seems almost natural…

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…

Drowned in Colors

By: Hadiya Abdelrahman The Prophet said: Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi). “I am not being racist, but sister, you must be careful of them (insert nationality or color)”. We…

Brave Muslim

By: Hadiya Abdelrahman “Oh you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even though it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, be he rich or poor, Allah is a better protector to both (than you). So follow not your lusts, lest you may avoid justice, and if you…