On Elections

“It’s not about what the MSA can do for me; it’s about what I can do for the MSA.” These were a few of the first words I recall hearing during the first RU-MSA elections I attended my freshman year, and ever since, they’ve powerfully shaped my understanding of MSA. To many of you, MSA…

By Zahra Bukhari

Are You Bored?

Who was it that started the rumor that Muslims don’t have a single funny bone in them? Because I have a bone to pick with them. Ha! Sorry not sorry! This past year hasn’t heralded much good news for the reputation of our good Muslim brothers and sisters, so why not brighten the mood up…

When I First Fell In Love

When I First Fell in Love The fading topaz walls, the pictures of flags and names scribbled by a four-year old girl, attempting to make a new home hers. I remember the busy streets with police sirens, the high rusty gates of the abandoned garden. The smell of cous-cous and mint tea, perfuming the air….

By Zahra Bukhari

Over the past week we have been exposed to temperatures that have chilled us to our bones. Unlike others, we can go into our homes, enjoy a hot beverage, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. We can curl ourselves into our beds and pray that we never have to leave its encircling warmth. Unfortunately others…

The night will strike again, through this mind’s mist, deadening everything I hear.   That wanton smile maneuvers to your face; those rosy, sweet lips I shall never taste.   Do not entice me with your warped core.     Do not ensnare me; release, from this torn mind your image.     Do not…

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,…

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…

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….

Surah Fussilat, Ayah 33 Translation: ” And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah” By Rais Ahmed

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…

By Sadia Salman

Patience

How do you explain patience to an impatient soul? Is it like the persistent waves that hit the shore? Or is it like a mother’s forgiveness to the ones she bore?   Unanswered prayers and agony fill your heart, And doubts of ever achieving your goals depress you. For now, the world may seem so…

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…

La paz

Quote taken from this video. -Fiha Abdulrahman  

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…

Depression: A Muslim Taboo

It consumes you Engulfs your mind Your mind becomes captive Prisoner to the demon clenching to your thoughts And you know that they know And you know that they can tell But shh, don’t talk about it. You tell them, you try to explain And soon, they’re picking at your pieces, cast aside as damaged…

Power of Love

Though omnipresent force, some call it weak. Soft and hard, could it be both false and true? Some say it’s no more than a rosy cheek: Why, then, is a flower so hard to subdue?   Is it a power only in its action? No, for it lives beyond physical border, A long journey, sublating…

The First and The Last

Then they found one of Our servants whom We blessed with mercy from Us and whom We gave knowledge, a knowledge from Our own. (65) Musa said to him, “May I have your company so that you teach me some of the rightful knowledge you have been given.” (66) He said, “You can never bear…

On The Banks of Giving Thanks 101

Every November, a yearly reminder comes through the form of Thanksgiving. People sit around tables saying their thanks for everything and anything. As usual, someone must come in and interrupt to say that they should be thankful not just this one day but everyday of the year. Mostly, we roll our eyes and take their…

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…

By Rais Ahmed

Liberalization of the Muslim Community

Picture: a metaphorical social media flood. A tornado of posts- nay, an earthquake. Your newsfeed trembles at high magnitude in posts, this sheikh, that fatwa. The morning of Halloween, I prepared myself for the flood of posts that I have come to expect annually on this day. Typically, they’re very similar in nature: a detailed…

Sweet are you, in humbling display. I feel you trailing me, and shy away.   Why do you grasp me? I don’t feel you, yet you ensnare me.   Why do you run, endlessly? Your beauty, always shadowed, does not age.   Do not take me, leave me be,   squanderer, pilferer,   leave me…

By Zahra Bukhari

The Things I Carry

I carry the bittersweet memories of living in different cities, of my childhood innocence that left me long ago. I carry lipstick in my purse because I’ve been taught that it’s classy, at least that’s what they told me so. I carry poems because they entertain me much more than screens that broadcast humanity’s lows….

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…

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,…

Blood Moon

Tonight I went out to see a blood moon. On the night of Sunday September 28th, 2015, there would be a supermoon lunar eclipse that would be visible for exactly an hour and twelve minutes. The resulting visual to be seen would be a moon thirty percent larger than normal, bathed in a blood red…

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…

2:115 And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. By Michael Chuang

Voice of Love

I do not blossom, I am frigid, cold, awaiting the sun’s rays; I hear silence setting on a barren hillside, but joyous noise at the core. I sit here, alone. I sit here, the only one true to my name. I sit here, watching the mimics as they leave. They get plucked, only to die…

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…

By Zahra Bukhari

War

War is like a beautiful woman luring in the youth, Their boots thread the Earth and their hearts desire to reap its fruits. And when the surge of courage diminishes and the bombs hail high, Every young soul shall sigh. War then becomes an old wrinkled, ugly, hag That no one desires to be with…

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…

Eid and #IStandWithAhmed

First of all,  Eid Mubarak to you all. This is the day of sacrifice where Ibrahim was ordered by Allah (swt) to sacrifice his own son, Ismail, but instead Ismail was replaced and this has led to many Qurbani’s today. It is a day to remember that moment and celebrate it peacefully amongst our peers….

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,…

Ar-Rahman The Most Gracious Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful By Raees Ahmed

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Dua’Art

Stylized Supplications for Ramadhan اَللَّهُمَّ أَجِرْنِي مِنَ النَّارِ سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ Whoever says (the above) a hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea. [Sahih al-Bukhari; #7:168]  

The Cultural Condition of Charleston, SC

In the late evening of June 17th, 2015, a tragedy “visited” Charleston, South Carolina. Standing as a historic landmark of the vibrant city, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches of the south playing an important role for slaves pre-emancipation. The night of the shooting, members of the church were…