The Merciful

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Donald Trump

By Bara Elhag   Demand wallflowers to stay silent Onyx lies glitter darkly as New Age slavery keeps Awakening old age Laments, we did not prepare eulogies Death, we always thought, was far   Tickets to our pain show are selling out Reuse racism, recycle hatred, remove Us out of the fabric of US Maybe…

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Aleppo: Here, There Is

By Talyah Basit A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the United Nations building. After meeting with representatives from two European countries, we were offered a tour of the premises. The tour guide, a slight woman from Madagascar with a penchant for irony, explained the layout of all the important meeting rooms…

On Endings

By Anonymous   Oh Turner of Hearts, grant me the power to resist To Resist the change that surrounds me Change, like the death of trees during the fall, Leaving nothing but carcasses behind.   Oh Turner of Hearts, help me resist Resist change With the same fire as those who resist oppression Resist change…

Getting to Jannah Without Judgement or Punishment

By Ghayoor Arshad After fajr I make it a habit to try and learn something new, whether it’s memorizing Quran or watching a lecture. I recently watched a video regarding the people who will be spared from any judgement or punishment on the Day of Judgement. I was in awe that there was even such…

A Comprehensive List of All the Presidential Candidates’ Policies

By Hira Shahbaz Hello, future voter! It’s that time of the decade again where the good citizens of the United States of America collectively decide on who should be our new leader, and seeing how this election season has been one giant crazy bus that has no idea that brakes are an invention, it’s safe…

UNFILTERED

By Puja Trivedi “We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known” -Brene Brown         One of the saddest moments that happens to me, quite frequently, is when a close friend, someone who I truly admire and love with all my heart, tells me how they’ll…

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WHICH SHURA MEMBER ARE YOU?

Want to know more about your Shura (E-Board)? Ever wondered which Shura member is most like you? Well now is your chance! Take the Buzzfeed quiz here to find out which Shura member you are! If you would like to get more involved with Submissions or would like to submit a piece please fill out this…

A Weird Female’s Thoughts on Marriage

By Kausar Ahmed Once Upon A Time, I came to the stage in my life where I couldn’t help but notice that everyone around me was getting married. It’s even harder when you go on a Muslim bridal page on Instagram and see all the beautiful brides with their handsome husbands and beautiful smiles. Often…

Suburbia and its Discontents

By Talyah Basit Scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a picture of a childhood friend hosting a dinner party. My friend stood poised in an embroidered Pakistani dress, the very figure of generous hospitality. She was framed in a spacious and well-lit house, which would have been meticulously prepared for the weekend dinner party,…

I’m Bad with Words

I’m bad with words 20 years, 3 languages, And I still have yet to find, A pen for my script, To make it legible and crisp.   I’m bad with words, I wish they were polished and ordered, Like strung pearls, Buffed and smoothed like sea glass. I’ll try again, But this horizon doesn’t know…

Literacy in the 21st Century

By Zeeshan Qureshi (Inspired by Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges)   ”I will never let my schooling interfere with my education.”- Mark Twain We are often told we live in the Information Age, and it’s true. Very true. First it was the internet, a whole wealth of information was available at the touch of a few keys on a keyboard.  Then…

Made (Make) Up

If I lived in a perfect world, I’d get rid of every pimple and blackhead on sight I’d permanently shave the little hairs that dare to appear, I’d set a foundation so perfect, That I’d be ready to face the world If I lived in a perfect , I’d find an eyeliner and draw the…

By Sadia Salman

Egypt—The People behind the Pamphlets

(Photo Source: Reuters) Iridescent in its own little way, his smile shows off a set of– well, mainly yellow teeth. I’m not sure which have been colored by the turmeric in the rice his family eats and which are yellow by neglect. He looks strongly into my eyes, still. His little hands crease more and more…

The Turmoils of the Self

I was asked a few weeks ago if I would be willing to pen a small piece on “the state of the Muslim Ummah.” I gladly obliged. Recent victims of terror include those in Istanbul, Baghdad, Dhaka, and Kabul. Places like Syria, Palestine, Yemen, and Kashmir are living through occupation, war, and instability. Our sisters…

My Ummah, My Blackness

I am Muslim. I am Black. I am a woman.   I like to call it the triple threat, though more often than not, it simply means that my experiences in America are compounded thrice over, for better or for worse. I experienced hope in seeing the nationwide mourning of Muhammad Ali, then fear as…

5 Ways to Add Weight to the Scales this Ramadan

“Ameen…Ameen…Ameen,” The Prophet (PBUH) said while climbing the steps of the mimbar before giving the Khutbah. The companions ask him, “Oh Messenger of Allah, why did you saying Ameen 3 times when climbing the mimbar.” He (PBUH) answered, “Angel Jabriel came to me and said 3 duas and I said Ameen after each one.” One…

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,…

Rutgers Jummuah: A Narrative History

Disclaimer: These are my personal thoughts, reflections, and feeling. The aim of this post isn’t necessarily to be historically, proportionally, or chronologically accurate, but to instead give an overall feeling of what Rutgers Jummuah has meant to me for the past four years, why I think that it’s important, and what I believe the most…

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…