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Tips on Memorizing the Qur’an

Here are seven tips on how to efficiently memorize the Qur’an: 1.       Consistency is the Key The more frequently you sit down to review and memorize the Qur’an, the easier it becomes, so stick to a schedule of study. Motivate yourself by remembering that you can easily memorize three to…

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Why Alton Sterling and Black Lives Matter to me

As long as police brutality, systemic oppression of black people in this country, and racism occur, no person, Muslim or non-Muslim in this country should stand silent. #BlackLivesMatter should be a concern for every living person. Black people have contributed to the civil rights and benefit of our society for…

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Homecoming

A deep magenta shalwar chemise lay draped on the bed. I had not worn such things in years, but today, while visiting a Washington, D.C. suburb, a Pakistani aunty told me to come over to her house and pick one out. I selected the one with the richest hue possible…

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Fairytale Beginnings

Tiny Love Story “And what do you do?” so many have asked. “I tell stories,” the girl said. One by one they’ve walked away, not understanding the language she speaks. Until one day… “I tell stories,” said she. “Then you are brave,” said he, “and you should keep telling them….

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A Black Muslim on #MuslimLivesMatter

Last Tuesday, three Arab-American Muslim students, two of them newlyweds, were murdered execution style in their own Chapel Hill, NC apartment. The murders, and subsequent lack of media coverage, sparked widespread outrage among the Muslim community, which expressed its sentiments heavily through social media. What followed was an emotional response,…

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Marginalization, Isolation & The Women’s Mosque

If you’re upset at the concept of women creating their own space, then you truly have no idea how marginalized, isolated and emotionally, psychologically and spiritually abused many women are in our community – because of our community. If you’re angry, I hope you’re even more angered when you hear of…

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