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Confessions of a convert

Image Source: Urban Outfitters Deciding to convert to Islam puts you in a ‘group’, there is no doubt. While none of us want to be ‘put in a box’ by others metaphorically, it seems that deciding to think outside of your birth-given ‘box’ can open up a whole can of worms. A ‘minority within a…

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Ramadan…it’s just a game.

You may have noticed the picture of me (Selina) and my sister Nafisa on the ‘About’ page, I was heavily pregnant then. Alhamdulillah,  I had a baby boy, Eesa and already have a young daughter, Aishah. Ramadan has definitely changed for me since being a mother. This Ramadan I am not fasting for various reasons but…

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The Virtues of Giving

When calamity strikes, one can respond in myriad ways. For the devout, this might mean prayer. For those without faith, panic. Anguish. Overcoming trials and tribulation is the hallmark of character and it is helped through charity. “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity” (Al-Tirmidhi). The traditional goal of charity…

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Acts of Random Kindness

I happened to stumble across this video whilst searching on material related to gratitude and it pretty much explained it. Jasmin decided to ‘mark’ her birthday by doing 20 random acts of kindness. In the video below she can be seen putting change into a vending machine for random stranger’s to use, pays for someone’s…

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Women’s Mosques: A progressive move or empowerment gone wrong?

  A women’s led mosque has recently opened in Berkeley, making it the second of its kind in the United States. While we normally only see a female lead a prayer where there are no males present, Qal’bu Maryam mosque will have women leading prayers with everyone praying together, side by side, regardless of gender.  Founder…

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Yasmin Mogahed

Yasmin Mogahed re-shared one of her older statuses in response to the recent female led jamat. What are your the thoughts? On March 18, 2005, Amina Wadud led the first female-led jum`ah (Friday) prayer. On that day, women took a huge step towards being more like men. But did we come closer to actualizing our…

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