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    Nabra Was Chosen

    by Habeeba Husain Our hearts are heavy in these last days of Ramadan. The Muslim community lost a young, beautiful soul, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen from Virginia some days ago. After completing the pre-dawn meal with her friends, she was on her way back to the mosque when a man took it upon himself to abduct […]

Nabra Was Chosen

by Habeeba Husain

Our hearts are heavy in these last days of Ramadan. The Muslim community lost a young, beautiful soul, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen from Virginia some days ago. After completing the pre-dawn meal with her friends, she was on her way back to the mosque when a man took it upon himself to abduct her, assault her—twice—killing her brutally with a baseball bat, and finally throwing her body into a pond.

This horrifying event gets more horrifying every time you search […]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Turning the Other Cheek or An Eye for an Eye?

Turning the other cheek is a doctrine in Christianity that refers to not taking revenge for injury or wrong doing. This doctrine is a point of pride for Christians. We find the following verses in the New Testament, But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; […]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |
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    The Night Prayer Experience

    by Habeeba Husain One of my earliest memories of Ramadan is going with my family to the prayer space across the street from my house to participate in special prayers that take place during Ramadan nights called Taraweeh. As a seven-year-old, I would squeeze in between the taller women next to me and try to […]

The Night Prayer Experience

by Habeeba Husain

One of my earliest memories of Ramadan is going with my family to the prayer space across the street from my house to participate in special prayers that take place during Ramadan nights called Taraweeh. As a seven-year-old, I would squeeze in between the taller women next to me and try to make it through the entire twenty cycles of prayer, listening to the imam, or as we called him Hafiz Sahab, recite faster than usual. Unfortunately, I […]

By |June 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |
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    The Place of Parents

    by Habeeba Husain I call my parents Mummy and Baba. They are two people in my life I wish I gave more honor and appreciation to growing up. It is true what people say—you do not know what you have until it is gone. Thankfully, I still have both of my parents, even though seeing […]

The Place of Parents

by Habeeba Husain

I call my parents Mummy and Baba. They are two people in my life I wish I gave more honor and appreciation to growing up. It is true what people say—you do not know what you have until it is gone.

Thankfully, I still have both of my parents, even though seeing them now requires a FaceTime call or a two and a half hour’s drive. It was only after moving out of their house did I realize how […]

By |June 13th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |
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    Ramadan: High-Intensity Spiritual Training

    Two years ago, I decided to join CrossFit. For those who are unfamiliar CrossFit is a high-intensity workout program that incorporates various sports and exercises. In my local CrossFit, our workouts tend to be either AMRAP’s or for time. An AMRAP stands for “as many rounds as possible,” essentially you have a designated amount of time […]

Ramadan: High-Intensity Spiritual Training

Two years ago, I decided to join CrossFit. For those who are unfamiliar CrossFit is a high-intensity workout program that incorporates various sports and exercises. In my local CrossFit, our workouts tend to be either AMRAP’s or for time. An AMRAP stands for “as many rounds as possible,” essentially you have a designated amount of time to do has many rounds as possible. One of our most recent AMRAP’s consisted of 5 box jumps, 10 calorie row, 50 jump ropes, and […]

By |June 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |
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    God or a Chocolate Chip Cookie?

    With the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. This is a requirement for all Muslim adults who are physically able. Nevertheless, many excited children fast for part of the day. A few days ago, my eight-year-old daughter was practicing fasting. I told her that when she feels really hungry she can break […]

God or a Chocolate Chip Cookie?

With the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. This is a requirement for all Muslim adults who are physically able. Nevertheless, many excited children fast for part of the day. A few days ago, my eight-year-old daughter was practicing fasting. I told her that when she feels really hungry she can break her fast. It was about 4:30 pm and my daughter was getting cranky and fighting with her sisters. At that moment, I told her to […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Allah is My Best Friend and Yours

Habeeba Husain

In one of my final weeks teaching at a local Sunday School, a previous student’s parent came into my classroom. She gave a gift and words of advice as my upcoming wedding was a few days away.

“You know who your Best Friend is,” she told me at the end of our conversation. Her nod communicated she was somehow confident I would be just fine as a married woman. It was interesting to hear those words coming from a parent […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |
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    A Real Ramadan

    Habeeba Husain Another Ramadan is upon the Muslims of the world. This is a month many Muslims look forward to so they can recharge their spiritual selves. Giving up food, drink, and marital intimacy during the daylight hours—which are all completely permissible in any other month—is a way to show complete submission to God. But […]

A Real Ramadan

Habeeba Husain

Another Ramadan is upon the Muslims of the world. This is a month many Muslims look forward to so they can recharge their spiritual selves. Giving up food, drink, and marital intimacy during the daylight hours—which are all completely permissible in any other month—is a way to show complete submission to God.

But of course, the above three things Muslims refrain from are only the tip of the iceberg. A real Ramadan fast is supposed to delve much deeper within […]

By |May 28th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |
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    Ramadan: A Celebration of the Quran

    The month of Ramadan is in which the Qur’an was revealed as a guidance for mankind, clear proofs giving guidance, and the Criterion (for distinguishing right and wrong). So, whoever of you witnesses this month, let him fast it. (Q. 2:185) The month of Ramadan is the when the Qurʾān was first revealed. Ramadan is a […]

Ramadan: A Celebration of the Quran

The month of Ramadan is in which the Qur’an was revealed as a guidance for mankind, clear proofs giving guidance, and the Criterion (for distinguishing right and wrong). So, whoever of you witnesses this month, let him fast it. (Q. 2:185)

The month of Ramadan is the when the Qurʾān was first revealed. Ramadan is a celebration of the moment God chose to communicate with mankind. It is the month of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and ultimately a means of salvation. Without God’s […]

By |May 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |
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    Do Not Be Afraid To Read

    Habeeba Husain I used to go to Sunday School when I was little, a childhood experience to which many Muslims can relate. We would learn short chapters from the Quran, lessons about the Prophets, supplications, and other tidbits of knowledge about Islam. At one Sunday School graduation, (think: end of the year party. You were […]

Do Not Be Afraid To Read

Habeeba Husain

I used to go to Sunday School when I was little, a childhood experience to which many Muslims can relate. We would learn short chapters from the Quran, lessons about the Prophets, supplications, and other tidbits of knowledge about Islam. At one Sunday School graduation, (think: end of the year party. You were not leaving the school, only moving up a level) there was a cassette tape in my gift bag that I was excited to insert into my […]

By |May 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |