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    Discomfort and Growth – An Unlikely Partnership

    By Lobna Youssef Mulla Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes “Are you guys uncomfortable?!” yelled the gym cycling instructor. Taking our group silence as an affirmative response, she continued, “Good! You grow from discomfort.” “Hmm, a Tarbiya concept, I thought to myself. ” The connection made me struggle through the class with more motivation. Fast forward… Continue reading »

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    What One Syrian American Activist Wants You to Know

    Interview by Hana Alasry from Detroit Interviewee Nora Nashawaty Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes Nora Nashawaty is a Syrian-American graduate student at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has been actively working to raise awareness of Assad’s oppression of Syrians since the revolution began in 2011. Nora has also been engaged in political activism and fundraising to… Continue reading »

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    Tarbiya Lessons in “13th”

    By MAS National Tarbiya Department Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes 13th Netflix Original Documentary; 2016; 1 hr 40 min Director: Ava DuVernay Recommended for ages 16+ on Common Sense Media. Disclaimer: This documentary is powerful and extremely educational. However, there are some strong scenes that may be disturbing for some audiences regardless of age. Please… Continue reading »

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    The 99 Names Duaa

    Presented below is a compilation of duaa (prayers) submitted by youth that attended the Annual Youth Meeting in January 2017. We ask Al-Mujīb, to accept these duaa as a form of sadaqah jariyah (continuous charity) for each individual who helped put it together. Ameen. Context: Allāh (swt) says in the Qur’an: “And to God belong… Continue reading »

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    Strange Fruit – A Reflection on Ben Keita

    By Nandee Shabazz from South Florida Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes Southern trees bear strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees – Strange Fruit, written by Abel Meeropol In November of 2016, Ben Keita was reported missing… Continue reading »

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    Taking Initiative – Hearts4Humanity

    Part 1 | Part 2 By Jinan Chehade from Chicago Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes Last year, I talked about how we, as young Muslim Americans, are capable of taking initiative and turning the wheels of change because of the harsh climate we were raised in. The need for our generation to take initiative in… Continue reading »

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    Feel the Fever – Hearts4Humanity

    By Hana Alasry from Detroit Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes “The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5665, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2586 If you read the above passage and… Continue reading »

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    The Adab (Perfection of Character) of Disagreeing

    By Munther El-Alami from Boston Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes In the name of Allah (swt), The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, “When you’re involved in work for the sake of Allah, one of the greatest fitna (here best translated as temptation) you’ll experience is in dealing with the people you work with.” I heard… Continue reading »

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    By Maha Ezzeddine from Detroit Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes I’ve attended nine different usras* in four states, trudging through rain, rush hour, and snowstorms; high school, college, grad school, and motherhood; after fajr, after isha, and anytime in between. But for the last two years, I suffered an usra-less spell. The repercussions alarmed me and… Continue reading »

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    Growing Up in Fear

    By Najoa Bouzidi from Dallas Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes Abu Huraira reported, “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘If Allah wants to do good to a person, He afflicts them with trials.’” (Sahih Bukhari) The pains we endure…how we wish they would *poof*, disappear. We hope that this Presidency would hurry up and disappear, along with all… Continue reading »