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Laura El Alam

For the past decade, Laura El Alam has been a regular contributor to numerous Islamic publications. Her articles have been published in SISTERS Magazine, Al Jumuah, About Islam, and Muslim Matters. Her Facebook Page,  The Common Sense Convert, offers advice, support, and education for Muslim women, particularly new converts.

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Painful Periods - What Should You Know?

Painful Periods – What Should You Know?

For a few days every month, when she got her monthly period, fifteen year old Manal* could barely endure the activities of a typical school day.  The severe pain in her back and cramping in her abdomen made focusing in class difficult and rigorous activities like sports or P.E. nearly impossible. Manal found a tiny …

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The Beauty Balance - Every Woman's Dilemma

The Beauty Balance – Every Woman’s Dilemma

“Makeup and hijab.”  Type those keywords into a YouTube search, and you will encounter dozens of tutorials that feature young, headscarf-wearing women demonstrating the techniques and products they use to achieve a flawless look for Eid, weddings, or every day. Contoured faces, embellished lips, and enhanced eyes have become the new norm for many Muslim …

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