As we mark the new Hijir year 1439. We share with you a list of the most popular articles published last year.
We hope you’d enjoy it.
For Muslims who practice their faith with sincerity and understanding, Ramadan is a month full of beautiful potential. Allah’s SWT mercy, forgiveness, and blessings await the believers who fast and exhibit self-control for His sake. While our stomachs might feel empty, our hunger for closeness to our Creator is fulfilled, and our thirst for greater taqwa is quenched.
First-time sex is still a big taboo topic among Muslims, even in the West. We cannot talk, or raise questions, or – God forbid – even think of it because sex is considered something filthy and evil.Obviously, we all know that Islam prohibits having sex outside of marriage – but why does this have to prevent us from educating ourselves when the first generations of Muslims never shied away from seeking the answer for intimate questions?
Recently I was at a ladies-only event, but since it was held in a public venue, many of the women remained covered just in case a random man walked in.At some point, I ended up sitting near a couple of older sisters whom I had never met. For several minutes they sat silently and seemed disinclined to chat. Then, out of the blue, one of them gestured to my twelve year old daughter and asked, “Does she wear hijab all the time?”
Recently, I was at a local park with my daughters, attempting to follow their exuberant patterns as they capered joyfully from swing to slide to monkey bars. After several minutes, I became aware of an elderly couple nearby. Apparently they were observing me and my children with interest. The man had a long, bushy grey beard, and the woman was wearing an abaya and a headscarf. I walked over and offered my salaams and a smile.
As a Muslim of West African origin living in the United States, my Muslim-ness is always contested by Europeans, Americans, and even clueless Africans. They ask me questions like:
“Are you Muslim?” and “Were you born Muslim?”
Should we really talk about sex? Why do some Muslims still shy away from discussing sex and intimacy issues? Why do some couples accept and surrender to a very boring relationship instead of trying to make it enjoyable?Is it our religion that prohibits such discussions and allows us a very tight space of pleasure and exploration when it comes to sexuality? Of course NOT.
Our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) was sleeping at the Ka`aba one night, late in the month of Rajab. He loved sleeping there as he could feel the serenity of this special place of worship. That was until he was awoken by Archangel Angel Gabriel, who was nudging him by his foot.
Men and women – a lot of research has gone into analyzing and studying the differences in their physical forms, physiologies, psychological makeup, as well as functional roles in the overall scheme of things i.e. life in this world.
The children gather around, waiting for the story to unravel. A story about a man running away – an escape plan – he is being hunted down – but there is a resolve – a new place – a peaceful place – called Madinah.Their Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was accompanied by his best friend started their journey in the depths of the night.
King Mansa Musa is famous for his Hajj journey, during which he stopped off in Egypt and gave out so much gold that the Egyptian economy was ruined for years to come. Mansa Musa was the great-great-grandson of Sunjata, who was the founder of the empire of Mali. His 25-year reign (1312-1337 CE) is described as “the golden age of the empire of Mali” (Levztion 66).