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A Ramadan Cooking Class for Revert Sisters

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is an Islamic North American grassroots umbrella organization with a mission of seeking the pleasure of Allah through the struggle of Iqamat-ud-Deen [establishment of the Islamic system of life] as spelled out in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of [Muhammad] Why Islam department is one of the main departments of ICNA and a part of it …

New Muslims in Ramadan

10 Things Ramadan Taught Me about New Muslims

I look forward to Ramadan like most Muslims. I worry about being prepared, but I also realize we can never fully prepare for anything, especially something as important as our duties and obligations to Allah. I understand that whilst I try my best, only Allah knows if my deeds, actions and prayers will be accepted. …

why can't I marry whom I want

Why Can’t I Marry Whom I Want?

When Muslim youth of different cultural backgrounds become attracted to each other, there are typically at least two reactions from others.

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“Sooo You’re Muslim. But… You’re White?”

Religion isn’t something you can easily read off people’s faces, culture on the other hand more likely is. And there’s an enormous line between those two. As a matter of fact, they often contradict with each other. Sure, our prophet was an Arab but we’re civilized enough to not judge a book by its cover, …

where is my home

“Where is My Home?” An American Muslim Wife Ponders

I’m still not sure where my home is. I think of going back to Marrakech, and I’m filled with warmth and excitement for everything that await me there.. Though I was born and raised in the United States, for much of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 I lived in Marrakech, Morocco, my husband’s hometown. …

Who Are US Muslims? (Video)

A new video showing statistics about American Muslims, their activism, and numbers was released by Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) late last month.

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Beware of the Convert Zone – What Not to Say to a Convert

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 …

The Modern Psychological Battle of Badr

Throughout history, Muslims have lived in oppressive and discriminatory conditions at one time or another.   In the early days of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Muslims were mostly taunted and discriminated against and often the target of harassment. However, when Muslims were forced to engage in their first battle, the battle of Badr, many …

Being a Muslimah Convert in the West

Being a Muslim woman in the West at this moment in time is such a strange, dangerous, and amazing thing. On one hand, we have so many freedoms and opportunities to spread out in our spirituality and practice our faith. But on the other hand, we feel fettered by societal norms that contradict our Islam, …

Traces of American Muslim Culture in NY Museum

A photograph of a young boy taking a break from a pickup basketball game is the first banner photo that welcomed the visitors of the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) during February. The photogenic child is probably ten years old or less, he’s wearing a Vans T-shirt, and he’s casually holding a …



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