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Umm Zakiyyah: When Love and Worship Collide

From the Journal of Renee I returned from the masjid to my college dormitory room late Saturday night, shaken and moved.  I glanced at the clock.  It was three minutes after ten. Where had the time gone? I slowly shut my eyes, hoping to digest everything better that way. I let the events of the …

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Who Cares About American Muslims of Color?

Nobody Cares? “Nobody cares about Black Muslims except Black Muslims,” the Arab member of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) told me. I was vice president of the MSA at the predominately White university that I attended in America, and I had suggested to the MSA board members (who were all Pakistani and Arab except myself) …


Before You Marry Me, No-Polygamy Clause Needed

“I hope you don’t plan on doing something like that,” I said. His smile faded. “Doing something like what?” “Marrying another wife.” He was quiet for some time. “Of course not.” “Good.” I folded my arms across my chest. “Anyway, I read that I can put a no-polygamy clause in my contract.” He nodded slowly. …


Let’s Talk About Sex

“In my family, my colleague told me proudly, “we had so much hayaa’ that my mother and all the girls would come to every prayer, even when we were menstruating. If we couldn’t pray, we would get dressed for prayer and sit in the row behind the men so that when our father and brothers …

US Muslim Author Launches Mentoring Program

Umm Zakiyyah is internationally renowned for her novels, including If I Should Speak, Reverencing the Wombs That Broke You, and His Other Wife, which was recently adapted into a short film.

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Umm Zakiyyah Reflects: Is Beauty Evil?

What is the purpose of Hijab? Is the purpose to stay within the limits set by Allah? Or is the purpose to be always un-beautiful,ugly and unappealing in front of unrelated men? “Though Allah equates men’s spiritual purity and righteousness  with men’s own actions and choices, today Muslim women are taught that male purity and righteousness rest …

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Islam, Women and Sex: Do We Overdo Things?

I was deeply amused by Umm Zakiyyah’s recently published article entitled ‘Good Muslims Don’t Think About Sex’. The absurd reaction shown by the assistant teacher against an innocent little girl’s dream ‘to be a mommy ‘is a good and practical reminder to us that, in reality, there are still many Muslims out there who tend …


'Good Muslims Don’t Think About Sex'

“You won’t believe what just happened,” the assistant teacher, who was elder to me and had immigrated to America from a predominantly Muslim country, said as she entered the staff room of the Muslim school where I worked. The other teachers and I smiled knowingly as we looked toward her. We had grown accustomed to …


Righteous People Don’t Have Desires?

I remember when I first read the story of the marriage of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to Zaynab bint Jahsh, the divorced wife of his adopted son Zaid ibn Haritha, may Allah be pleased with them. Although I was relatively young when I happened upon this story, I was deeply moved. I remember …

Umm Zakiyyah’s Muslim Novel Hits the Big Screen

Popular African American Muslim novelist Umm Zakiyyah adapted her best-selling book His Other Wife into a short film. The novel tells the story of recently-divorced Muslim convert Aliyyah and her adjustments to her new life as a single Muslim woman in American Muslim society.

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