Cultural Influences

Quitting Weed

My friends asked me to joint them at a party. I was unsure and said I didn’t want to go because I’m Muslim and don’t drink alcohol.

Does Wearing Traditional Clothing Make You Happy?

April 2008 Does Wearing Traditional Clothing Make You Happy? by Wael Abdelgawad Here’s an article from the BBC that says that Bangladeshi girls in the UK who wear traditional clothing are happier than those who wear Western clothing. Personally I think they’ve kind of missed the point. But read it yourself and see what you […]

Entertaining the Muslim Youth

January 2008 Entertaining the Muslim Youth by Somayya Gefori When I was a young child, my family listened to the likes of Yusuf Islam in the car. Nowadays there are many nasheed artists, and over the last decade the industry has practically exploded with new talent: Native Deen, 786, Sami Yusuf, Zain Bhikha and Mesut […]

Life with the TV: 21 tips for dealing with the thing

Not everything that comes through TV is bad. However, because the average child between two and 11 years old watches over 27 hours of poorly supervised television per week; because the only thing that kids do more than watch television is sleep, and because most parents are unaware of the indecent liberties that television takes with our children, you must control this 19 inch Shaytan, as a friend of mine calls it.

Iftar With the Devil

The things that happened, and are still happening during this Ramadan in my masjid are more intolerable and dramatic than the concluding scene in a Spanish soap opera. Oh, the drama.

Teenagers and Marriage: Not a Lethal Combination

As I start to get older and begin to experience adulthood, I don’t think any aspect of growing up has hit me so hard as the concept of marriage. Not only marriage, but marriage and me. The first time someone I considered to be one of my peers told me that she was getting married, I couldn’t believe it. No one our age ever got married. We weren’t at the age where it’s normal to get married and I wondered why anyone our age would want to do so anyway. And then suddenly I realized that we were at that age.

How I Began Wearing Hijaab

I felt people watching me even before I stepped out door. I knew Muslim women wear hijaab not only to be modest but also to be recognized as Muslim women. I definitely felt recognized. After going to several shopping centers, we went to another baby store. There was hardly anyone there, but I still felt self-conscious. I went and looked at some clothes by myself and I turned around just in time to see an elderly lady glaring at me. “What is her problem?” I thought to myself.

Confused Muslim Teenagers In America

Muslim teenagers in America are confused. They live in two worlds: one of Islam and one of their un-Islamic, or at least non-Muslim surroundings. In these two worlds, clashes are inevitable. It can be difficult to maintain an Islamic identity as a teenager in America because of many surrounding factors that prevent us from practicing our Deen.