Category: FEATURES

Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Muslim darling Noor Tagouri made headlines last month when she featured in Playboy’s “Renegades of 2016” series about game changers who redefine how we think about the world. While the feature seemed bold and provocative, pairing of a bullet-ridden American flag with the edgy snarl of a hijab-clad young girl, in truth was a cliché […]

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Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114 An-Nas, the last Surah in the Qur’an, draws […]

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Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

| August 31, 2016 | 2 Comments

“No disrespect to Malala, but this kind of dichotomy thinking where it’s all or nothing positions people against each other. A woman can wear whatever she wants but by saying she’s wearing “nothing” when she’s just wearing less, is another form of slut-shaming. Malala isn’t intentionally slut-shaming, but the language she uses still carries that […]

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The Fourth War: Spiritual War

The Fourth War: Spiritual War

| August 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

[An Invocation] We bow our heads in prayer during invocations and benedictions. We offer prayers for “name that city” when a terrorist attack hits.  But between these moments, God is forgotten, faith is forgotten, humanity is forgotten. A prayer isn’t a spiritual pit-stop in our day, even if it happens five times a day.  A […]

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A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

| August 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

Dating While Muslim The Muslim problem with dating — if we can call it that — is almost always one of culture than religion. Having tried the ‘marriage experiment’ once, I know that religion doesn’t play a role in the day-to-day, but culture definitely does. The same problem exists when dating while Muslim. It’s not about whether the guy […]

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Defending Ghazala Khan: “You did exactly what every Islamist does.”

Defending Ghazala Khan: “You did exactly what every Islamist does.”

| August 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

Telling Trump “You did exactly what every Islamist does,” Muslim Reformer and Trump Supporter Shireen Qudosi challenges Trump’s attack on grieving mother Ghazala Khan whose presence was undeniably powerful at the Democratic National Convention, alongside her husband Khizr Khan. While the back and forth exchange has been between Khizr Khan and GOP presidential nominee Donald […]

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She Rises: When Wild Women Find Each Other and Form a Pack

She Rises: When Wild Women Find Each Other and Form a Pack

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Home has never been where I live. Home has been people, ideas and communities. I’ve found pieces of home here and there – a dive boxing gym run by a Vietnam War veteran, the eternal blue sky of Mongolian ancestors, and The Mago Circle. SHE RISES is a project I’ve collaborated on this year that talks […]

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Cash Cow: A Forced Marriage Graphic Novel

Cash Cow: A Forced Marriage Graphic Novel

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

When she wouldn’t agree to the marriage, 12-year-old grace was abducted on a motorcycle by her suitor. Her kidnapper (and soon husband-to-be) plotted the abduction with Grace’s father. It’s a story of “over there” but it happens here too. Southern California, 1995: a bright, mischievous and spirited 16-year-old Fatima went to school with us. She […]

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What Does it Actually Mean to Pray for Something?

What Does it Actually Mean to Pray for Something?

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

We bow our heads in prayer during invocations and benedictions. We offer prayers for “name that city” when a terrorist attack hits.  But between these moments, God is forgotten, faith is forgotten, humanity is forgotten. A prayer isn’t a spiritual pit-stop in our day, even if it happens five times a day.  A prayer isn’t […]

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Film Review: Gulaab Gang

Film Review: Gulaab Gang

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

VICE calls them India’s Flux of Pink Ladies, a 400,000 strong army of women warriors clad in pink sarees and wielding staffs. They’re a new class of vigilante women in a country that has abandoned feminine sanctity, even though some Hindu gods are indestructibly powerful women. That sanctity was reclaimed in Gulaab Gang, an Indian […]

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The Higher Jihad

The Higher Jihad

| October 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

The word “jihad” strikes a nerve among most Americans, Muslim or otherwise. For Westerners, jihad invokes images of an Islamic Red Dawn. For Muslims, it leaves many of us unsettled and often unable to answer questions about what jihad means exactly. We shuffle uncomfortably and stumble for an answer; we’re not entirely sure. We’ve seen […]

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The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scrolling through my Instagram account, I see a stream of nauseatingly perfect images. These pictures aren’t expressions of an inner self; they’re not raw images of both beautiful and chaotic moments in time. Instead, they’re moments stolen from serendipitous existence, manufactured to perfection. In the process, they rob us of a natural opportunity to experience […]

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Eid and the Spirit of the Season

Eid and the Spirit of the Season

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Originally written for Aquila Magazine As Ramadan and a much-looked-forward to Eid al-Fitr return to us this year, we take a moment to pause and reflect the true meaning of Eid. Unlike other holidays, Eid is not a stand-alone holiday; it is the celebratory period after the Islamic month of Ramadan in which we […]

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His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

| August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

“And it is He who created the Heavens and the Earth in Six Days – and His Throne had been upon water.” – Surah Hud 11:7 Although this verse appears as a small inconspicuous line of text, when tugged it unravels layers of coded meanings and offers us a more profound understanding of God. It […]

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