The Dilemma of a “liberal” Islamic Movement

I think everyone ought to have a look at this. I have run into this at my own MSA, or at least, the beginnings of it. Myself being an LGBT individual who has come to accept my feelings as a test granted by Allah, applaud this Muslim sister for standing up and speaking. These are hard times to hold onto the Haqq of Islam, a time where “holding onto our Imaan will be like holding onto a hot piece of coal”! Hmm.. now where have I heard this before? Ah, yes, the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Do not forget the value of true Islamic studies and genuine scholarly opinion. Do not let the shadow of “feminism”, “Gender and women’s studies”, and philosophy courses blind you from truth and lose your way. May Allah protect us all, ameen.

The Muslimah Diaries

A Muslimah writes

I am a Muslim woman and attend one of the most liberal universities in the West. Coming to college caused me doubt to Islam in many ways and, like many of us at American universities, I often found myself confused and frustrated in the liberal space I was in.

Upon entering this school, I was first introduced to what it meant to be a “conservative” or “liberal” Muslim. I was also first introduced to feminism in the context of Western liberal Muslim spaces. For the first time, I was engaging in debates on whether or not females should be delivering the khutbahs and leading prayers. For the first time, I had to choose whether or not to attend a Jummah prayer dedicated to LGBTQ+ students or be ostracized by majority of the MSA for choosing not to attend. For the first time, I…

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Journey (End, Part 5)

This is the last part for now of this story. For those who read it, please spread it if you can. For those who have comments or enjoyed it, I would love feedback. If you missed Part 4, click here. If you would like to read from the beginning with Part 1, click here. The plan … Continue reading Journey (End, Part 5)

Sayyid al-Istighfar – Master supplication for forgiveness

Ramadan Mubarak!

During this time of Ramadan, there is nothing stronger than dihkr (remembrance of Allah) and the recitation of the Qur’an, first and foremost. Because Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an. This month we should work to reform that link between ourselves and the Qur’an and hence the link between ourselves and our Creator. Because Allah says that ‘When my slave asks about me, I am near.‘ SubhanAllah, He says when we ask, not if – Allah knows we need Him and if we try to live our lives without Him it only hurts us. And look how easy He makes it for us. All we need to do is ask, and He is instantly near to us. The All Powerful and Creator of everything does not need us. To deny the existence of Him is only to our own disadvantage. So, think about your purpose deeply, wonder about life thoughtfully and do not waste the time that is given to you. We are beings of mistakes and forgetfulness, that is why humans are called “insaan” in Arabic. Then why not just ask forgiveness, what does any of us have to lose?

Daily Dua'a

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَإِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَبِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لايَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ

Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta

O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You…

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Journey (Part 4)

Click here for part 3! JazakAllah khair! As the semester was coming to a close it meant Malaika's time with me at school was almost up. We were all hoping she would actually graduate this time. The very last day, the day of her graduation which she graciously did not attend, was spent together. We prayed … Continue reading Journey (Part 4)

Journey (part 3)

This is part 3 of my story. Click here for part 2! Enjoy and thanks for reading 🙂 Malaika strived to make people laugh because laughter was genuine and contagious. Her pleasantries were well-known and so were her mannerisms, as I would soon discover and come to love. She would walk into the room and announce, … Continue reading Journey (part 3)

Journey (Part 2)

Part 2 of my story! Click here for part 1 🙂 JazakAllah khair I began college with a strong, new mindset. I was excited to jump in and focus on my education and career goals. I attended a large, diverse university in the heart of Chicago. Its wide array of programs invited people from all walks of … Continue reading Journey (Part 2)

Journey (Part 1)

This is the initial post to a series of posts that will be coming up in the near future, talking about my journey as a Muslim struggling with sexuality and faith. Please revisit to read the next parts to come. Feel free to comment because I love to have a good discussion. When it happened, … Continue reading Journey (Part 1)