IN THIS ISSUE

  • SPECIAL REPORT
    Aamina Ahmed and Nilofer Ali
    REMEMBERING OUR TRAILBLAZERS. MARYAM ALI

    REMEMBERING OUR TRAILBLAZERS. MARYAM ALI

    by Aamina Ahmed and Nilofer Ali

    After my mother passed away and my siblings and I began sorting through her possessions, we found evidence of the many organizations that she was actively involved with, donated towards, or otherwise supported. There were organizations I never even knew about. There were degrees she held, positions she worked in, so much that I was learning about her after her

  • SPECIAL REPORT
    Azizah Kahera
    REMEMBERING OUR TRAILBLAZERS. MUFEEDAH ABDUL-KARIM

    REMEMBERING OUR TRAILBLAZERS. MUFEEDAH ABDUL-KARIM

    by Azizah Kahera

    Mufeedah Abdul-Karim, my mother, was born on April 5th, 1953 to Joseph and Frances Foster at Mount Sinai Hospital in Harlem, New York. She was the eldest of two siblings, her brother Kermit Foster and youngest sister Rene Foster. Growing up in a working class household with both mother and father employed outside of the home, Mufeedah was responsible for her siblings and often

  • SHAHADAH
    Genna Panagopoulos
    FINDING ISLAM and REFINDING FAMILY

    FINDING ISLAM and REFINDING FAMILY

    by Genna Panagopoulos

    My family used to tease me about becoming a nun. I’m unsure if this was an innocent joke, or a real fear of theirs. In truth, I didn’t want to be a nun, yet I was intrigued by the idea of leading a monastic life. Not at a monastery, per se, but out in nature. Alone, worshiping God, I believed I could find spiritual peace. Then reality would kick in and I would remember how

  • FEATURE
    Sumayyah Allen
    WHAT'S IN YOUR CUP

    WHAT'S IN YOUR CUP

    by Sumayyah Allen

    If you could trace your beverage to its origin, you may find any of these scenarios to be true. Like organic certification, which theoretically ensures that pesticides were not sprayed on your food, Fair Trade certification ensures that your cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate was produced ethically, fairly and sustainably.
    Globalization and free market trade have brought us

  • FEATURE
    Iman AbdoulKarim
    MUSLIM POWER COUPLES

    MUSLIM POWER COUPLES

    by Iman AbdoulKarim

    Often when thinking of power couples, dynamic duos such as Brangelina, Kimye, and Billary come to mind. They are couples defined by their influence, celebrity, and net worth. Similarly, we can look within our own American Muslim communities for power couples who are as devoted to serving the ummah, as they are devoted to each other. They take inspiration from the marriage of

  • WELL-BEING
    Uzma Awan
    REMOVING EMOTIONAL TOXINS

    REMOVING EMOTIONAL TOXINS

    by Uzma Awan

    Do you recall the last time you cleaned your home? Do you tidy up everyday? Perhaps you are in the midst of spring-cleaning now. But do you know the last time you gave your mind and heart a thorough cleansing? Our minds are like closets containing our thoughts and emotions; some of us have packed away resentment, hatred, anger and guilt. The doors are bulging, hinges are straining,

  • DESTINATIONS
    Iman AbdoulKarim
    ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

    ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

    by Iman AbdoulKarim

    Cobblestone streets, colonial-style buildings, majestic ruins, and the soft sound of a live band playing as the sun sets. These are the sights and sounds of Antigua Guatemala, a small city that steals the hearts of all its visitors.

    Not to be confused with Antigua in the West Indies, Antigua Guatemala is a preserved colonial city comprised of eight streets and eight avenues

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