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
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
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
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
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
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,
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