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Standing at just under 5’2,” Meena is still growing (figuratively, sadly no longer literally) into her place in the world. She is in her 3rd year of Comparative Literature studies at the University of California, Irvine, where she is active with the Muslim Student Union. She is a graduate of the Bayyinah Institute Dream Program 2012 and is also a student of the Al Maghrib Institute, having attended Ilm Summits 2010 & 2011. Meena has discovered the power and beauty that words can have, the highest example being the Words of Allah preserved in the Holy Quran. In her own capacity and with the help of Allah, she hopes to capture and communicate her reflections and thoughts as she continues on in this exciting time of her life. You can follow her on Twitter @imeanking & read more of her posts on her personal blog: http://imeanking.wordpress.com/

The Revert

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But with the way her own life seemed to have gone wrong, Natasha began to wonder if they would be the only ones burning in Hell and what kind of game she was playing by getting on the bus and going to Friday prayer. Read More »

DIY Pick-Me-Up: Noor Jar

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Settling into a routine that guides our life on a regular basis can be a great thing, but sometimes the monotony or hustle of the daily grind can become draining—sometimes even spiritually draining!  There are times when we yearn to take a break from the daily routine and do something different that will be rejuvenating. Introducing—the “Noor Jar.” This is something ... Read More »

The Most Excellent of Things

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The following is an excerpt from the text Mukhtaaraatul Adab (مختارات الأدب) which was taught to last year's Dream students by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda. Ali said, لَيْسَ شَىْءٌ لا أحْسَنُ مِنْ عَقْلٍ زَانَهُ عِلْمٌ ، وَمِنْ عِلْمٍ زَانَهُ حِلْمٌ ، وَ مِنْ حِلْمٍ  زَانَهُ صِدْقٌ ، وَمِنْ صِدْقٍ زَانَهُ رِفْقٌ، وَمِنْ رِفْقٍ زَانَهُ تَقْوَى . إِنَّ مَلَاكَ الْعَقْلِ وَ مَكَارِمَ الْأخْلَاقِ ... Read More »

Ali's Advice to His Son

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The following is an excerpt from the text Mukhtaaraatul Adab (مختارات الأدب) which was taught to last year's Dream students by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda. أَوْصى الإمامُ عليٌّ وَلَدَهُ الحَسَنَ قال      يا بُنَيَّ أُوصِيكَ بِتَقْوى اللهِ, و كَلِمَةِ الحقِّ في الرِّضا والغَضَبِ.  يا بُنَيَّ مَن حَفَرَ لأخِيهِ بِئْراً وَقَعَ فيها, و مَن أُعْجِبَ بِرَأْيِهِ ضَلَّ, و مَنِ اسْتَغْنى بِعَقْلِهِ زَلَّ و ... Read More »

1000+56 Words, Explained

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 I feel like this message is far too important to me and far too sensitive for all of us for me to leave it unexplained. —– Where were you when it happened? For me, it was the classroom.  I was in 5th grade when the Twin Towers were attacked.  The school day had just begun when the first plane hit, ... Read More »

Better Company

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It's important for us to not exhaust ourselves in the last 10 nights of Ramaḍān to the point that we are too tired to keep our guard up on ‘Īd and the days soon afterward. These are the days we're the most vulnerable in and need to keep most vigilant. Read More »

It Was Just One “Like”

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She had developed a tick–she started logging onto her Facebook more and more everyday, constantly on the hunt for a post of his. He kept popping up in her mind more and more as their interaction via social media had increased. She just had to go back onto Facebook multiple times a day. It seemed like an addiction had developed in her halfway through the month. She would go and check his profile daily. Read More »

Crowned | A Play by Meena Malik – Part 4

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Crowned: Fatima and Samina are best friends about to graduate from Marina Bay High School. In their exciting last year of school, Fatima is faced with a dilemma that many Muslim seniors face: PROM. But the issue isn't should I or should I not go to Prom, the issue is...should I run for Prom Queen?" Meanwhile, at home, Mariam has just graduated college and is being pressured to get married. Mom has set her up with the Ahmeds' son, and now the courtship is about to begin. Join the girls on MuslimMatters every Wednesday this April as they walk down the path towards getting "crowned." Read More »

Crowned | A Play by Meena Malik – Part 3

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Crowned: Fatima and Samina are best friends about to graduate from Marina Bay High School. In their exciting last year of school, Fatima is faced with a dilemma that many Muslim seniors face: PROM. But the issue isn't should I or should I not go to Prom, the issue is...should I run for Prom Queen?" Meanwhile, at home, Mariam has just graduated college and is being pressured to get married. Mom has set her up with the Ahmeds' son, and now the courtship is about to begin. Join the girls on MuslimMatters every Wednesday this April as they walk down the path towards getting "crowned." Read More »

Crowned | A Play by Meena Malik – Part 2

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Crowned: Fatima and Samina are best friends about to graduate from Marina Bay High School. In their exciting last year of school, Fatima is faced with a dilemma that many Muslim seniors face: PROM. But the issue isn't should I or should I not go to Prom, the issue is...should I run for Prom Queen?" Meanwhile, at home, Mariam has just graduated college and is being pressured to get married. Mom has set her up with the Ahmeds' son, and now the courtship is about to begin. Join the girls on MuslimMatters every Wednesday this April as they walk down the path towards getting "crowned." Read More »

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