His Other Wife: A Short Story

“…So give me a call, Aliyah. I think this may be the one.” Aliyah rolled her eyes as she deleted the voicemail message then pressed the “end call” button on her cell phone. Her uncle had converted to...
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Be Careful What You Feed Your Soul

Most of us understand the psychological and emotional harm that comes from constantly exposing ourselves to negative, toxic social and personal environments. So we limit interactions with negative people, and...
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Stop. On Thugs and Rioters and Human Beings

It might feel like the right thing to do to call oppressed Black youth “thugs and rioters” because of the open wrongs you see. It might feel like the right thing to do to call those who detest the detestable actions of burning, looting, and destroying “ignorant of the cause.”
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It’s Okay to Be Judgmental?

“None of us like judgmental people. But we are all, to a certain extent, judgmental people. After all, one must be judgmental to even judge others as judgmental.” —from the journal of Umm Zakiyyah As a...
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We Are All Being Tested

“Do you believe that your struggle is more severe than the personal trials of every other Muslim? Why then do you say yours is “unfair”? Is it unfair because you are facing it, or is it unfair because...
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Gay and Muslim?

A Cry for Help I have a question and I really don't know where to turn. This is something I can't even talk to my parents or friends about, so I hope you can help me. I am a 19-year-old Muslim girl and I'm...
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The Invitation – Part 2

By Umm Zakiyyah a short story PART ONE | PART TWO After the summer internship, Paula and I went our separate ways. We kept in touch, but we had our own lives to focus on. I went to college close to home to...