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My Hijab Story by Fatima Khan

I still remember the day that I finally decided to [wear hijab]. It was in late September of 2009  on a particular Monday afternoon, as I was coming out of our regular Dars [Islamic group class].    I always admired women who were able to cover themselves and wear hijab, especially after September 11th, 2001, as it declared you a [...]

National Hunger and Homelessness Awarene...

I have seen homeless people on the street every year of my life. From parking lots of retail stores in the suburbs to certain traffic stops at various Chicago neighborhoods to the bustling streets of Lahore when we would visit Pakistan. It just becomes a fact of life. Even having been at the edge of [...]

#DomesticViolenceAwareness

It’s not easy to write this. I don't think I’ve actually told anyone the full story of what I went through. My family members, friends and even my therapist at the time, only caught a glimpse of what my life was like. After years of finding my self-worth, I now feel comfortable enough to share [...]

My Domestic Violence Story

My Domestic Violence Story The neglect, the silent treatments, the emotional affairs and pornography, the walking out and walking away during normal disagreements, it all seems like just a couple going through a rough patch in their marriage, right? Except it was like this from day 1. As if I had arrived and not fulfilled [...]

Diary of a Field Worker

Diary of a Field Worker New Orleans, LA - Hurricane Ida 2021 The residents of Louisiana are struggling to rebuild after hurricane Ida, a category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. On Aug. 29, 2021, on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida left more than 1 million residents without power. After [...]

Who Invented Black Friday?

Who Invented Black Friday? Written by Zawareen Zakaria 2020 has bore witness to the dwindling of sales and consumerism overall due to the nature of the pandemic and the resulting closure of stores and restaurants worldwide in efforts to curb the spread. However, despite the increasingly concerning rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, with [...]

The Sunday School Resources (COVID Editi...

As the full-time schools scrambled, using spring break to encourage teachers to shift into remote learning, many Sunday schools were left without enough resources or time. For families who cannot afford private Islamic school, these Sunday school programs offer the snippet of faith and faith-based knowledge for young children.   This article is to provide [...]

A Newborn on the Day of Arafah

Every day we are constantly reminded that Allah SWT is the Most-Forgiving and the Most-Merciful. However on the day of Arafah, Allah displays how he is Al-Ghafar and Ar-Raheem.    On this day, you and I can be like a newborn: pure and sinless. It is only a matter of seeking Allah’s mercy.   It [...]

What’s with all the meat?

What’s with all the meat?   Every year, crowds of Muslims flock to the farms for their sacrifice of meat. It must be an odd scene, seeing some of the families still dressed in their finest clothing from the morning Eid prayer, waiting on a line, tip-toeing just to glance over at which goat they [...]

Dhul Hijjah: Spirituality in the Daytime

Not a lot of us get that Ramadan-spiritual-high during Dhul Hijjah. There is no communal taraweeh. There isn’t a community-fasting momentum, unless you’re of the ones who come from really practicing households or friend circles and everyone decides to do the fasts. There is no ibadah all night as a family, looking out the window, [...]

Stitching Masks for Essential Workers

“It was just an idea. That we have to do something about this.” says Halal Halabi. Early during the COVID-19 Pandemic, there was a shortage of PPE everywhere. With unanswered questions about the airborne aspect of this virus, everyone needed masks and healthcare workers were reusing masks. The shortage led CDC to announce mid-March, “In [...]

ICNA Relief Aids the Aboriginal Arizonia...

In the arid drylands of Arizona are its original inhabitants, the various Native American tribes. The coronavirus pandemic has caused an enormous amount of food shortages across food banks in Arizona. This is an even more dire problem across the "food desert" areas of the Arizona Native American population, especially the Navajo Nation. As the [...]

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