Stepping up: Approaching controversial Islamic issues

By Iman Amin A few weeks ago in my fiqh class a fellow student posed a series of questions to my teacher on the topic of slavery in Islam, and more specifically, the topic of having intimate relations with your slave girl. So my teacher proceeded to answer his question, followed by the teacher from next class who overheard. I watched in admiration as both … Continue reading Stepping up: Approaching controversial Islamic issues

Why Netflix is destroying your taqwa

By Iman Amin Television is a huge vehicle of culture; one that has had an incredible impact on society and has become a basic necessity in every family home. What started out as a means of light entertainment with only a few channels available to choose from, has now become 24 hour access to hundreds of channels, with the average person spending a ridiculous nine … Continue reading Why Netflix is destroying your taqwa

This Ramadan, don’t be a foodie

Ramadan is known for being the month when Muslims go without food and drink during daylight hours. So its kind of understandable that Ramadan is somehow linked to food and what we are eating, or rather not eating. But despite the annual protestations at masaajids and talks that Ramadan is NOT intrinsically about food, but is so much more, come iftar, we can unwittingly fall … Continue reading This Ramadan, don’t be a foodie

Do we need to rap our hijabs?

Controversy erupted again this week following the release of rap video “Wrap my Hijab” by sister Mona Haydar. A tribute to Muslim women who wear the headscarf, the video exclusively featured Muslim women singing lyrics such as: “You poppin off at the lip, And run ya mouth like a treadmill, Not your exotic vacation, I’m bored with your fascination” and featured a hijabi equivalent of … Continue reading Do we need to rap our hijabs?