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Pakistani Muslim students attend a religious madrassa, or school
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Madrasa Diaries | Chapter 1

“Repeat after me boys. Alif.” “Alif.” “You. Yousef, come and sit here in the front.” The teacher yelled. Yousef gingerly got up from the back of the class and complied. “Okay, good! Again. Louder. Alif.” He felt a hand on my thigh. I didn’t dare look down, he stared into my book and I tried…

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5 Things New Parents Need To Know

The quiet before the storm Not long after I got married (literally like days in one instance) I had been asked very casually on more occasions than I care to recall- “when are you having a baby?” My reply each time, with a polite smile and gritted teeth was, “when Allah wills it”. Although, I…

A child is seen near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg
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A Cry in The Masjid

Ramadan has come and gone and Muslims all around the world eagerly celebrated this month with their families by going to the masjid for Iftars and Taraweeh.  We met friends who we had not seen throughout the year, prayed together and enjoyed each another’s company. However, throughout all of this, there was, and is the…

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Recite and Rise

  “She’s a hafidhah” a friend casually adds to the introduction as she introduces me to another friend I was meeting for the first time. “MashaAllah, I hear you’ve also memorized the Quran!” says an aunty the second time she sees me. A tinge of happiness, mixed with pride and guilt fills me, yes guilt….

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