The Best And Most Popular Muslim Last Names

Last names are the part of the name of the person that is usually associated with a person’s family, cultural value or religion. It is considered as the part of the personal name of the person that helps identify which culture or religion that specific person is from. Muslims have very specific last names. Some … Read more

For the love of tradition: Why arranged marriages remain relevant

The couple in front of Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore the week of their nikkah, January 2009. Does a centuries-old custom hold a key to love and happiness? By Shireen Qudosi. “Happily ever after” isn’t always about finding your prince charming. Sometimes it can be about finding a toad with potential. The modern dating scene, befuddled … Read more

Supermum Revert Spreads Inspiration of Islam

Forget fictional characters. True stories featuring inspiring characters are all around us. Amenakin introduces us to one. And she wears the hijab. Heather Sandouga is one of those women who constantly defy the stereotype of the so-called ‘oppressed’ Muslim woman – an image we have all grown to expect from mainstream media. Of course, like most Muslim … Read more

The violent policing of the female body

The pervasive and systemic ways we determine how women should dress in our communities, families, schools, workplaces or legal systems have real consequences. By Eren Cervantes-Altamirano. When I was in junior high school, I was required to wear a grey skirt. I could not wear pants because that was not “feminine”, while the skirt could … Read more

The power of positivity, as illustrated by the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad

When life weighs us down with lemons, let us take our lead from the lessons of both the past and the future. By Afia R Fitriati. Here’s reality number one: Living as a Muslim is not particularly easy in this day and age. As an ummah, we are faced with enormous modern-day struggles: eradicating poverty, doing … Read more

The truth about being a single Muslim mother

Misbah Akhtar, the founder of Single Muslim Mums, looks at the unique barriers faced by this minority group. The issue of single Muslim mothers is fast becoming a prevalent one; with divorce on the rise, it seems only logical that some of these statistics would also apply to Muslim households. Why then are they not … Read more

My Hari Raya Memories

Maryam Yusof of fashion community website HijabLook.com shares her deepest thoughts about Eid ul Fitr. Unlike the homes of many Singaporean Malay families, you won’t find colorful twinkling lights decorating my family’s windows or bright green ketupat arrangements made of ribbons adorning our doorway in the days leading up to Hari Raya, what Eid is locally … Read more

My Sunni-Shia marriage isn’t easy – but not as thorny as you’d think

Despite widespread tension in the Muslim world between Sunnis and Shias, married couple Hafsa and Ali from London prove that an open mind can help pave the way to a unified future. As told to Ameera Al Hakawati. I get mixed reactions when people find out that I, Hafsa, a British-born Indian from a practicing Sunni … Read more