Ethical Muslim Fashion Brands

The Rana Plaza garment factory disaster highlighted the need for equitable, fair trade practices. Maryam Yusof shares her picks of ethical Muslim-owned fashion businesses. In April last year, the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh that killed 1,129 workers made headlines and exposed the lack of safety standards, poor working conditions and low wages … Read more

Supporting New Muslims Goes Beyond “Mashallah”

It’s not enough to congratulate a convert. Klaudia Khan reminds us that that there are others around us who may need help after embracing Islam. Important decisions are never easy. Life-changing decisions – such as embracing Islam – must be the most difficult. Except that once we recognise Islam as our true religion there is no other … 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

5 Tips For a Healthy Sahur

The importance of sahur is well known, but the morning scramble can sometimes make for a less-than-ideal meal. Maryam Yusofsuggests five tips to make yours a balanced one. I’m not a morning person. Although I love Ramadan, I must admit that I’m not always excited to wake up for sahur and eat during the wee hours … 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

Why you should talk about sex before marriage

It’s time to clear the air and shame in our communities about sex education, sexual rights and chastity. By Sya Taha. The shame that surrounds sex in the Muslim circles I’ve encountered sometimes makes me think that talking about it is equivalent to the act itself. (Well, guess what – I’m going to open my mouth … Read more

Your Morning Sunnah Routine

Let’s pledge to practise the sunnah in more ways than we’ve ever done. In the first of a two-parter, Shea Rasol provides tips on daily sunnah for mornings. Waking up As soon as one awakens, rub both palms on the face and eyes so that the effects of sleep are removed. (Tirmidhi) Recite du’a: “Alhamdu lillaahil-ladhee ‘ahyaanaa … Read more

Reflections on Eid ul-Fitr

After a month of purifications, Eid ul-Fitr marks a joyous time of celebration for Muslims everywhere. Jacqui Menard asks, ‘What’s Eid like for you?’ Celebrated from the very first morning of the Islamic month of Shawal, Eid is about giving thanks as well as celebrating with friends and family, thus marking the successful conclusion to the holy … Read more

10 Ramadan Activities for Kids

Isra Hashmi suggests some ways to make this sacred month enjoyable for the little ones. Ramadan is such a powerful spiritual month, in which we spend long days fasting and nights in prayer.  We set goals for ourselves and work hard to turn our focus inward. We try to make as much du’a and recite as much Qur’an as … Read more