The Shameful Surveillance of Women’s Modesty: “Jilboobs”

Hijab-shaming distracts us from bigger problems in our communities, writes Afia R Fitriati. A derogatory word has lately become a trending topic in Indonesia’s social media circles: “jilboobs”, referring to hijabis with shapely breasts. What’s worse, it’s not just a fluffy word thrown in casual conversations here and there; there are Twitter hashtags and Facebook fan … Read more

Marrying Your Cousin: Taboo or Norm?

Never having considered her cousins as potential suitors, Eren Cervantes-Altamirano writes on how the practice is viewed in several communities. As a convert born and raised in Mexico, the first time I encountered the phenomenon of marrying first cousins was in my mosque in Canada. But because the topic is taboo here, cousin marriage remains an underground … Read more

Your Afternoon and Evening Sunnah Routine

Let’s continue to practise our daily sunnah with more tips from Shea Rasol in the second part of a two-part article. Sunnah for the afternoon Lunch Sit down to a good lunch to have energy to last the rest of the day Recite: “Allahumma barik lana fima razaqtana waqina athaban-nar. Bismillah”, which means “O Allah! Bless (the food) You … Read more

Shortening Solat While Travelling

The rigorous schedule of solat comes with many flexibilities. Afia R Fitriati gives a concise guide to the exemptions of jama’ and qasar available for traveling Muslims. Many of my non-Muslim friends wondered how I could fit in the time to pray five times within any given day. In my opinion, making the time to … Read more

My Hijab Journey

It is a decision that may take years for some to make. Maryam Yusofshares the turning point in her life when she decided to wear the hijab for good. I started wearing the hijab on the first day of Ramadan in 2010, a few months before I turned 20. Since then, many people have asked me … Read more

How My Search for an Arranged Marriage Resulted in Love

The search for a spouse is perhaps in the top of the minds of many Muslim women and men. Theresa Corbin goes down an unconventional route to find her husband. As I read through blogs and Facebook posts written by Muslims, many of these have something to do with finding a good spouse for themselves or a … Read more