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The Muslim Woman

Imperfect

by Humaira Khan Asma was always one to focus on what was missing: the sun on a cloudy day, the tiny smudge on her otherwise beautiful painting, the single wrong answer on a test. She feared imperfection like it was a debilitating disease. And it showed. Like this evening. Five …

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A Woman’s Reflection on Leading Prayer

On March 18, 2005 Amina Wadud led the first female-led Jumuah (Friday) prayer. On that day women took a huge step towards being more like men. But, did we come closer to actualizing our God-given liberation? I don’t think so. What we so often forget is that God has honored …

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The Muslim Woman Part 2

2 – HER MIND She takes care of her mind by pursuing knowledge The sensitive Muslim woman takes care of her mind just as she takes care of her body, because the former is no less important than the latter. Long ago, the poet Zuhayr ibn Abi Sulma said: “A …

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The Ideal Muslim Woman and Her Own Self Part 1

By Dr. Muhammad ‘Ali Introduction Islam encourages the Muslims to stand out among people, readily distinguishable by their dress, appearance and behavior, so that they will be a good example, worthy of the great message that they bring to humanity. According to the hadith narrated by the great Sahabi Ibn …

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Virtuous Jealousy

Virtuous Jealousy: A woman’s take by Fatima Barakatullah   We live in societies in which most men and women have lost their sense of modesty, women are obsessed with their appearances and wear clothes to be seen by others and to attract the attention of other men even if they …

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12 Epidural Realities

By Aisha Al Hajjar, AMANI on 21 October 2012. SOME women love their epidurals (medication administered straight into the spinal cord space during labor to numb the body from the waist down so that she doesn’t feel her labor or birth). But I wonder how many have considered the added …

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The Effects of Domestic Violence

The Effects of Domestic Violence By: Haleh Banani, MA Clinical Psychology As Huda slowly gained consciousness on the floor, she became aware of her surroundings. She felt the cold tile beneath her and the taste of blood in her mouth. The thundering sound of her husband, yelling and cursing at …

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This is Love

This is love. And so there are some who spend their whole lives seeking. Sometimes giving, sometimes taking. Sometimes chasing. But often, just waiting. They believe that love is a place that you get to: a destination at the end of a long road. And they can’t wait for that …

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Making marriage work: the missing link to success

  “And among His signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between you; verily, in that are signs for people who reflect.” (Qur’an, 30:21) We’ve all read this verse on countless …

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Domestic Violence:Verbal Abuse in Marriage: Words can Kill

Domestic Violence Series Sticks and Stones May Break my Bones but Words will never Hurt Me…. “My husband thinks I am stupid. He thinks I can never learn Arabic because I don’t have the brains to.” A sister said while she was seeking advice about her marital discords. She has …

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