IN THIS ISSUE

  • SPECIAL REPORT
    Donna Auston
    RACE AND PLACE

    by Donna Auston

    As Muslims, most likely we are already very familiar with this verse from Surah Hujurat, as well as the related texts that extol the virtues of human diversity and universal brotherhood. The ummah is meant to be united, and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, made it clear that there was no inherent superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, and that piety and character are the

  • DEEN
    Dr. Jamillah Karim
    POWER OF CONTENTMENT

    by Dr. Jamillah Karim

    If God’s servants bear [difficulties and trials sent by God] with patience, they are favored, but if they do so with rida (contentment), they are singled out as His chosen ones.” Imam al-Ghazali

    When Prophet Ibrahim brought Hajar (peace be on them) to the desert and began to depart, she called out to him asking about the dire hardship that his actions would place upon

  • SHAHADAH
    Karla N. Evans
    COMING HOME

    by Karla N. Evans

    I was a twenty-eight year old single mother, just out of college when I experienced Islam’s embrace. To me, it was coming home to something I had always known: there is only one God and He connects us all.

    My first memories of conversations about God were with my maternal grandmother, Grandma Ruth. I would spend hours on my grandmother’s lap as she read the latest edition of

  • FEATURE
    Mahira Khan
    MEANINGFUL MASJID

    by Mahira Khan

    Last year, I visited 12 mosques in four days, then 12 mosques in 12 days and made several observations. In August 2013 my husband, Idrees Gill, and I took a cross-country road trip during the last ten days of Ramadan for our move to Florida from California.

    We made sure to turn the 3,000-mile trip into a spiritually beneficial one by visiting 12 mosques in four days. Soon after

  • FEATURE
    Valerie Amna Behiery
    POTS, PAINTS, PENS

    by Valerie Amna Behiery

    Muslim women artists have arrived on the art scene. They are increasingly visible in North America as more local, national and international opportunities open up to showcase their talents. As the ummah values their importance and role in shaping the Muslim-American identity more, the number of second and third generation Muslim women who consider the arts as a career

  • MENU
    Iman AbdoulKarim
    GAZAN CUISINE

    by Iman AbdoulKarim

    Food is a medium for defining our identity and heritage. In The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey, Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt bring us 120 kitchen-tested recipes that reflect the surprising gastronomical diversity of Gaza, despite its relatively small population, area and historical adversities that work against preservation of Palestinian cuisine.

  • GLOBAL VOICES
    Ambata Kazi-Nance
    EDUCATION WITHOUT BORDERS

    by Ambata Kazi-Nance

    Muslim women from abroad, pursuing degrees in higher education, are among a special and noteworthy breed of students. Often you will find them at international student events or active in the Muslim Student Associations of various universities. They are committed to academic excellence, perfecting their faith, and making a difference in their communities. The Institute of

  • DECOR
    Atikeh Al Ansari
    SPA SERENITY

    by Atikeh Al-Ansari

    A spa treatment is one of the best ways to ease life’s daily tensions. Many commercial spas and salons, however, can be overpriced or lack in privacy. The perfect solution? Treat yourself to the relaxing experience and renewing environment of a home spa. Be inspired by these sisters and transform your bathroom into a soothing space where the art of pampering is an everyday

  • FEATURE
    Sara Rahmani
    NATURE'S GIRL

    by Sara Rahmani

    “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” —John Burroughs

    I grew up in Washington State within a short drive of the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. It is very easy to love nature here; I have grown up doing just that. Nature is all around and as a person who loves the outdoors, I can go to the beach

  • Magazines

by Sara Rahmani

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” —John Burroughs

I grew up in Washington State within a short drive of the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. It is very easy to love nature here; I have grown up doing just that. Nature is all around and as a person who loves the outdoors, I can go to the beach almost year round, travel the area with my family, kayak, hike and explore the national and state parks, all while enjoying the fresh air. This past winter, I taught myself snowboarding and I am having a blast. I also enjoy camping and biking—outdoor activities you can do anytime of the year with the right gear.