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There Were Four

Written by Arif Kabir, Fatimah Waseem, Muhtasham Sifaat, and Sabera Akhter. At the break of dawn must four song sparrows learn to fly, So at the highest tree of their marsh, a plan they devise, That three would stay low to catch the one that climbs high. By the roots they stay, while on a branch, she wonders why The tiniest of the four shall be the first to greet the sky. She chirps a song of faith, seeking courage through her cry: “Let me glide, oh Lord of...

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Send Me to the Planetarium

As a young girl, I developed an overzealous fascination with outer space. The balance of the blazing stars astounded me – especially as they contrasted against the composed and appeasing moon. When I was ten years old, my mother gifted me with a miniature telescope which I treasured whole-heartedly. I loved everything about it: its fluorescent yellow coloring and accented lines of charcoal grey, its accompanying encyclopedia containing pages and pages decorated with the images of constellations that I one day hoped to locate, but most of all that...

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Giving Back To Our Communities

All too often, we see individuals being raised up by their communities and then just leaving when they’re old enough. When they were younger, they used to attend the full-time/weekend school, spend hours at the playground with other children, attend the after-school Karate or sports program, participate in the community festivals, get scolded by their wizened elders, and get loved and spoiled by their uncles and aunties…They were being raised by the whole village, by the whole community. What do they decide to do? They turn their heads in...

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52 Ways For A Ramadan Extraordinaire!

MYM wishes you all a blessed Ramadan Mubarak! We have compiled a list of fifty-two different ways to make this Ramadan more blessed and productive for us in order to get the most out of this Ramadan for ourselves, our families, and our communities. Enjoy! 1. Ramadan Da’wah Plates – In The Muslim Link, they mentioned this story: Sr. N, a first-grade teacher at Al-Huda School in College Park, Md., reaches out to her neighbors with food and fliers in preparation for this holy month…every Ramadan, Sr. N prepares...