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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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Who is in Control?

09:46 – I wasn’t getting any closer to my destination. I was still on the bus, stuck in traffic. I had left extra early to be on time but the lecture starts in less than 15 minutes. I started panicking, wondering whether I’d be able to make it on time. As I waited in distress, it eventually dawned on me that I was worrying over something that was neither under my influence or control. I had jumped on the bus with a ticket of my own doing. Someone else had...

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Trust and Loyalty

Nikah is the legal binding of a man and a woman in marriage. This relationship leaves deep impressions in the social life of the partners involved, their children, and the stability of the whole community through the institution of family. Therefore, choosing a spouse is one of the most important decisions we make in our lives. It is for this reason that Islam establishes this relationship to be a sacred bond that provides an individual with numerous things: a halal source of love, affection, sustenance, children, companionship and a...

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Up and Away

There are days when the sun is on a chariot, bursting through the clouds. And I am elevated enough to throw my head back and allow its rays to greet me. Those same days I sweep down from that altitude to give my salaams to the city of grass that chippers in excitement when it sees me. There are days when the clouds are too melancholy to part their wisps for the sun. And I am elevated enough to feel them weeping warm rain. Those same days I sweep...

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Too Fast, Too Furious

By Ayman Nassar Today, we got a reminder of death which we very often forget about; a 20-year-old brother from my community perished in a car accident. I know we all love speed, excitement and the high adrenaline levels that driving brings with it, but it is important for us to be constantly reminded: Our bodies are a trust Our trust is a responsibility Our responsibility is executing the mission Our mission is submission Our submission is through our deeds Our deeds are based on intentions Our intentions are...