The First Step to Heaven

  As Salaamu alaikum. I am Zamiya, eleven years old. I pour love from my heart and soul into everything I write. I never thought I would actually cover my head until, what, eighth grade? To me, it seemed like a tiny, unnecessary part of my life, not an actual purpose. My mother wore the headscarf, and at school, hardly any girl was wearing the Hijab. I thought I would stand out, like neon yellow in a darkened background. I never thought it really was obligatory to wear it at all- until the day I found a special book. Books are important to me. Writing is my heart and soul,

From temple to Baitullah

From temple to Baitullah – Hamza Chinsamy’s journey from Hinduism to Hajj   Hamza Chinsamy’s journey to Islam began about twenty years ago, as a teenager completing high school. Now, eight years after embracing Islam, he is about to embark on what many call “the journey of a lifetime” – equipped with “lots of baggage and lots of sabr” as he has been advised. “Allah has been kind to me. In 2012 I was afforded the opportunity to go for Umrah. This will be our first Hajj. The emotions are strong. I mean you’re doing a fard action of Islam and you always have that fear of, will Allah accept

Special Delivery : Flowers for the Mean Lady

It was a hot summer day. I had just graduated from high school and was working a summer job to make some side money for college. I was a flower delivery guy – bringing happiness to people and getting paid $7.50 an hour at the same time. It didn’t get much better than that. This was almost 20 years ago now, but I’ll never forget one of my deliveries. I drove up to the house, knocked on the door, and a young lady answered. There I was, as cheerful as could be, with a big smile on my face and an even bigger bouquet of flowers in my hands. I

A VOICE BEHIND A VEIL

    By Khadijah Natalie Arbee   I am a muslim women. I wear the niqaab (face veil). I’m one of those to whom the new law in France would apply. I’m one of the ones being discussed by politicians, human rights groups and the media. I’m one of those whom many feel the need to liberate. I’m one of those you may think is oppressed. I’m one of those many of you detest the sight of… I’m one of those whom you may believe is uneducated; one of the ones you may think has no voice. But I do. So let me speak. I am not Arab, Asian or

Scientists on the Qur’aan

Keith L. Moore Professor Emeritus, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Toronto. Distinguished embryologist and the author of several medical textbooks, including Clinically Oriented Anatomy (3rd Edition) and The Developing Human (5th Edition, with T.V.N. Persaud). Dr. Moore was a former President of the Canadian Association of Anatomists, and of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. He was honoured by the Canadian Association of Anatomists with the prestigious J.C.B. Grant Award and in 1994 he received the Honoured Member Award of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists “for outstanding contributions to the field of clinical anatomy.” “For the past three years, I have worked with the Embryology Committee