Inspiration Behind “Tamika” in If I Should Speak

Below is a story I found online written by my former college roommate, the woman who was the inspiration behind the fictional character Tamika in If I Should Speak. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. My Roommate was Muslim, I Wasn’t Islam – Fresh Faces By Jamika, Umm Zakiyyah’s real roommate in college I first heard of Islam and Muslims by way of Malcolm X. …

“Cultural Islam”: American Muslim Dilemma

I remember reading a remarkable book that can be best described as both a memoir and a self-help treatise written by an American woman who had converted to Islam and married an Arab.  Page after page was written with such eloquence and reflective wisdom that I found it difficult to put down. The underlying theme of this reflective work was to …

“Disobey Allah for Sake of Allah”: Seriously?

“I’LL never do to my children what my parents did to me,” Salman fumed, kicking the ball against the wall next to his friend in the istiraaha. “They were only trying to look out for you, man.” Abdullah’s voice was low, partly because he didn’t want their other friends to overhear and partly because he didn’t believe in what he …

"Disobey Allah for Sake of Allah": Seriously?

“I’LL never do to my children what my parents did to me,” Salman fumed, kicking the ball against the wall next to his friend in the istiraaha. “They were only trying to look out for you, man.” Abdullah’s voice was low, partly because he didn’t want their other friends to overhear and partly because he didn’t believe in what he …

On “Authoritative Ignorance”: Blind Following and Blind Fitnah

THE evening dinner started as usual with casual, lighthearted banter among us sisters who were present.  In one comical exchange, a sister shared with us how terribly dry her feet were, so much so that they cracked often. “Sometimes I’m praying,” she said between chuckles, “and I have to keep leaving Salaat to make wudhoo because of my feet!” I …