She Couldn’t Have Sex, Interview with Tasniya PART 1

Tasniya Discusses Suffering from Vaginismus   In the blog “Her Body Says No to Sex,” Umm Zakiyyah gives a brief introduction to the condition vaginismus, which is described by Drs. Ditza Katz and Ross Lynn Tabisel in their book Private Pain: Understanding Vaginismus & Dyspareunia as “a panic attack in the vagina,” which is often triggered by cultural upbringings that …

She Couldn’t Have Sex, Interview with Tasniya PART 2

Tasniya Continues Discussing Suffering from Vaginismus    In the blog “Her Body Says No to Sex,” Umm Zakiyyah gives a brief introduction to the condition vaginismus, which is described by Drs. Ditza Katz and Ross Lynn Tabisel in their book Private Pain: Understanding Vaginismus & Dyspareunia as “a panic attack in the vagina,” which is often triggered by cultural upbringings …

Her Body Says No to Sex

Understanding Vaginismus © A few months ago, a group of Muslim girls relaxed in my friend’s living room watching television with my friend’s daughter. I was upstairs chatting with my friend about some projects we were working on for the youth. Later one of the girls came to me, clearly upset. “Why do Muslims do that?” she said. “What happened?” …

Is Music a Pillar of Islam?

It’s a common saying that you’ll know a tree by its fruits. And in my life, time and time again, I’ve found this to be true. Whenever I’m talking to someone about my own spiritual journey, I often share my stages of spiritual development and how with each step I’ve taken, I’ve seen the magnificent fruit of faith blossom in …

Why I Write What I Write

PART 1 As I discussed in the introduction video “I Never Thought It Would Be Me,” I was inspired to start UZ Reflections videos, blogs, and podcasts due to my own spiritual struggles after I witnessed so much of the “religious tug-of-war” going on in many Muslim communities—until I doubted I even had the ability to be Muslim. Preserving Our …

Why Islamic Proofs Are Not My Focus

Part 2 of Why I Write What I Write   Naturally, when discussing an Islamic matter in my posts, I’ll present Islamic evidences where necessary and relevant. But these proofs are intentionally not exhaustive or extensive because, for the purpose of this blog, presenting Islamic proofs is not my focus. Here’s why: My Reflections Are Informal The goal of my …

Is Beauty Evil?

“It’s really difficult to walk around Muslims feeling broken inside, and the only thing they think needs fixing is a piece of cloth on your head.” —from the journal of Umm Zakiyyah Listen to podcast in UZ app or read blog below: I suppose it was inevitable that I’d write this blog. I myself have been on multiple sides of the …

‘I’m Taking Off This Veil!’

Finding the Middle Ground© The Niqaab Club When my husband and I moved to a new city in America, I had been wearing the niqaab (face veil) for about a year. In our new community, I met Muslims from various backgrounds, and I loved the diversity. It was one of the first times I felt part of an “ummah”—part of …

The Danger of Covering for Men

“No,” I said, disagreeing good-naturedly as I stood before the room of American college students. “I think you do understand.” I paused before adding, “Every woman in this room understands why Muslim women cover like they do.” I walked from behind the podium until I was directly in front of the crowd. “Picture this,” I said to the women in …

FAQs About Islam

WHAT IS ISLAM?  Islam literally means submission or surrender, but in the religious sense it is complete, voluntary submission to God alone. It is based on the belief that humans’ primary purpose on earth is to worship and serve God and believe in all of His prophets and messengers. The Muslim is one who submits to God alone and fulfills …