‘But I Don’t Want Forgiveness’

Some years ago, I was sitting with a friend of mine and she started telling me about her struggles with hijab after becoming Muslim. She had grown up Christian and accepted Islam while she was in college. “For me, hijab was the hardest thing,” she said. “I just didn’t want to wear it. So I made every excuse I could. ‘It’s …

'But I Don’t Want Forgiveness'

Some years ago, I was sitting with a friend of mine and she started telling me about her struggles with hijab after becoming Muslim. She had grown up Christian and accepted Islam while she was in college. “For me, hijab was the hardest thing,” she said. “I just didn’t want to wear it. So I made every excuse I could. ‘It’s …

Righteous People Don’t Have Desires?

I remember when I first read the story of the marriage of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to Zaynab bint Jahsh, the divorced wife of his adopted son Zaid ibn Haritha, may Allah be pleased with them. Although I was relatively young when I happened upon this story, I was deeply moved. I remember thinking how beautiful it was …

Walking Guilty, the Weight of Doubt & Sin

Listen to audio here. Or read full blog below: I thought I had it all figured out. I know that sounds cliché, naïve even, but it’s true. I wasn’t going to compromise my soul.  I wasn’t going to open myself up to sin. I wasn’t going to Hell with my eyes open. Yes, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I knew …

Walking Guilty, the Weight of Doubt & Sin

Listen to audio here. Or read full blog below: I thought I had it all figured out. I know that sounds cliché, naïve even, but it’s true. I wasn’t going to compromise my soul.  I wasn’t going to open myself up to sin. I wasn’t going to Hell with my eyes open. Yes, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I knew …

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 …