The Abaya is a traditional loose over-garment like a long cloak or robe commonly worn by Muslim women around the world particularly by women in Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. It is one of the most popular Muslim dress for women around the world along with Shalwar Kameez popularly endured by women in the subcontinent….
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceForBetter focuses on striving together to build a gender-balanced society. While the world will join hands to strive towards the gender-balanced world we examine the role of women in Islam and how it aligns with gender equality.
A will or testament is a legal document by which a person or testator expresses the disposition of his or her assets after death. Testator names one or more person, the executor, to manage the estate until its final distribution. Every adult American Muslim and particularly those with young kids need to ensure that they have a written “last will” signed by witnesses and available for execution in case of death.
The black history of American Muslims goes back more than 400 years when the first documented arrival of African slaves happened in the 17th century. The two most influential African American Muslims are Malcolm X also known as Malik Shabazz, a Muslim minister, and human right activist and the other is the heavyweight boxing champion and country’s most beloved adherents of Islam, Muhammad Ali.
Over the past five years, Pakistani Women boutique brands have gained extreme popularity among the Pakistani expatriates around the world. Brands like Maria-B, Sana Safinaz, Agha Noor, J.Junaid Jamshed, Asim Jofa, Khadi and Tena Durrani are some of the popular Pakistani dress brands that are a topic of discussion in the ladies gathering these days….
There are three popularly known criteria adopted for Islamic Moon Sighting in America, Local Moon sighting, Global Moon Sighting and the Fixed Calendar based on scientific calculations. Local Moon sighting limits the sighting of the moon within the continental Americas i.e US, Canada and some parts of South America. Global Moon sighting technique takes into consideration moon sighing in any part of the world. So for example, if the moon is sighted in Saudi Arabia then the Mosques and Committees following the Global moon sighting would declare the start or end of the lunar Islamic month and then there is a scientific calendar where calculations are made based on astronomical and historical data.
Young Muslims in America belong to the generation of Americans who are most severely challenged in society due to various conflicts that exist between the Islamic proposed way of life versus the one that is adopted by their peer group in schools and college. They do not want to feel alienated and left out by not participating in the activities that are considered norms in the society however are not permitted as per the Islamic values and guidelines.
Pakistani American Diasporas are the group of first-generation Americans who migrated to the US on family or employer-sponsored green cards and later converted and settled as US citizens. This generation of Pakistani Americans is living a life of confusion. While they live in America, they are more worried about the politics back home. They argue and debate with each other for hours on Facebook, WhatsApp, Online forums or when they meet each other in person for a family get together events.
Muslims is America hate organizations like ISIS and AlQaeda as much as any other American. We urge our non-muslims fellow Americans to read and study about Islam and Muslims instead of relying on mainstream media organizations and unethical politicians who are selfish and wicked opportunist for their vested interest. Xenophobia plays right into the hands of organizations like ISIS who want to see divisiveness in western society based on religion. Terrorist ideology can be fought by uniting against it and not by hate and discrimination against the fellow Muslim citizens. Americans need to stand up together as one body against any kind of hate and violent extremism.
Young Muslim hangout groups are a great alternative for Muslim youth in America to properly channelize their energies in positive manner along with entertaining themselves over the weekend in activities like sports, dine-outs and hanging out with the kids of their age group