March 5, 2008

Bite Your Tongue!

The tongue: a mere piece of meat with no bones in it. But like a BMW Z4, it carries you forward?it speeds you to Paradise, or dumps you into Hell. Take control of it, before it takes control of you. So how do you steer this beast? Read on!

June 23, 2005


By night, a city slicker patrols the streets. Seen but not seen, he’s just another face in the crowd, unnoticed with trendy glasses and the slickest new Rockport running shoes. He breezes in and out through bars and clubs. He chills with his friends. And if she’s not mad, maybe he’ll call his girlfriend for […]

August 15, 2004

Understanding Bullying

   Bullying is so common that a parent might be tempted to see it as somehow a normal part of growing up. Phrases like “he’s just a big bully” make bullying seem like a harmless thing. But the reality is anything but. When bullying takes root in a school, it sets a tone that undermines […]

May 22, 2004

Halal Games

 With the summer approaching, many of us will be rewarded with a much-needed break from school to finally relax In-sha-Allah. Around this time, gaming companies launch new games that razzle and dazzle us. I would like to take a few moments to discuss an important but often unnoticed matter.

March 1, 2004

Peace Within

   There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried their luck. The king looked at all the representations, but there were only two that fascinated him. Ultimately, he had to choose between them.

February 22, 2004

Activism At School

We, as young Muslims at school, have heard many things about Islam: ?Its all about peace?all about love?all about believing in Allah.? But what does all this mean for us in real life? How many things is Islam about, after all? The answer is sweet and simple; it?s about all, yes that?s right, all! It […]

September 19, 2003

The Power of Teenagers

  ?Relax! You?re still young?Enjoy your life!? This a familiar quote heard throughout the entire world. This popular misconception is discouraging our youth day by day, as a large number of adults perceive this false thought. But in reality, young adults, or teenagers as they are known, can be a major part of the force […]

August 25, 2003

Approaching University Education: Take the Essential Step

  There is a lot of advice that high school students can receive from their teachers and guidance or academic counsellors regarding how they should prepare for a university education. Application instructions can be obtained from the university website or at the registrar’s or the student affairs office. In addition, attending the orientation sessions of […]

May 30, 2003

Modernizing Islam in a Modern World

 Sometimes, us Muslims get an idea. We?re pleased with ourselves?it?s a ?modern? idea. A modern idea for modern Muslims. We get excited about the future?modern ideas manifest in a brighter existence for modern Muslims! We feel bitterness about the past?it keeps haunting us with its backward, extremist ways?not at all modern. And so, we modern […]

May 28, 2003

Your Employment & Expenditure: Keeping it Halal!

  [A Young Muslim’s Guide to Halal Employment]       Every summer young Muslim students go through stressful times trying to find a means of earning that is decent, professional, yet Islamically lawful. In a period of perpetual economic recession, especially in the IT industry, such as the one we are currently witnessing, it is indeed challenging to find such a combo. […]

April 17, 2003

Helping Parents Come Closer to Allah

?I have spent several sleepless nights praying to Allah to guide my parents,? is what Karima, 15, once wrote.

January 27, 2003

Back to the Basics

    Whenever a person lacks motivation or the desire to do any amount of productive work and laziness overcomes that person, usually it is a weakness in their practice of the basic principles of Islam. So essentially, it is upon us to find out what these principles are and what they should mean to […]

June 7, 2002

Saving Your Family

  For a believer one of the most hurtful feelings is when he or she watches their own family going astray from the path of Islam. Most of the time, we do not know how to react. Here are some points to keep in mind when we are in such situations:

May 17, 2002

Watch out for the Arrow!

Oh, what a beautiful day: Twenty-two degrees Celsius; a clear sky; the sun passionately declaring its warmth to the land below.? I put on my cap and decide to go out for a walk.? Moments later, I come across two scantily dressed girls, ?enjoying? the wonderful weather.? Nervously, I look down towards the cement sidewalk […]

March 16, 2002

Making Resolutions That Matter!

Intro to Islamic Calendar and New Year: How the Islamic calendar started Umar ibn al-Khattab and keeping track of letters with time-stamps, uniting the different dating methods of his time

November 26, 2001

You Know Your Islam is in Trouble When ?

  the last thing you learnt about Islam, the Quran, or Jihad was from CNN

April 27, 2001

The Intricacies of Sin

  Walking out of the masjid (mosque), I observe an old man crying. Praying in a dark corner he asks of his Lord for forgiveness. Looking at this man, I remember that I too must have sinned today. I turn back and have a seat. I ask Allah for His forgiveness, for He says in […]

April 27, 2001

Tips on Muslim Youth bringing Youth closer to Allah

  Why should you, a young Muslim, be helping to bring your friends closer to Allah?

April 27, 2001

Prom: Not just One Night of Haram!

  “On the dance floor, this Muslim brother came up to me and said ‘Whoa, [my name] I didn’t know you danced!’ And then he danced off.” – an anonymous Muslim sister’s Prom Night experience, from the Salam newsletter, Montreal, Canada, Summer 1995

April 27, 2001

Proud to Be a Stranger

  Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet (saw) said “Islam began as something strange, and it will revert to being strange as it was in the beginning, so good tidings for the strangers”. Someone asked, “Who are the strangers?” He said, “The ones who break away from their people (literally, ‘tribes’) for the sake […]