No Makeup Needed
by Muhammad Irfan Shariff
She spoke to me, through the words of a lens And a microphone wrapped with BBC tape, He cried in my arms, Bones wrapped in what's left of a skin canton-crepe. As I apply sunscreen at 40 SPF percent,...
Posted on October 6, 2006 at 4:25 PM | Comments (11)

Glimpse on the month of Ramadhan
by AlBushra
Our opportunity to strengthen and make firm our belief Is in Ramadhan, where there is much relief. We have transgressed in the past, and have gone astray But now so simple it is to gain taqwa, maghfirah, and hidaya...
Posted on September 18, 2006 at 12:19 AM | Comments (8)

by AlBushra
"I want my heart to beat for Allah--- I want my mind to think of Allah--- I want my soul to desire Allah." Distractions preoccupy my heart, mind, and soul Fogging up my life's one and only goal The...
Posted on August 29, 2006 at 6:12 PM | Comments (23)

Bouquet of Taqwa
by AlBushra
Bring me a bouquet of taqwa Whose scent will embed in my heart Forewarning me of my creator's presence With every petal of this world that I pull off Iman displays in the glass of my eyes as it is...
Posted on August 24, 2006 at 1:09 AM | Comments (6)

Beyond Outside
by AlBushra
Beyond the kufi, beyond the beard, beyond the hijab beyond the jelbab ----Lies Someone inside...the self that we hide...the place where we truly reside. Here are the Inner thoughts, the deep emotions, the evil temptations The dark call Whispers...
Posted on August 19, 2006 at 1:14 PM | Comments (13)

by Mohamed ElAmin Kouar
...Because it's Allah we aim to please.
Posted on April 29, 2006 at 12:08 AM | Comments (6)

Microphone Check, One, Two, One, Two
by Muhammad Irfan Shariff
Because no one is going to give us the microphone…we actually have to go up and GRAB IT
Posted on April 25, 2006 at 11:49 PM | Comments (12)

Set me free
by Amatullah
Watch me scale the highest sky.
Posted on February 26, 2006 at 7:36 AM | Comments (8)

Glad tidings
by AlBushra
Glad tidings at the time of death would be the true Muslim dream My dreams are of this and that..of him and her I want to be a princess in the eyes of Allah swt Her eyes on Yawm...
Posted on February 7, 2006 at 12:56 AM | Comments (3)

by Amatullah
A light enters my body From the very tip of my toes and begins to spread It begins to radiate It’s brilliance… it’s love… it’s ecstasy It permeates every cell of my body It traverses on a journey To...
Posted on January 18, 2006 at 2:00 AM | Comments (7)

How to be a Scholar
by 'Abdul Muntaqim
think enough to know   know enough to think after asking, listen   after listening, ask do what you know   know what you do know when you are wrong   & why you are right forget not to forgive...
Posted on October 24, 2005 at 1:23 PM | Comments (3)

First Things First
by Faisal Akhtar
It's nice that we have our priorities straight.
Posted on September 27, 2005 at 10:36 AM | Comments (8)

An Encounter with Reality
by Bint Idris
As I stepped wearily into the Sanaa Airport arrivals area, my eyes scanned the crowd for anybody that might look like an agent sent to pick us up. Actually, there wasn’t much of a crowd, just random groups of people...
Posted on September 24, 2005 at 7:10 PM | Comments (6)

by Saleem Safdar
Bismillah. These words soothe the soul, Stabilizing it from the droll, The constant drone that is always abuzz, With stray thoughts, and worldly fuss. The sound puts the nafs at rest, And eases the burden of the heaving chest....
Posted on July 12, 2005 at 1:57 AM | Comments (10)

My First Da'wah Opportunity Gone Mad
by Samira Amer
I was a little frightened and hesitant, wondering if I should walk to my car alone or tell one of the cops sitting at the tables outside to escort me. At this point I was shaking, I had no idea why, so I just walked really fast to my car looking back over my shoulder to make sure Mr. Jay wasn’t going to follow me with the rest of his life story.
Posted on June 29, 2005 at 8:04 AM | Comments (4)

La illa ha ilallah
by Saleem Safdar
La illa ha ilallah There is no God but Allah La illa ha ilallah There is no God but Allah La illa ha IlAllah There is no God but Allah La illa ha IlAllah There is no God but...
Posted on June 21, 2005 at 11:59 AM | Comments (2)

Of Fire, Clay, and Dust.
by Saleem Safdar
It’s sometime after six. Dimly lit streetlights reveal a sleepy suburban street. It isn’t night anymore, nor daylight yet. A sole light shines through one of the front windows of the masjid. The front door opens to reveal an elderly...
Posted on May 22, 2005 at 8:36 PM | Comments (9)

Man vs. Machine
by Reef Ali
The body is the best machine i ever seen Cause my brain is a processor And my head is the screen I've got two advanced lens that will shame you minolta Every sickness gotta face all my white celled soldiers...
Posted on April 21, 2005 at 3:03 PM | Comments (2)

Whirlwind of Thoughts in Irfonix
by Muhammad Irfan Shariff
And as I woke in the morning I see the same… pop-up windows, thongs creeping from the low rise jeans, marijuana smoke, empty Inspiral boxes
Posted on April 11, 2005 at 12:00 PM | Comments (7)

How to Talk to a Guy
by Sister Ibtisam
May Allah allow us to follow these rules and regulations especially on, as the internet is a great fitnah where the reality of gender interactions is blurred and many rules broken. I ask forgiveness from Allah for doing anything inappropriate in terms of gender interactions and I ask forgiveness from brothers who I have offended or insulted and likewise from sisters.
Posted on April 5, 2005 at 12:13 AM | Comments (34)

Of Perception and Vision
by Saleem Safdar
Woe unto you, Fakir, who perceives – Truth in light and shadow that deceives One into belief in the transient Whose existence is as that of the midday shade That lengthens before it dies out before Al-Maghrib… Woe unto...
Posted on March 30, 2005 at 2:22 AM | Comments (7)

Seeking His Face
by Saleem Safdar
Alone… a stranger in an unfamiliar place Alone… seeking Allah’s face Filtering the sound of its meaningless noise Clearing ground of its filth, like a farmer on his tilth No mat, no cap, no robe or respect Only adorned by...
Posted on March 17, 2005 at 5:15 PM | Comments (8)

Tawakkultu 'Alallah
by Amatullah
 covered by incomprehensible confusion, stifled by angst, worried,scared,apprehensive,anxious,guilty,depressed...BREATHE! just BREATHE!   just wanna go back and do things differently. reality is obscured, i don't have the answers to the questions that shatter my peace of mind. i don't have the courage...
Posted on January 3, 2005 at 12:07 AM | Comments (12)

What Lies Within
by Amani Elsawah
She’s a beauty queen of seventeen One of the prettiests girl you’ve ever seen She’s got a great body and the clothes that she wears Are trendy and showy to make all the guys stare She’s got hair and skin...
Posted on December 28, 2004 at 3:31 AM | Comments (11)

The Man of Her Dreams…
by Sister Juhayna
At Age 14…(aka the dreamy, delusional age) The guy I want to marry has to be rich and handsome, athletic, with nice bright colored eyes, very religious (but not extreme) and good. He has to be funny and caring and...
Posted on December 20, 2004 at 1:16 AM | Comments (108)

If Only...
by Sister Juhayna
As-salaam alaikum wa rahmutullahi wa barakatu, Here’s a light-hearted article to hopefully lift your spirits before finals and as a change from all the serious (but very good, masha’Allah) articles on Hidaya. As Asmaa entered the bathroom of the Paul...
Posted on December 14, 2004 at 2:00 AM | Comments (16)

He's Just a Friend, Part II
by Sister Munazza
Sophia stood outside her parents’ room. She felt this sudden urge to knock on the door and confess to her mother about Tariq…to relieve the burden on her…she reached for the knob…she couldn’t…she turned around and went back into...
Posted on December 13, 2004 at 4:30 PM | Comments (21)

Shootin' The Breeze With Uncle Sam
by Saleem Safdar
Another boisterous night of noise - To empty the mind and soul of poise - Standing in judgment, one of the other - While professing by Allah to be brothers. The elders sit and sip their soothing chai -...
Posted on December 5, 2004 at 3:03 AM | Comments (4)

He's Just a Friend, Part 1
by Sister Munazza
“He is just a friend”, said Sophia to her best friend Farah as they crossed the street to enter CAC campus center. Farah smiled, “Right, that’s why you can’t stop talking about him and when you aren’t talking about him...
Posted on December 1, 2004 at 1:05 PM | Comments (19)

To Be or not to Be: What is MY Career?
by Sister Ibtisam
To be a doc or not to be a doc. To be a teacher or not to be a teacher. To be something or not to be something. One of the hardest decisions one makes in life is a...
Posted on November 29, 2004 at 2:36 AM | Comments (11)

Inside your heart screams
by Muhammad Irfan Shariff
Inside your heart screams Scream again Scream and let your soul scream with agony for one’s heart and mind causes so much distress Scream Like jumping hopscotch through 3 Palestinian landmines Like hugging a single mother who goes through torment...
Posted on November 18, 2004 at 1:04 PM | Comments (5)

Prepare for Battle
by Mostafa Khalifa
[Editor's Note] This article first appeared on Eid-ul-Fitr 1424. It appears once again on the front page of Hidaya on this day of Eid-ul-Fitr 1425. Eid Mubarak, brothers and sisters. Kull 'aam wantum bi khair. Assalaamu alaikum, Kull sana...
Posted on November 13, 2004 at 12:38 AM | Comments (40)

The Days & Nights of Ramadan
by Saleem Safdar
Today rejoice! Today pray! Ramadan has come to allay The weary, the tears, & fears of the past Year with the sanctity of the fast Performed for the sake of the Almighty Lord In the month He revealed His...
Posted on October 25, 2004 at 3:22 PM | Comments (1)

Month of Mercy
by Imran Khan
Oh Spiritual Wayfarer, the portal of mercy has arrived A month where food for the soul is derived We seek out that sliver in the sky with no doubt For its time for purifying both in and out From nothingness...
Posted on October 22, 2004 at 11:13 PM | Comments (3)

by Muhammad Irfan Shariff
I remember last year about this time I was planning the next foam party in some hot sleazy filled club in the city or jersey. I remember quite a bit from when I was sleeping, the money I earned,...
Posted on October 20, 2004 at 2:50 AM | Comments (12)

by Sister Ibtisam
“And who is more better in speech than one who calls to Allaah (says: My Lord is Allaah – believes in His oneness) and does good deeds and says I am indeed from amongst the Muslims. Good and bad...
Posted on September 30, 2004 at 2:55 PM | Comments (5)

Fear & Faith: The Abandonment of Fear Through Certitude [Yaqin]
by Saleem Safdar
Most people spend their lives surrounded by a shadowy shell of fear that they have created around themselves. Most of their actions are inspired or inhibited by a certain sense of fear. Fear of not having enough. Fear of not...
Posted on September 28, 2004 at 1:14 AM | Comments (5)

Al-Hamd – The Forgotten Fruit
by Mostafa Khalifa
Have you ever been driving down a road and seen someone waiting to turn onto the road from a side street, or even trying to get into your lane on the highway? Have you ever held the door open for...
Posted on August 31, 2004 at 1:11 AM | Comments (3)

Towards A Brighter Tomorrow: Why Muslim Students Should Consider A Career in Law
by Saleem Safdar
The Muslim Ummah is experiencing one of the worst periods in its history in terms of a lack of scholarship, leadership, and unity. As a result, Muslims have been the target of systematic oppression throughout the world. For many Muslims...
Posted on May 24, 2004 at 1:43 AM | Comments (11)

Our Duty to the World: Let’s Do Our Part
by Amani Elsawah
Many of you may not know this, but April 22nd was Earth Day. Aah, Earth Day. I love Earth Day. Really, I do. I feel like a tree-hugging hippie saying that, but it’s true. It’s the only non-Muslim “holiday”...
Posted on April 24, 2004 at 9:52 PM | Comments (5)

shards of mirror
by Saleem Safdar
a poem.
Posted on April 15, 2004 at 2:29 PM | Comments (8)