THE BASIC MUSLIM TAG | 15 Questions for Muslim Youtubers to do!

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

The internet could seriously use a blogpost like this since I couldn’t find a proper tag for muslims to do. If you’re a muslim youtuber or even blogger, this would be a fun set of questions to answer to have your followers get to know more about you while being entertained, enjoy and feel free to add or change anything!

Also, please don’t start any religious debates from these questions, they’re supposed to be a cool way to learn more about each other, not a heated political/religious debate, ok? Ok, so here they are: Continue reading

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Top 6 Reasons Muslim Girls Need to Visit Oman!

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One of the main reasons I haven’t been active on Muslimgurl.com is because 4 months ago I came to live in Oman. 

A quick recap of Oman; it’s a predominantly muslim country, one of the most peaceful and safest places in the world, and most importantly, a muslim country where even religious sects pray side by side in harmony. I’m talking like Shia and Sunni’s praying side by side without being at each others throats, like if that’s not an achievement, I don’t know what is.

And it sounds nice doesn’t it? Well, it gets even better 🙂

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Picture I stole from the blog Andy in Oman. It’s a photo of the food court in Muscat City Centre I believe.

1. EVERYTHIG IS HALAL

This one might be obvious, as a muslim country it’s readily assumed that everything there will be halal. However, in Oman it’s even better because they include all the major diners and restaurants you might’ve had back home, except now you can eat whatever you want in them at any location. Nandos, Subway, Pizza Hut, Burger King, McDonald’s, Chilies, Tim Horton’s… they’re all here and they’re all halal! No need to search online for halal
restaurants before I leave the house anymore :p

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Sunset at Yeti when we visited during Eid!

2. BEACH, GYM, POOL…BEACH!!

You know those stares that you get when you’re at the beach fully dressed while everyone else isn’t? You don’t get that here. You can swim dressed in anything you like at the beach. And there’s plenty of women’s only gyms and pools that you can go to without having to feel like you’re doing something horrifically wrong simply because of the way you’re dressed. And actually, you can wear whatever you want, put on an abaya, then take off the abaya in the locker room and voila. Zero awkwardness. Zero uncomfortableness. 

 

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A picture of Oman Avenues Mall from the outside that I stole from the internet!

3. SHOPPING 

The target consumer is you! Toothpaste ads emphasize things like “minimal breath” during ramadan and those delicious food commercials apply to you as well! Furthermore like with restaurants, all the major brands you’d want like Zara, Mango, H&M, Victoria’s Secret and a hundred others are all here. How sweet is that. 

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See that hat the guy is wearing? That’s a distinctly Omani hat to wear for men. Also, image credit goes to the British Council.

4. DIVERSITY

Many Middle Eastern countries now a days, lack diversity due to the safety issues prevalent in the area, however, in Oman, you will find a large population of Indian, Philippino, British, Bangladeshi, basically many ethnicities so you don’t feel ethnically bound to only one group, one culture and one way of thinking. 

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Sultan Qaboos Mosque (the 3rd largest mosque in the world) here in Muscat, Oman. Picture taken a few days ago, if you come early in the morning, you can head to the office and volunteer to help out for the day!

5. FITTING IN 

When I first stepped foot in Oman, there was a strange feeling of relief: not because we’d landed safely, but because I no longer had to prove that I’m a normal human being who doesn’t carry out terroristic acts for my religion to every single person I passed by.

I know it might sound a bit extreme, but the brutal reality is that unfortunately, some people really do believe that I, as a hijabi woman, would try to hurt them as part of my “religious beliefs.”

And the worst part is, there is no way to distinguish between someone who dislikes me for my personality and those who dislike me for my religion. The relationship is so gray that I’m constantly torn between, should I try harder to make a good impression to represent my reigion better, or do I change something about myself because it’s setting people off. Is it me they hate, or is it what I represent?


It’s a very confusing battleground, and the worst part is I can’t imagine the middle schoolers and high schoolers having to deal with this in addition to their life overload at this stage in their lives.

And that’s where the relief comes now that I’m in Oman: nothing is gray. The majority are muslim and the expats are here willingly, furthermore there is no sectarianism here. Meaning unlike other muslim countries, they don’t care about the political sunni-shia issues, the mosques here are beautiully packed with worshippers praying with their hands at their sides or across their chest, each to their own.

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6. ENGLISH, ENGLISH, ENGLISH!

Though it is an arabic country, the majority of transactions and interactions are done in English. Signs, prints, ads, everything is in big, bold beautiful English! To me this is a major plus since even day to day interactions such as at the cashier and restaurants are carried out in English, making my life so much easier since I no longer have to explain why yes, I’m arab, and yes I can speak arabic, but no, I have no idea how to communicate with you when I’m trying to order food or trying to open a bank account. 


And though Oman is a quiet and traditional country, it is organized and well-maintained, obviously there are downsides, but overall, it’s a not too shabby place to be in, and I will most definitely miss it when I leave next week. If you have the chance, give this charming quiet little country a visit.

Muslim Girl’s reaction to Trump’s Presidential Victory | 2016

I’m in utter disbelief. It took America hundreds of years to finally select the first black president back in 2008, a move that most would call progressive. With him being selected there was actually hope that Martin Luther King’s dream wouldn’t remain a dream, that America had finally moved on from the silly dividing notions of race and ethnicities.

And what happens eight short years after? A candidate wins for having beliefs to discriminate against ethnicities and religions and races and even genders. Millions of people lie in their graves, shaking with the notion that their death for the Civil War, or the suffragist movement turned into a full circle back to where it was.

My problem isn’t with Trump so much as it is with his supporters. The ones that have come out and said things that are absolutely wrong to the core, yet in their mind it’s mysteriously justified in some unexplainable way. Whether it’s regarding building the wall (which a latina wholeheartedly supported Trump for) or the many women that gave him nearly half their votes disregarding his misconducts against women, with some female supporters telling the victims “to get over it” as if it were nothing. Do I even need to elaborate further on the wrongness of this whole situation and the election? Do I need to mention any of the other rude and offensive things he’s said, and the stances he’s taken on issues?

There is a lot I can say about this topic, but it all comes down to the shock that is the millions who share this sentiment towards other ethnicities and elected him solely for this purpose. The ones who selected them as their “hero” to purge America of all that is different in order to make it “great again”

 

Furthermore, is anyone else worried that the future president, or whoever is running his twitter does not know proper english. Let’s just hope it’s a typo.

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Anyways, the reality is like with any president, only so much can be changed in the country in four, or God forbid eight years. And if anything, we’ll at least enjoy some good antics from Trump on TV. Let’s just hope none of those antics initiate a WW3. That wouldn’t be so great.

MY GIFT TO YOU THIS MUHARRAM | NEW ISLAMIC YEAR

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

For the New Islamic Year, I’d like to give you guys a gift from the Qur’an:

” وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنْتُمْ “

 It’s a wonderful reminder that wherever we are, wherever we go- that whatever happens this upcoming year and wherever we end up- through every detail of it, Allah (SWT) has been, and will be with us through it. That He will be witness to all of our highs and lows, and what ever hardships we face and how we’ll bravely overcome them or how we’ll terribly fail, through this entire process of changing and becoming who we are, Allah (SWT) will be witness. 

I’m saying this as a reminder to tell you that HE will see all that you do this year, and also as a reminder that hey- HE will be there- so don’t forget to call on HIM. During both, the highs and lows, in gratitude and in cries for help, don’t forget that HE’s there. Truly feel his presence, and let it envelope you with feelings of safety and tranquility and righteous company. Happy Islamic New Years guys.

~M.G

What do you do when you’re a young Muslim and you walk by an anti-Muslim rally | Jack The Lad

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What do you do when you’re a young Muslim and you walk by an anti-Muslim rally? You mock them by casually making selfies with them.
That’s what the Belgian 22-year old Zakia Belkhiri did at an Islamophobic protest by the far-right group Flemish Interest.

Though seemingly trivial, it takes a lot of courage and humor to do such a disarming thing. The Flemish Interest is known for their politics of hate, but Zakia even managed to make some of the bigots to smile. It’s clear who won the day here. Smile It’s Sunnah


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Hello? Earth to Muslims

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Nothing irks me more than a person with the name Mohammad who represents Islam without wanting to, and is an example of everything it’s not.

You know, that one guy in class, Mohammad, who walks in the halls with his hand in his girlfriend’s, his 2nd girlfriend’s. And let’s not talk about the hourly smooching sessions he likes to hold with her at the end of the hallway right by the stairs, as everyone watches.

So much for modesty, Mohammad.

This is the guy that likes to yell “Allah” for fun as a joke with his friends, and gets excused from running the mile in gym class because “I’m fasting today Mr.Brown” and then you see him stuffing his face with cafeteria spaghetti right after. Continue reading

FILM FRIDAYS: This Is Not An Apology!

Superb video mashAllah!