Monthly Archives: September 2016

Dealing with failure: The Muslim Man’s Guide to College Part IX

Academically, my lowest point in college was the first semester of Organic Chemistry. Even after being warned about the class by my friends, I was completely unprepared. I failed my first exam. My next test was only marginally better. With the looming threat of an “F” appearing on my transcript, I withdrew from the class and retook it the next …

Read More »

To MSA or Not to MSA? The Muslim Man’s Guide to College Part X

Before I started college, it seemed everyone had some advice to give me. Much of it was contradictory but one piece of advice remained constant no matter who it came from. “Join the Muslim Students Association in your college. It’ll foster your iman and give you a good group of people to hang around with.” I took that advice to …

Read More »

Haroun Al Raschid – A poem by Abul ‘Atahiya rewritten by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The son of the Abassid Caliph al-Mahdi and a Yemeni slave girl, Harun al-Rashid became caliph during the peak of what is known as the Islamic Golden Age. During his rule, Baghdad grew into the greatest city of the world. The historian Mas’udi writes that shortly before the death of Harun al-Rashid, he was reading poetry about the ephemeral nature …

Read More »

How to Study: The Muslim Man’s Guide to College Part VIII

The most important and tangible thing you get out of college is your degree, ideally with a high GPA. Some people will find that what worked for them in high school will continue to work for them in college. If so, no need to read the rest of this article. For others, either they didn’t do well in high school …

Read More »

Imam al-Layth’s letter to Imam Mālik

For the context of this letter, please refer to this post. — In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Form al-Layth b. Sa`d to Mālik b. Anas. I salute you with peace and praise Allah besides whom there is no God. May Allah grant prosperity to us both, and bless us with the good in this world and …

Read More »