Hijab and Empowerment Cliches

Is wearing hijab empowering? When Muslim feminists say this, they explain it by appealing to the notion of choice. A Muslim woman is empowered...

The Misogyny of Islamic Law

"Look at fiqh, i.e., Islamic jurisprudence. Isn't it so misogynistic? Isn't it so biased against women? If we didn't know better, we would think...

Women Praying Behind Men?! Never!

A Recent Conversation Between Two MSA Board Members Person A: For Friday prayers, the idea of women praying behind men is offensive. It's a grave...

Stop Saying Dumb Things About Hijab

Unfortunately, everything Muslims today say and write about hijab is polluted with distortions and misconceptions that occlude the meaning, purpose, and significance of the...

Who Can Speak About Feminism?

"You can't speak about feminism unless you're a woman." "You can't write about transgenderism unless you're transgendered." "You can't opine on homosexuality unless you're...

“Child Marriage” in Bangladesh

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/28/the-saddest-bride-i-have-ever-seen-child-marrige-is-as-popular-as-ever-in-bangladesh/ Spare me the sad bride pictures, Washington Post Comparing "child marriage" in countries like Bangladesh to marriage in the US or Western Europe -- where...

Should Muslims Study Philosophy?  

I studied philosophy for 7 years at the undergraduate and graduate levels. But I had a specific intention in mind. The vast majority of philosophy...

Mineral Wealth in Afghanistan!

Link: http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-minerals-mapped/24651540.html  Wow, the US Geological Survey is doing the Afghans such a great service by mapping out all their mineral wealth for them. Thank God...

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The Trickiest Atheist Argument [Video]

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The Fallacy of “Don’t Judge!” in Islam

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Note: This is a living document that will in sha’ Allah be updated as Yaqeen continues to publish content for the Muslim community. If...

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The response of governments to the coronavirus has transformed the world. Numerous basic freedoms have simply been suspended, removed, or severely curtailed.  Were these freedoms...

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