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It’s Facebook Official Now, So Ramadan Mubarak!

Written at the commencement of Ramadan 2014 When I was somewhere around 12 years old, my family would go celebrate ‘Chaand Raat’ at a local Desi restaurant. For those of you who are unfamiliar, chaand raat (literally ‘moon night’) is basically partying it up the night before Ramadan starts. It was my designated duty to go to the payphone every …

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Jealousy, Attention, and the Social Media Highlight Reel

Everyone has had that night. It’s been a long day. You didn’t get much sleep. Some crazy driver cut you off on the way home. You’re behind on all your work. There’s family stress and financial stress. Prayer was supposed to be a refuge but you just rushed and got it over with. In short, life is hard. You’re grinding, …

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Takathur, Documenting, and Experiencing

Seeing a dolphin jump out of the water is amazing to see in real life. It’s why thousands of families flock to places like Sea World. It’s why I took my kids to Sea World as well. As we settled in to watch the show, I looked around and realized something. The kids in the crowd were all sitting in …

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Bread and Circuses

panem et circenses iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, panem et circenses. -Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81 This poem was penned by a satirical Roman poet in the 1st/2nd Century AD. It translates to: Already long ago, from when we sold our …

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Dua – The Greatest Casualty In A Socially Networked Life

“Just as every technology is an invitation to enhance some part of our lives, it’s also, necessarily, an invitation to be drawn away from something else.” – Michael Harris, The End of Absence. A Typical Day It’s 30 minutes before fajr time ends. The alarm on your smartphone starts blaring. You reach over and try to swipe the screen but end up smacking …

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The Fiqh of Foodstagramming

Once, while in college, I was hanging out with some friends in the Masjid lobby. An uncle sat down and started talking to us. After a brief moment of silence, he dropped something on me that has stuck with me for life. And that’s hard to do by the way, figuring out what makes an idea stick is a holy …

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5 Quick Tips to Keep Social Media From Ruining Your Marriage

Does Social Media Really Cause Divorce? Facebook is more commonly being listed as a cause of divorce. But is social media really the culprit? Social media is a tool, and a magnifying lens. To answer the question it is important to understand how social media impacts marriages. Married couples have had problems and issues since the beginning of time. It …

Eating Before Taking a Photo?

I’m not eating till Instagram gets fixed! How am I suppose to enjoy a meal if I can’t get likes on it?! — Tiara Bella (@TIARABELLAAA) April 12, 2014