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First Ramadan In The Bay Area

If you were to ask me where I spent the best Ramadan of my life before this year, I would probably tell you that it was either the Ramadan I spent in Egypt during my time studying abroad or the Ramadan that I spent a portion of in the blessed cities of Makkah and Madinah. All the other Ramadans I spent in the United States couldn’t beat the Ramadans I experienced in Muslim lands, but after this year’s Ramadan, I can confidently say that I have experienced a Ramadan in the United States that now holds the number two spot on my list of the best Ramadans of my life…  Read more

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Ramadan Quran Gems

Ramadan Mubarak everyone! Today marks day 12 of Ramadan, which means we’re already a third of the way through this blessed month and approaching the halfway point. The Quran describes Ramadan as “a number of days,” emphasizing the short duration of this special time, so we should make the most of every moment.

If you’ve been following our newsletter, you’ve likely seen the Quran gems we’ve been sharing. But if you missed them, no worries! We’ve included them below. Each Quran mind map is a visual representation of a chapter of the Quran, providing an overview of the themes and takeaways from that chapter. We want to encourage everyone to take full advantage of this month of Quran by reading and reflecting on the Quran regularly!… Read more

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Donate to the Muslim American Society (MAS) Bay Area

As Muslims, we have a responsibility to support and uplift one another. That’s why we’re asking for your help to support the Muslim American Society (MAS) Bay Area, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving and empowering the Muslim community in the Bay Area.

At MAS Bay Area, we provide a wide range of programs and services that aim to educate, empower, and engage the Muslim community. From youth programs to Islamic education and community outreach, we’re committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive space for all Muslims.

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I Ate Pork?! A Ramadan Reflection by Michelle Schafieh

A couple years ago, my siblings and I decided to go to Panera Bread for iftar. This was my first time going there, so I was excited to try the food. I ordered a turkey sandwich because it looked delicious on the menu, and it came with a side of soup. It was minutes before iftar, so my mouth was watering just waiting for the order.

I took my food to-go because my siblings wanted to eat at the restaurant next door. Finally, it was time to eat. I took the biggest bite, and at first, it tasted delicious. When I went in for another bite, something tasted off. I could taste an extra ingredient, so I opened the sandwich and looked inside. Suddenly, my heart dropped. I saw BACON Read more

The Power of Human Change: Tayba Foundation

By Muhammad Abdur-Rahman, Tayba Instructor & Office Manager

This week we’re featuring a post by Tayba Foundation, a local non-profit doing amazing work in the Bay Area and across the country. Keep reading to learn more about Tayba Foundation in their own words!… Read more

Reflecting on Ramadan in the Bay

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

It’s my favorite time of the year!

 It’s the most blessed month of the year!

Yes, you’re right— – it’s the month of Ramadan. And it’s around the corner. Alhamdulillah! Today, I want to share my typical day during Ramadan in the Bay Area. But first, let me describe what Ramadan means to me.

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Shop Local this Ramadan!

Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan has started which means that Eid is coming up soon!

Let us make Ramadan and Eid gift shopping easy for you! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite local Muslims-owned businesses that you can support while getting your shopping done.

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Chasing Your Goals – A Runner’s Perspective

The San Francisco Muslim Running Club: MAS Blog

The San Francisco Muslim Running Club (SFMRC) was started in February of 2022 to bring together Bay Area Muslims while promoting health and fitness within our greater Muslim community. Inspired by a sister organization, Dallas Muslim Running Club (DMRC), our weekend morning runs allow us to get outside and connect with Muslims that we may have not met otherwise.

A milestone for our club was having over 40 runners in the San Francisco Marathon races (5k, 10k, half marathon, and full)! … Read more

Part 2 of our series on the San Francisco Muslim Running Club (SFMRC). To recap, …

The San Francisco Muslim Running Club (SFMRC) was started to bring together Bay Area Muslims while promoting health and fitness in the community. The group has expanded to South Bay and East Bay and now features runs across the Bay Area.… Read more

Chasing Your Goals – A Runner’s Perspective

Chasing Your Goals – A Runner’s Perspective

by Asmaa Mourad

You set a goal for yourself, now what? Navigating how to follow through on a goal can be challenging but not impossible. Achieving a goal can feel so far-fetched at times that it can set you back or make you want to give up. But with discipline and tarbiya, you can genuinely achieve anything. 

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From Goals to Habits

Spiritual Aspects of Setting Goals

From Goals to Habits: Tips for Your 2023 New Year’s Resolutions! We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Will Durant- Can you believe it’s already December! 2022 flew by and if you’re anything like me,  .Read more

Spiritual Aspects of Setting Goals

Spiritual Aspects of Setting Goals

One of the hallmarks of a MAS gathering is a  small reminder at the beginning for everybody present to renew their intentions. Have you ever wondered why  emphasis is placed on this simple action? We first need to understand the importance that Iﷺ‬m has placed on intentions to truly understand the beauty of it. If I were to ask you, the reader, to tell me one hadith of our beloved ﷺ‬, many of us might  say the famous hadith known as the hadith of intentions. This is a hadith in which our beloved ﷺ‬ says … Read more

Thanksgiving is right around the corner

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! For a lot of us, this means spending time with family and reflecting on what we are grateful for. As a newcomer to the West Coast, only being here for 6 months, my perception of gratitude changed. When I arrived, people would welcome me to the “better coast,” which the East Coaster in me bristled at and brushed off as ‘they don’t know any better’. But over time, the West Coast has grown on me, and I realized there are some pretty unique and amazing qualities about the Bay Area in particular that make me grateful for moving here (other than just the sunny weather!).Read more