What exactly is the point of this celebration of practical jokes and hoaxes? It seems to have started in 16th century France, when they switched to the Gregorian calendar and changed the date of their New Year. Read More from the Urban Legends Expert
For high school students planning to attend university in North America, this is a busy time of year. Most students have heard back now about their college applications, and face the decision of where to attend. University life is quite a change for many young adults. This is true for Muslim students as well, especially those who will be living away from family and community for the first time. For support, see:
Muslim College Life
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Spring is here, and wedding season is upon us! If you're invited to the wedding of a Muslim couple, you may not know what to expect. There are some common Islamic traditions relating to marriage, and then wedding parties also incorporate various cultural traditions as well.
Islamic Marriage Customs
Wedding Party Customs from Around the World
I have a standing cooking arrangement with one of my neighbors. She send me pots of jereesh (a Saudi wheat porridge), and I send over homemade chocolate-chip cookies for her children. Although we don't often see each other on a day-to-day basis, we know that if we needed anything, we could pop over at any time. In the best circumstances, neighbors look out for one another, help each other, and at the very least refrain from annoying those living nearby. I'm sure we all have "neighbor horror stories," but hopefully we have more nice stories to tell as well.
Islam gives Muslims guidance on how we should treat our neighbors. Our neighbors have rights, regardless of whether our neighbors are Muslim or not. Read More