Castle in the Books
Illustration by Munira Akhter for Muslim Youth Musings

Let your thoughts run wild.

Join us as we reflect through creative literature. Our family of amazing writers pour their talent into riveting short stories, poetry, and memoirs, and then polish them in one-on-one editing sessions. Get lost in their thoughts, and explore writing that's relevant to you.

Welcome to Muslim Youth Musings, a world of Islamic literature. Are you ready?

The Experiences of a Black And Muslim Girl Living in America

Fatimata Cham
Memoir by
Jan 15 · 5 min read

I sit here and try to write, but it comes up as a blank. You would think that it would be easy to write about something like this, but...

Breath of Death

Story by
Dec 28, 2017 · 15 min read

It’s funny, how we live life fretting over the pettiest things, and not fretting over the important things. For example, this past...

If I Weep

Poem by
Dec 21, 2017 · 4 min read

if i weep, it’s because i can only hold onto grief,   and if i cry, it’s because there’s no place for me,   and...

Her Name Meant Mercy

Poem by
Dec 14, 2017 · 3 min read

When I first saw her, I couldn’t yet perceive That this veiled figure would be the friend of my dreams Whose existence was hidden from me...

The Search for Solace

Essay by
Dec 7, 2017 · 6 min read

Sometimes it feels like all is lost. Sometimes it feels like hope is out of reach. Sometimes it feels like you’re on the brink of...

“Start a Scene.” My Favorite Improv Night

Essay by
Dec 2, 2017 · 6 min read

We step onto the stage, just me and my classmate. We’d been through three levels of improv class together, and this was Day 1 of Level 4....

Un-blocked: Tackling Writer’s Block

Poem by
Nov 22, 2017 · 4 min read

My river of ink has finally run dry and its bank of blank sheets are vast, haunting. How do I pull my pen across the foe that frightens me...

Awake at This Hour

Maryam Abdul-Kareem
Poem by
Nov 15, 2017 · 2 min read

To be awake at this hour, submitting to my Lord / Awake! / To the nourishment of the soul...

They Were Blessed

Poem by
Nov 8, 2017 · 2 min read

They raised their eyebrows, and glanced towards each other, the thoughts obvious, a full conversation, without any words...

Beyond the Surface

Story by
Nov 4, 2017 · 8 min read

This wasn’t the first time the fisherman had hauled in a once living person, but never before had it been child-sized....

A Melody of Gratitude

Sarah Anwar
Memoir by
Oct 28, 2017 · 4 min read

From the precise arrangement of petals on a rose to the face of the lake that glitters in the sunlight, the beauty witnessed in the life...

Light & Darkness

Maryam Abdul-Kareem
Poem by
Oct 17, 2017 · 3 min read

Ponder. Light and Darkness. Too often I found myself in the absence of Light....

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