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 Search for Solace

Essay by
Dec 7 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 3 min read

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

To A Mere Headscarf

Poem by
Sep 28 · 3 min read

You are spit at, ripped off, flown and lit. But when I advocate for you, shout out the world for you, they treat me like you. I am spit at,...

To All My Cups of Tea

Memoir by
Aug 31 · 5 min read

You calmed me the morning before an exam. You soothed me after long college hours in the afternoons. You gave me a boost whenever I needed...

Hand Me Down Your Revolution

Memoir by
Aug 21 · 5 min read

I say, “I think we, as a generation, are unlearning a lot of toxic ideas.” She says, “Unlearning has been focal in my growth as a...

He Asked Her…

Poem by
Jul 30 · 3 min read

He asked her If you were once what is beneath you, Then aren’t your sleeves a bit too see-through? Isn’t vulnerability kind of...

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