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

Welcome to a world of Islamic literature!

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.

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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....

To A Mere Headscarf

Poem by
Sep 28, 2017 · 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, 2017 · 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, 2017 · 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, 2017 · 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...

Something to Love

Memoir by
Jul 23, 2017 · 3 min read

When you find a book you love, or when you watch or listen to something that touches your soul, one of the things that makes it more...

13 Ways of Looking at My Mother

Poem by
Jul 16, 2017 · 3 min read

Her pale, slender fingers fly through my hair as she braids it in the kitchen on a Monday morning, while I panic, thinking of my bus to...

Layla’s Miracle

Story by
Jun 15, 2017 · 11 min read

The train slipped through the silent, snowy landscape. Most passengers were either returning home or vacationing. But one, a petite girl of...

From Sadness to Satisfaction

Poem by
Jun 15, 2017 · 3 min read

Unexplainable sorrow alongside this blinding happiness as I read, With all my days of laziness and negativity, I now don’t agree. As...

Dead Language

Poem by
Jun 15, 2017 · 1 min read

My heart sat on the window pane: bleaked; stripped; pounding. I reminisced of the stolen happiness sitting on my face. I rewrote my tears...

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