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Banned From Basketball: Why the NCAA’s First Veiled Muslim Woman Can’t Play Pro

When Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir plays basketball, she worries about nothing. “It takes me out of real life,” she said. The irony is that in real life basketball bans Bilqis from pursuing her worry-free living and dream. Why? Because she made history in 2010 as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s first female Muslim basketball player who wears…

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We Need to Do More of This Syrian Refugee’s Act of Kindness

Selfless gestures often inspire me. Humanitarian campaigns and initiatives are needed and appreciated. But small, individual acts of kindness have powerful social change elements that go unnoticed. Noah, a Syrian refugee seeking political asylum in Dallas, Texas, is a great example of how an act of kindness could create profound and positive social change. Noah…

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There’s Little Support for Muslim Women Behind Bars

“This isn’t about me. This is about the women I left behind,” said Yasmeen Harris in an emotional appeal on November 9, 2013, calling attention to the struggle of Muslim female inmates she shared a cell with. Sharing her incarceration story at the symposium “California Jails and Muslim Inmates,” Harris talked about the lack of…

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Sexism is Not Part of Islam: Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Says Driving “Exposes Women to Evil”

Every time I read a “religious” edict about the “devilish horrors” of Muslim women, my brain freezes, and my blood boils, while my heart shatters with grief and despair.  It happened again today when I read the latest (sexist) statements from Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, as he was defending the fatwa (law) that bans women…

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The Cycle of Terror: On Islamophobia, Mental Illness and Terrorism

According to Think Progress, studies show that Islamophobia is giving Muslims mental disorders. The article says: “Researchers are just beginning to explore the kind of toll that Islamophobia can take on the mental and physical health of Muslim-Americans — and it’s unsurprisingly harsh…Perceived Islamophobia has a distinct effect on Muslim minorities’ health and identification.” So,…

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Iran Bans its Citizens from Going to Umrah – Not Hajj

Since news broke of Iran severing all commercial ties with Saudi Arabia, after the execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr Al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia and the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, major media outlets published inaccurate information about the Iranian “ban on pilgrimage.” I guess in the flurry of journalistic excitement on the issue,…

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Anousheh Ansari: The First Muslim Female Space Tourist

“Ready … here we go!” “Nine … eight … seven …” It was really happening! “Six … five … four …” I’m really going… “Three …” “Two …” “One.” The space shuttle took off. Anousheh Ansari giggled like a schoolgirl at the sight of flying objects. Peeping through her tiny porthole, her laughter stopped as…

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Bilal: First Animated Middle Eastern Film

Amid challenging times for Muslims everywhere emerges the empowering story of Bilal, the Middle East’s first animated feature film about a boy named Bilal, who dreams of becoming a warrior, and his sister Ghufaira. Inspired by the life of Bilal Ibn Rabah, an African slave who became one of the most beloved companions to the…