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The Muslim Community is Failing Our Rohingya Brothers and Sisters

It’s that time of the year when social media timelines are flooded with pictures and posts of friends sharing important milestones and life-achievements — from graduations to weddings to births. As I click the “like” button or double-tap these special moments, my attention is diverted by flashes of distraught and famished faces of the Rohingya…

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An Interview with Jameel Syed: ‘The Voice Heard Around the World’

Jameel Syed, founder and CEO of Fluidvisions branding firm and author of 99 Scenarios: Business in the American Muslim Sector, is currently on a mission to make the adhaan (call to prayer) and the words of Muhammad (pbuh) go viral across all 50 states of America. His goal is to deliver the call to prayer in one mosque in every state over a period…

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The Impact of Peer Pressure on Muslim Girls in the West

Scrolling through my social media news-feed, I was intrigued when I saw “Practicing Islam in Short Shorts.” Since my initial click, I have read Thanaa El-Naggar’s article several times because it has caused me to reflect upon my experience both as a Muslim individually and a woman, respectively. Meanwhile, other Muslim women and men were also divided in…

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Honoring Marwa Fayed: A Fiercely Beautiful Soul

Sometimes the deepest connections we feel aren’t physical. The most apparent manifestation of this phenomenon is the relationship that some share with God, each in our individual way. It transcends the realm of our senses because we cannot physically see, hear, smell, nor touch God; but the connection we feel by means of whichever faith…

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When Did Rape Become an Entitlement?

After watching India’s Daughter, a BBC documentary based on the Delhi gang rape of a 23-year-old woman, I am struggling to contain feelings of debilitating disappointment and bitter frustration. The gruesome details of this disgusting act perpetrated by at least five men and one juvenile have caused some women to retreat into their own shadows. Perhaps that…

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My Ironic Identity

Just recently, I overheard two of my co-workers discussing how “those people” are horrid and hell-bent on committing violent acts of crime. The subject of their conversation involved a news story about ISIS and the people they were referring to were all those practicing Islam. Unbeknownst to them, there was one of “those people,” a Muslim, working…

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Honey, I Shrunk My Self-Esteem

Growing up, my complexion was never light enough, my hair was never straight enough, my B.O. was never fresh enough, and my name was never pronounced easily enough. I was the only lanky, brown girl, placed in the midst of people I couldn’t identify with. Some people referred to me as just “that Indian girl”…