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We Need To Talk About the Vaccine Inequality in Palestine

A week ago, Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che drew controversy when he used a portion of the show’s satirical news section to say that Israel vaccinated most of its population from COVID-19, adding “I’m guessing it’s the Jewish half.”  The joke didn’t tell the whole story, but it’s something we need to discuss since we…

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Why Princess Diana Was the People’s Princess to Many, Including the Muslim Community

Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales, was known as “the people’s princess” for a good reason. She was compassionate, relatable, and exemplified humanity that will keep her legacy alive forever.  In this season of “The Crown,” a young Princess Diana, played by Emma Corrin, makes her debut. I was delighted to see more people, especially…

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This Is Happening in Iran Right Now

A few weeks ago, officials from the Israeli and Saudi Arabian government – notably Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu – met with U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in Neom.  Out of those talks, rumors arose that the Trump administration told the Israeli government to prepare for attacks on Iran.  This…

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Will Joe Biden Be Better for Muslims Than His Predecessors?

Joe Biden is now the U.S. president-elect. What does this mean for Muslim Americans? Will it change anything?  The answer is: it’s complicated.  Yes, nationally, the Democratic Party has been much kinder vocally than the Republican Party in calling out Islamophobia, giving Muslims a platform by inviting some to speak at rallies and conventions, and…

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6 Reasons Socialism and Islam Are Compatible

As I continue building on my activism, I’ve had to defend several ways I advocate for equality and how I identify. Perhaps none of them get more raised eyebrows than when I say I’m a socialist.  Yes, the favorite villain of America politics, and perhaps the most misunderstood political concept.  But socialism isn’t just misunderstood…

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Why Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination Is Bad For Muslims

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee started confirmation hearings in a rushed effort to appoint Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the seat left vacant by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  This reckless effort is happening despite continuing speculation about Barrett’s nomination announcement event being a coronavirus superspreader that…

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4 Ways Ruth Bader Ginsburg Impacted Muslim Women

We lost a giant when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Friday, but her legacy will keep her memory alive in our quest to ensure the laws in America truly reinforce or are changed, to allow justice for all.  Ginsburg accomplished a lot for American women, but the obstacles she experienced with…

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5 Must Read Books Written by Muslim Women

Finding books with a decent representation of Muslim women without a biased lens is hard in the Western literature sphere. Thankfully, more and more Muslim authors this generation are writing beautiful novels with nuanced portrayals of what it means to be a Muslim woman, and the Muslim experience.  Whether you want a book to read…

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Why Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Post About Being the Squad’s “Worst Nightmare” Isn’t “Just a Meme”

U.S. Congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a now removed Facebook image posing with a gun alongside images of U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib saying that she’s the “squad’s worst nightmare.”  You may have heard of Greene by now. She’s proudly Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, and racist.  She also embraces the QAnon conspiracy theories.  …

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How Joy-Ann Reid’s Comments About “the Way Muslims Act” Absolves White Supremacy From Its Role in Terrorism

Earlier this week, MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid made some blatantly Islamophobic remarks when she compared white supremacists to Muslims who get radicalized in war-torn Muslim-majority countries.  “When leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence including on their own bodies in…