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Why I’m Tired of Dating Ramy

Earlier this year, Hulu dropped the second season of the comedy-drama Ramy. In Season One, we’re introduced to Ramy Hassan, a first-generation American-Egyptian Millennial in the midst of a quarter-life crisis. Throughout the show, we watch Ramy struggle to figure out if he’s just “culturally Muslim” or if he actually wants to be a prays-five-times-a-day…

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Is France “Fighting Islamist Separatism” or Silencing Islam?

Tensions are rising between France and the Muslim world after President Emmanuel Macron expressed his plans to fight “Islamist Separatism” in early October.   Macron believes Islamic Separatism is a threat to France’s values of keeping the state and religion apart. This is not a first, France has previously domineered freedom of religious expressions for Muslims…

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Every day is Mother's Day in Islam. In honor of Mother's Day, we put together a few of our favorite Islamic quotes about mothers as a reminder. Photo credit: quotesgram.com

Poem: Dear Mama

Author’s note: This poem was written in honor of a devastating attack on a maternity ward in Kabul. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Dear mama, You chose to push me out from the darkness into the light. As such I can never repay you back for the precious gift of life. I sleep soundly…

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5 Tips for Powerful Prayers

And He is with you, wherever you are (Quran 57:4) Despite knowing the fact that Allah is everywhere, I failed in making a strong connection with Him through prayers. I tried hard and struggled to keep my focus. However, my mind always gets diverted. I wanted to connect my heart with Allah, thank Him for…

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Set on Fire: The Femicide of Marwa Albaity

On the morning of November 28th, as I sipped my coffee and scrolled through social media, posts were flooding in about a new brutal case of intimate partner violence in Yemen. It had been the 3rd case I’d heard of that week. This one was that of Marwa Al-Baiti from Hadhramout, she had been set…

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It’s Time To End Anti-Black Sentiment Plaguing Our Muslim Communities

“The mosques in New Jersey are finally opening!” I eagerly texted my friend Khadija. “Oh, that’s good to hear,” she replied, “but I don’t go to the masjid anymore.” Seeing as though the masjid is at least a 45 minute ride from Khadija’s house I naively assumed that the distance was keeping her from attending,…

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Shukri Abdi Drowned Due To “Peer Pressure,” Says Coroner

Authorities have declared the drowning of Shukri Abdi, the 12-year-old Somali refugee killed in the UK last year, as an accident.  A coroner opened an investigation into the child’s death following an eruption of protests around the world seeking justice. Shukri Abdi drowned in River Irwell in June 2019, in the presence of several schoolchildren,…

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How Forging Unlikely Friendships Can Help Communication and Growth

Hello, how are you? When was the last time someone asked you how you were? And waited with a genuine interest for a response? Despite the renewed focus on mental health, for many of us, working from home has meant blurring boundaries and working longer and longer hours where we are on calls; where “How…

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This Nurse Shares Why Muslim Women Working In Healthcare Is Vital

Muslim Girl would like to send our sincere thanks to our nation’s healthcare workers at this time, who are risking their lives to save lives in the battle against COVID-19. Please continue to wear a mask, social distance, and stay home so you can stay safe. In this time of mass chaos and worldwide healthcare…

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How Beauty and Sexuality Are Conflated in Muslim Arab-American Culture

The present scholarship of sexuality in Muslim Arab-American (MAA) culture is minimal and even more is the conversation of sexuality. I want to reintroduce this discussion with a focus on beauty, as I believe beauty is a major contributor to how we currently define and express our sexuality. For this reason, I redact my previous…

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What’s in a Name?

Elias. Esmael. Where does your mind go when you hear these names?  One day, many years ago, my baby brother came home from school crying. He was nine. Though not the most studious little boy, he had, for once, received the highest grade on a test. His teacher announced this to his fourth-grade class by saying “Guess who had the highest grade? Our very own little terrorist Mohamed…