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France Has Gone Too Far With Micromanaging People

A 15-year-old Muslim girl in France was not allowed to attend classes because her skirt was deemed too ostentatious of a religious symbol. In France, displaying religion in public, government-funded spaces is prohibited. In concession to this law, the girl, identified as “Sarah,” removed her hijab before entering the school. But this was not enough…

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The Real Story Is Not That Someone Slept With Muslim Women

The Huffington Post recently published the disturbing account of Craig Monteilh and the time he spent as an FBI informant in a mosque. Although the article details many injustices committed against the Muslims in the mosque, the Huffington Post decided to run the story with the headline: “Former FBI Informant Craig Monteilh: FBI Encouraged Me…

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This “Female Beauty” Photo Project is Absolutely Ridiculous

Buzzfeed posted an article called “This Photographer Traveled The World To Show That Female Beauty Is Everywhere.” It describes the adventures of Romanian-based photographer Noroc Mihaela, as she travels around the world, photographing what she determines to be female beauty in other countries. What do they mean by saying the photographer wants to prove that female…

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The Whitewashing of Arab Identity

Recently, I paid a visit to the Arab American National Museum. Initially, I was extremely excited — as a Sudanese American, I’m not used to seeing my identity represented positively anywhere. I had a few pre-existent apprehensions: there is a strong history of marginalization of Black Arabs and of course racism exists in the Arab…

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Chapel Hill and Violence Against the Veil

Inna lil lahi wa ilayhi rajioon. To God we belong, and to Him we shall return. Yesterday, the lives of three young Muslim college students were brutally ended by a lone gunman. They were husband and wife, Deah Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and Yusor’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. Their deaths are an…

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The 6 Worst People at the Masjid

1) THE WAILING KID You may think this kid is just being a poor clueless child, but his timing shows you that the whole thing is completely deliberate. He spends the entire sermon and prayer sobbing his little heart out, but the second the Imam pops out his first “Asalamu Alaikum”, the child is as…

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The Worst Possible Way to Talk About Racial Profiling

You’ve probably seen this little video by TrueStoryASA, which appears to depict vloggers Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar, being stopped and frisked by an NYPD officer who appears to be racially profiling them. The vloggers “prove” that the cop is profiling them by conducting a little experiment: they pass him twice, arguing both times. The…

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Why Muslims Have to Care About Ferguson

It has been just over a week since the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed eighteen year old boy who was slaughtered by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown. They do not matter. He did not have a weapon and, whatever pretenses are eventually revealed, the underlying…