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What’s the Real Role of Women’s Rights in Islam?

In 1980, the National Women’s History Project was founded in California for the interest of broadcasting woman’s historical achievements. They lobbied, and successfully pushed Congress to designate a special month for women. As a result, March is officially known as Women’s History Month, where women and men pay special attention to discuss and commemorate the…

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A Letter to Lindsay Lohan From a Muslim Girl

Dear Lindsay Lohan, Asalaam walaikom. You were one of my favorite actors growing up, and “The Parent Trap” is one of my all-time favorite movies. When I was in high school, I obsessed over Mean Girls and I made sure everyone watched it because it was so funny! I’m really sorry for the backlash you’ve faced when you…

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If You Choose to Cover, Do It For Him, Not him

“I don’t mean to be offensive to your culture, but you have absolutely breathtaking eyes.” I turned to look at the stranger who had thought to compliment me in this way while I was wearing a hijab, jilbab, and no makeup. Though I avoided the man after that, his comment definitely made me reflect on…

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All Muslims Should Read This Powerful Letter

My dearest Muslim fam, As we sit to mourn Baghdad, Dhaka, Istanbul, Muslim men shot in Minneapolis and Houston, a Muslim woman assaulted and stripped by police officers in Chicago, the ongoing militarism against our people in places like Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, I want to take a moment to say I love you. I…

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Photo: Frankie Fultz + MUA: Madinah Muhammad + Models: Leah V. + Laila M.

It’s Time We Embraced Our #BlackMuslimGirlMagic

The term #BlackGirlMagic has been tossed around in the media lately. It has many different meanings and conclusions, yet all of them are unapologetically Black. And being Black is a powerful thing. When I post on social media, I use this hashtag because I believe in our magic. So I took it a step further….

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Dear Nit-Picking Auntie at the Masjid…

Dear Nit-Picking Auntie at the Masjid, You look so polished and put together in your simple, neutral-colored abaya, huge beige hijab, and thick socks, with your makeup-free fresh face. You are a perfect Muslim woman, I get it. What I don’t get is how you nit-pick and shame Muslim girls, your sisters. I saw you…

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I Tried ‘Speed-Faithing’ and This Is What Happened

During the weekend of Jan. 22-24, while everyone on the east coast experienced the mass hit-and-run snow storm that called Winter Storm Jonas, I had the opportunity to attend the Interfaith Youth Core’s (IFYC) Conference for the Interfaith Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Ga., with my university’s delegation. The Interfaith Youth Core’s mission is to make…