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The Chaos at Woodstock ‘99 Shows How Societies Normalize Violence Against Women

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault, violence against women, sexual exploitation, and includes imagery of rape. If I could describe the docuseries “Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99” in one word, it would be “chaotic.” The series did an outstanding job outlining salient elements bringing the three-day festival to its absolute worst. The terrible planning, execution, infrastructure,…

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Parents in Kashmir Worry That K-pop’s Influence Will Lead to Cultural Erasure. Teens Are Fully Embracing the Hallyu Wave

There is a place in Kashmir, called Srinagar, known as Zero Bridge, that connects the residency road area directly to Rajbagh. Rajbagh is a bustling hub for coaching centers, where many teenagers go for their academic studies. When I was traveling there, I witnessed a handful of girls wearing outfits that resembled Korean fashion. Throughout…

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10 Essential Islamic Etiquettes for Traveling

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Dalai Lama Ah, traveling fills the soul and nourishes the spirit to explore the hidden beauty of diversified cultures worldwide. Islam has taught us the essential Islamic etiquette when traveling for us to be the best version of ourselves when we set foot in a foreign…

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There’s No Place in Islam for Sectarianism

Recently, the Muslim community in Albuquerque, New Mexico was shaken by the murders of four Muslim men — three of whom were Shia Muslims. The victims, Mohammad Ahmadi, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, Aftab Hussein, and Naeem Hussain were all killed in “ambush-style shootings.” On August 9, 2022, police in Albuquerque arrested 51-year-old Afghan Immigrant Muhammad Syed….

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Does the “Evil Eye” Really Exist?

There has always been chatter and discussion about the “evil eye” in our communities. We hear our elders warning us to take care of our prized possessions in case someone casts an evil eye on them. We get advised to reduce speaking about our accomplishments or achievements to others because they might get jealous and…

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Sania Khan’s Murder Is a Reflection of Problematic Cultural Attitudes Towards Divorce

Content warning: This article discusses violence against women and intimate partner violence, as well as spiritual abuse. If you are being abused or neglected, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or visit their website; please keep in mind that many abusers monitor web usage, and access resources as safely as you can. …

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5 Halal Summer Holiday Destinations

Summer has finally returned to the Northern Hemisphere of the world, and that means holidays! People from all over the globe are gearing up to take the trip of a lifetime, and after living in lockdown and going through a global pandemic, everyone is ready to put on a pair of sunglasses and board the…

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10 Muslim Girl Readers Tell Us How They Celebrate Eid

Eid is one of our favorite times of the year, and I am sure no one wants the celebrations to end. Still unable to get over our Eid vibes for this year, we’re sharing 10 responses from our Muslim Girl readers on how they celebrate their Eid! In case you don’t know, we react to…

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Here’s Why I’ll Never Go to Another Beauty Parlor

On a trip to Bangladesh a few years ago, my mother and I visited an acclaimed beauty parlor for the first time in preparation for a family friend’s wedding. It was custom for Bangladeshi women to go to parlors in order to get ready for special occasions, so as Bangladeshi-Americans, we hoped to achieve the…

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Charity in Islam

Charity is among the five foundations upon which Islam is formed — and its value may be assessed by this truth. Almost wherever in the Quran prayer is stated, charity is addressed as well. To really practice religion, you must aid your lesser impoverished brothers and sisters by distributing the benefits of Allah with others,…

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5 Things to Know About Women’s Rights In Islam

“Do women in Islam have any rights?” This is a question lingering in the minds of many people around the world. We cannot blame them entirely as the modern media often portrays Muslim women as controlled and dependent people, restricted from showing their faces in public. Is it true that Islam demands to kill girls…

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Native American Heritage Month: Black Native Muslims & Columbus

Ever since I was a toddler, I possessed the blessing of witnessing my Abba’s (Father’s) vivid paintings. What made his art unique is every piece had an organic story affixed to it.   His illustrated stories that stood out the most to me were of my ancestors in North America 100’s of years before Columbus. Canvas filled…

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Why Are There So Few Famous Female Mathematicians In the World?

Research numbers show that there’s a gender problem in the field of mathematics. Few tenure track positions are held by women, and they are underrepresented in university research faculties.  Chad Topaz, a math professor at Macalester College and his colleague Shilad Zen looked at the editorial boards of academic journals. In their analysis, they found…

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Your Ultimate Guide to Halal Travel Destinations

Muslim tourists are no longer found only in Mecca and in the Middle East. Today, with the development of halal tourism, they are increasingly taking selfies in front of the Colosseum or tasting delicious French croissants. That is why modern hotels provide services that comply with Shariah norms and have a particular infrastructure.  What is…