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Sarah Hegazi’s Life and Death Is a Reminder That the Muslim Community Must Do Better in Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community

Trigger warning: This article discusses death by suicide, gun violence, and mass murder, and the discrimination and oppression of the LGBTQ+ community. It should be noted that this article is in no way meant to substitute for medical or mental health advice from a trained and educated mental health professional. Muslim Girl encourages those who need…

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My Body Image Was Created by Negative Whispers

It started out as a whisper. Nothing more, nothing less. A whisper as quiet and unassuming as a stream in the woods. No one expects anything of it, merely letting it run its course as it benignly winds along. We add our own tiny trickles of water to the flow, unaware of the effect it…

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FYI, I’m Not Pregnant and I’m Still Enjoying Life

It may come as a shock to many people but I didn’t get married just to have kids. Sure, I want to build a family with my husband, but I would like to do that at a time that suits him and I, not when all the people around us keep interfering and inquiring about…

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Why South Asian Cultures Need to Embrace Public Displays of Affection

Did the title intrigue you enough to read further? Let’s talk about one of the scenarios which might be familiar if you come from a South Asian background.  It is very common in departure lounges of airports while families are seeing their loved ones off that there’s an emotional exchange of hugs and goodbyes that…

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4 Ways You Can Support Small Businesses During Tough Times

For years, I worked for big brands and agencies, focused on public relations and marketing. I learned so much, and every single experience was intensely valuable. After a while, I was beginning to feel like I was spending time, every day, working on projects or products that weren’t fulfilling. Inspired by a girl I met…

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5 Tips to Overcome Societal Pressure

I believe most of us grew up with the pressure of feeling we needed to be the absolute best at everything: the best at school, sports, extracurricular activities, socializing, or looking our best. And the main objective to excel at everything was to prove our worth to our parents, teachers, friends, relatives, and basically society…

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This Is For Anyone Who’s Being Fat Shamed Right Now

It’s a funny thing. With social distancing abound, I’m seeing an intense influx of accounts where young women have been bullied and abused by their near and “dear” over their weight. Truly, the volume has been overwhelming. I’m not here to offer any solutions. God knows, I’m not qualified to do so. But I do…