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20 of 2020’s Major Milestones for Muslims

This past year was…interesting; 2020 was definitely a rollercoaster of events and emotions. With more downs than ups, this year will be remembered forever. From things like the troublesome U.S. elections to the constant racism and Islamophobia many Muslims around the world faced and are still facing, this year has absolutely been one for the…

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I Was Sexually Assaulted and Enough Is Enough

Author’s note: This tale is not meant to act as a how-to for dealing with sexual assault. It is simply an acknowledgement of  my suffering and how I turned to faith and professional health to overcome my trauma. To my sisters who have been the victims of sexual assault and are still floundering and struggling…

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How Bullying And Body-Shaming Changed My Course

Editor’s note: In this eye-opening and relatable thought-piece, guest contributor and content creator, Ameera Safdar, speaks out about how bullying and body-shaming affected her. Whilst the journey to healing is rarely smooth or even remotely linear, we hope that Ameera’s journey brings an ounce of comfort and support to anyone going through the same experience. …

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“High” Daddy: How I Found Family Where I Least Expected It

Drugs do not discriminate. They accept all race, religions, and ethnicities. A drug does not take responsibility for what occurs after it has been used. It blames the user and the user alone. My father was a drug user. He abused drugs for his own pleasure. He neglected his responsibilities as a father and gave…

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‘The Letters’: Talking About Sexual Abuse

Trigger warning:   This article contains references to sexual abuse and rape. Sexual abuse continues to plague Arab and Muslim American communities, as it does all communities, because like any form of abuse, it doesn’t discriminate. Cultural traditions that emphasize collectivism, where the institution of the family takes precedence over the individual, have been reproduced…

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Does Anyone Believe What Your First Cousin Did?

Trigger warning:  This article contains subject matter pertaining to childhood sexual abuse and rape. Anyone’s first, second, even third cousins are considered potential suitors if you were raised in some Middle Eastern households. This does not particularly fall under “Islamic” practices only. Other religions, cultures, and upbringings practice this notion too. One must wonder why…

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Where Do You Turn When You Have No One?

Believe it, or not, all of this happened in the U.S. It started when I was 13. I was no longer going to school due to cultural beliefs that girls should not attend school. I became engaged and married a year later. The reasoning? “Females will do bad things!” “Inappropriate things!” A sick, and misinformed…

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What Does a Survivor of Sexual Assault Look Like?

*Trigger Warning:  Rape/sexual assault* At a time when #WhyIDidntReport is trending all over social media, more celebrities are coming forward with the hardest moments of their lives…and even more women of color. Somehow, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford morphed into that 16 year-old girl, scared to death in front of us. She was trembling, holding onto…

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Poem: Love

I’ve imagined a land where Love can breathe, so inhale me these lovely dreams. Painted into reality, images only Love can see. I love Love for Love’s sake. I love Love for Allah’s sake. I love on maximum Pour wholeheartedly into whatever my Lord degrees to be I am the lover of Love It is…