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Poem: This Time the Boy Does Not Drown

This poem is dedicated to Alan Kurdi and all the other children that have lost their lives at sea. Whenever a child has a nightmare  We speak the dream into water  Water will lure away the mare and only leave night behind  We have spoken all our dreams into water  Be it a faucet or a river  The hope that our…

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6 Books That Show the Diversity of Muslim Women’s Experiences

Muslim women are a diverse group, differing in many ways. Even the term “Middle East” is too broad a term to describe a culturally diverse area — and a Eurocentric, orientalist term at that. Stereotypes of Muslim women rooted in Eurocentrism and orientalist tropes have pervaded the news, TV shows, and pop culture. While Muslim…

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POEM: Roots

We have inherited our parents’ roots A mixture of home and homeland We plant these roots within ourselves Where we once standWe grow into a garden of ourselvesEach part a piece of our beingFlowers that were passed down to us through generations Trees that were added in along the wayFruit that our friends boreHere we…

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Poem: “Salaam”

Salaam means peace, and that’s how we greet. But the peace we don’t see on the streets of Paris, the place of Tour Eiffel, where the wrong goes by so well. You want protection? And so do we. You take on your armor, and say that it’s we who are trying to take on your…

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“A Pandemic in Residence” Is a Must-Read Book

At this point, none of us are strangers to COVID. It crept into our lives slowly, forcing us to move online, inside, and distance ourselves from others. We wore masks, sanitised, and socially distanced. However, what about those whose occupation requires them to step in? Those who couldn’t hide from COVID, but instead rose to…

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This Film About Life as a Palestinian Is Nominated for an Oscar

Farah Nabulsi, a British-Palestinian filmmaker, is turning heads with her latest short film, “The Present.” The multiple award-winning story recently bagged the prestigious BAFTA for “Best Short Film,” and is now in the running for an Oscar. “The Present” is a story about life’s mundane moments, and how they are made arduous in the face…

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This Is the History of Women’s Rights in 3 Minutes

Women globally have achieved success in raising their voices, but the struggle for women’s rights still persist. From worldwide suffrage campaigns to the rise of #MeToo​ and digital activism, women continue to march forward. The struggle is far from over, but we have so many inspirational women to motivate us as we move forward towards…

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Teach Girls To Be Brave, Not Perfect

Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, says we should socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program. She says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.” In the same we teach our boys to be brave, we need to be teaching…

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These Three Muslim Actors Were Nominated for the Golden Globes

It’s 2021, and we’re all here to witness some Muslim representation in the American media. Three Muslim actors have received historic nominations for the 78th Golden Globes Award show, taking place on February 28, 2021. It’s the first time in history that three Muslim actors were all nominated in the same year. Personally, I have watched…