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A Poem About Daughters: Ancestors

Someone once told me, My mother carried my daughter first. It’s true! When we were in our mother our eggs form in the embryo as a fetus, My mother made room for my daughter and fed my daughter before I. And her grandmother the same with her and I, One day I will carry my…

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A Poem About Marriage: The New Bride

Dolkis, ghajaras, yellow and pink dust in the air, Laughter of mothers and aunts, cousins and nieces.   A glimpse of happiness, Turns to sudden fears of the unknown.   Decorated eyes looking up in desperation, The green glitter is dim but still shines.   Torn and beaten with age, you can still make out…

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Meet Nesima Aberra, a Muslim Poet Writing Poems for Peace

The Peace Studio, led by peace educator Maya Soetoro of the Obama Foundation, islaunching a new campaign, 100 Offerings of Peace. This project brings over 10 countries together with both known and emerging creatives in visual, performing, literary, spiritual, and musical arts to generate new works about what peace means to them, how they practice…

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3 of Our Favorite Islamic Cartoons

As kids grow up, there’s one thing that is universally beloved by virtually all of them: cartoons. Kids love cartoons, whether they’re watching Saturday morning cartoons or watching after school as a treat for completing homework. Back in the day, Islamic cartoons were both funny and informative. When we look at some of the most…

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Does Implicit Bias Impact How You Think?

What do you know about implicit bias? Do you find yourself having responses to situations and not understand why you feel the way you do? How critical are you in your thinking? How willing are you to break free from your old thoughts? What do you know about implicit bias? Take a listen to Melanie…

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Poem: “I Can’t Breathe”

“I can’t breathe.” Chained and pinned under a man’s weight. “I can’t breathe.” The pressure like a boulder- suffocating hate filled violent murder “I can’t breathe.” His words we hear their truth yet not all hearts are moved “I can’t breathe.” His soul has left us and taken with it humanity’s “I can’t breathe.” “I…

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Poem: Not What I Meant

In this poem, the author explores media representations in which women take off their hijab for one reason or the other, often to satisfy Western standards or the male gaze. As the girl on the TV takes off her hijab, I watch in awe,  I thought people would accuse her of breaking the law,  I…

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On Growing Up Indian Muslim

I grew up with my heritage meticulously arranged in a crystal snow globe Hum Saath Saath Hain and a warm bowl of Haleem alike Surrounded by endless fields of mango trees Framed by the piercing of a macague-filled mountain That gives way to carelessly paved roads of intricately adorned lorries and fresh street-side nariyals The…

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5 Inspiring Muslim Content Creators You Should Check Out

Since we’re all home and under various phases of stay at home orders, many of us have extra time on our hands. With the Internet, there’s no shortage of content to consume, but we thought you’d enjoy checking out some of our favorite creative Muslim content creators, who do everything from poetry to photography. Check…