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How Joy-Ann Reid’s Comments About “the Way Muslims Act” Absolves White Supremacy From Its Role in Terrorism

Earlier this week, MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid made some blatantly Islamophobic remarks when she compared white supremacists to Muslims who get radicalized in war-torn Muslim-majority countries.  “When leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence including on their own bodies in…

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Aya Hachem: When Shiaphobia Overpowers Anti-Muslim Violence

This article was published on Muslim on 5/20/2020, and has been republished with permission of Muslim. “Are we certain that she died a Muslim?” Aya Hachem, 19, was tragically shot in the chest and killed by a gunman on Sunday, May 17. Aya was Shia. Aya was Muslim. Aya was a human being.  And the…

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Here’s Why “9-1-1: Lone Star” Needs to Do Better

It’s 2020, and Muslim women can be found representing states at the federal level,  serving as CEOs of major companies, and taking the art world by storm. One would think that such public prominence would improve how Muslim women are perceived and represented. Sadly, that has not been the case. It would seem that certain…

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These Takes on Stereotypes Are Hilarious

We’ve all been there. A nice, well-meaning stranger asks, “So, where are you from?” “Right, but where are you really from?” Sigh. So you indulge them by telling them where you’re really from. And then they have the audacity to hit you with, “Really? But, you don’t look it!” And that’s when it happens. The…

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These 14 “Muslim” Pick-Up Lines Will Ruin Your Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day, fam! For those of you without a date (take it easy, haram police, you know it’s happening), we’ve compiled some of the cringiest Muslim pick-up lines to keep you far away from the plethora of heart-shaped chocolates and paraphernalia. At least until tomorrow. Hello, discount candy! These one-liners will make you cry,…

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This Is What Michelle Williams Got Wrong About Voting in Her Speech at the 2020 Golden Globes

During the 2020 Golden Globes, actress Michelle Williams accepted her award to make a political opinion — confidently going against Ricky Gervais’ request that performers needn’t use this platform to share an opinion as “the public doesn’t care what you think,” since everyone in that room was working with organizations knee-deep in exploitative practices.   …

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This Is Why America Has Never Truly Been Great

Editor’s note: Pegah Smiley gives an anecdotal account of why she believes that the United States’ mistreatment of minorities means the United States has never been truly great. In August of this year, I finally made my decision to move back to Canada, where I was born. I had lived in the U.S. for four…

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Here’s Why I Don’t Celebrate Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and you know what that means — neighbors decorating their houses with spooky decorations, people splurging money on delicious sugary treats, and kids chatting enthusiastically in preparation for the big day. However, as a child, unlike most of my friends and neighbors, I wasn’t allowed to participate in the…

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A Love Letter to My Perfectly Imperfect Body

You know, writing about my struggles for the rest of the world to read is not easy. Sometimes you feel vulnerable. Other times, you feel a knot in your stomach because you’re afraid of what others may think of you. Although I have gotten past the concerns of the dreaded “what others may think of…