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20 Years Later: This Is How 9/11 Impacted the Way I Grew Up

On this day 20 years ago, we as a nation tried to make sense of the tragedy that occurred, on what should have been a normal Tuesday. We remember the 2,977 people killed, including 412 emergency workers, in a senseless act of hate on 9/11. I wanted to leave Friday as a day of mourning…

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We Should Never Forget Alan Kurdi

Something so small had made it so far from home – that all that raging water could carry something so gentle.” Mohamed Hassan, “Secrets of the Sea” On September 2nd, 2015, Nilufer Demir captured an image that would change the world. The image was of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, lying in the sand on the shores…

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This Is Why the Ummah’s Silence on Afghanistan Is Problematic

This past month, Afghans across the world watched with horror as our country fell into the hands of the Taliban. The United States troops withdrew, our flag was replaced, our president fled, and our female news anchors said their goodbyes. Supporters claim the Taliban have changed, yet  Hazaras continue to be the target of ethnic…

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Here’s What’s Happening in Lebanon

It’s been a little over a year now since the explosion of the Port of Beirut, and matters are only getting worse.  Early on Sunday, August 15, a fuel tank exploded, killing at least 28 people, and injuring 79 others in northern Lebanon.  “The corpses are so charred that we can’t identify them,” said Yassine…

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These Three Presidential Pardons Are Long Overdue

As Muslims, part of our belief system includes standing against oppression and standing against injustices. Here are three cases of injustice that you should be aware of, as well as some ways that you can help advocate for justice for these individuals. Imam Jamil The ongoing work to free Imam Jamil continues.  The movement to…

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3 Ways You Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a silent crime that is forgotten by many. It is estimated that 40.3 million victims worldwide suffer from the trappings of human trafficking. One in every four are children. This is a huge number to remain undetected by the public and seen as a minor problem. The human trafficking facts 2021 will…

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5 REASONS NAFTALI IS WORSE THAN BIBI

Whenever news from Palestine flashes across our newsfeed, it’s tough to shake that sinking feeling of defeat it brings. Unfortunately, the ushering in of Naftali Bennett as the newly-minted Prime Minister of Israel may serve as a reminder that just when you think things can’t get worse, they do. Bennett, who made his millions through…

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Is Ben and Jerry’s Really a BDS Victory?

On July 19, 2021 Ben and Jerry’s released a statement that they would end their ice cream sales in Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) called this a “decisive step toward ending the company’s complicity in Israel occupation and violation of Palestinian rights.” However, Ben and Jerry’s “will stay in…

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Why American Muslims Have Become More Politically Engaged

Muslim participation in American politics is influenced by several factors, most of which are historical and religious. In recent years post-9/11, Muslim Americans have gotten increasingly more involved in politics following growing anti-Muslim sentiment and policies.   Historically, for many years, American Muslims have been sidelined in American politics. Today, the American Muslim voter turnout…