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The Truth Behind the Statue of Liberty

The Fourth of July is never short on massive firework displays, family gatherings, and parades. This date commemorates America’s independence from Britain and also marks the day France presented the Statue of Liberty to the United States. While the history of the Statue of Liberty is taught in classrooms around the country, one important aspect…

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Why Justice Is Important to the Spirit of Ramadan

Nothing brings quite as much joy and unity to the Muslim community as Ramadan. It’s that time of year when we get excited about working on our spiritual selves and bonding with family and friends over meals. In recent years, Ramadan has also boomed into a major industry aimed to sell decorations, lights, and other…

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How International Allyship Is Influenced By White Supremacy

Putin’s latest attacks on Ukraine and its current refugees have reminded the Middle East of the death of innocent civilians of Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Palestine. The death of innocent and innocence itself is what combines the mentioned countries and Ukraine’s oppression. Civilians flee and become refugees. There is no choice left: either you leave everything…

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Why Are Niqabis Marginalized By Non-Muslims & Muslims?

Women who face veil — also known as niqabis — are often thrown to the wolves by the Muslim majority to break out of stereotypes imposed on the veil by the Western world through Orientalism and Islamophobia. In other words, women who wear veils are affected by respectability politics. Respectability politics is a form of…

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Is the West Selective With Its Empathy Toward Refugees?

International media outlets inundate the world with images of broken-hearted mothers forced to flee Ukraine, seeking safety and stability for their young children. These noble women leave behind brave husbands, sons, fathers, and male relatives who desperately fight to protect their nation’s sovereignty from an oppressive invading force.  Foreign Policy details: “The silent suffering of…

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Should the Afghan People Get Their Money Back?

In 2021, the world watched as the United States withdrew from Afghanistan and the government in Afghanistan collapsed. Several countries suspended aid to Afghanistan, and the United States froze nearly 7 billion in assets from Afghanistan’s central bank. Now President Biden has unfrozen the funds and is allowing them to be distributed inside Afghanistan, but not…

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What Happens When Religion Is Used To Create Division?

India and Pakistan emerged as two separate sovereign nations in 1947. Different factions of the freedom struggle movement contributed in their own unique way. Ultimately they freed themselves and the people from the clutches of British colonizers that arrived in India during the early 17th century, masquerading as traders with an intent to puncture the…

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What Can You Do About the Hijab Ban in India?

In case you haven’t been catching up with recent news, there’s been an outrage following the India hijab ban order – and we’ve got the full story here. Long story short, on 5th February 2022, an order was issued by the Karnataka government, in India, banning Muslim students from wearing a hijab as part of…

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The Politicization of Muslim Girls at School Starts Early in Britain

Politicisation started back at school when I was a girl in year 8; I signed off my emails with an e-petition to release Baba Ahmed from incarceration in a U.S. super-max prison under the No Evidence Required Act 2003. I had support from a fellow Muslimah, but one of my closest friends was sceptical of…

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Stop Acid Attacks: How Misogyny Is Surging in Kashmir

Toxic aggression resulted in unjustified action on women in Kashmir, India. An attack that left a permanent mark on humanity, acid attacks happen all over the world, but are most common in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Uganda, according to the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), based in London.  One minute, Fatima was strolling down…

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How Things Are Going for Muslim Students in France?

France was the first European country to ban the full-face veil in public areas including universities. In April 2021, the French Senate passed a new measure, proposed by the conservative right, to make it illegal for girls under 18 to wear hijab. The same occasion was also used for another proposal to apply the same…

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Here’s What You Should Know About the Fight Over Hijab in India

The Southern State of India has emerged as a new battlefield to decide on the issue of whether Hijab (an Islamic veil) can be allowed to wear as part of a girl’s uniform in public schools or not. The epicenter of conflict is the Udupi’s PU Women College where in December last year six hijab-clad…

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Why Developing Countries Remain Stuck No Matter the Effort

Have you ever wondered why some nations are always in a dire situation? Isn’t it hard to comprehend why some developing countries like Congo, Ukraine, Panama, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Sudan are always involved in horrific civil wars? Why don’t they stop these costly wars and focus on building their economies?  Isn’t it also hard to…