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Councilwoman Shahana Hanif on the Meaning of O’Shae Sibley’s Murder

Not long ago I joined hundreds of New Yorkers to celebrate O’Shae Sibley’s life. We surrounded the Brooklyn Mobil Gas Station at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue P, where O’Shae Sibley’s murder occurred when he was stabbed to death. With trans leader and activist Queen Jean on the megaphone, we repeated O’Shae…

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Here’s How Reverts Can Face Discrimination When It Comes to Marriage

It’s time we talk about reverts, and how we are often shunned by those who are born into Muslim because we aren’t the “right” ethnicity or from the “right” family when trying to marry. I’m 40, and white. My ex and I met at work 10 years ago. And on my end, it was butterflies…

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Your Guide to Rise & Shine When Your Community Lets You Down

“Medical school isn’t free.”  “If I follow my dreams, will my family be satisfied?”  “I have made many mistakes in my life, can’t make another one.”  “Why can’t I find a good guy at the age of 28?”  “I’m not in love with her. Should I still marry her since everyone is pressuring me?” “Can’t…

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Privilege, Power, and Patriarchy: An Anthropological Review of Feminist Discourse

“What does freedom mean if we accept the fundamental premise that humans are social beings, raised in certain social and historical contexts and belonging to particular communities that shape their desires and understandings of the world?”  — Lila Abu Lughod, Do Muslim Women Need Saving?  The complicated relationship between feminism and anthropology is eloquently described by…

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Why Are Predatory Men Like Nouman Ali Khan Still Being Platformed?

Nouman Ali Khan, the founder of a prestigious Islamic school in Texas, held status in the Muslim community for many years as a famous teacher and sheikh on YouTube, beloved by many, including women. However, he wasn’t the man he portrayed himself as. A few years ago, he was exposed as having multiple affairs with…


What We Can Do About the Lack of Inclusion in the Islamic Community

“I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality, and fraternity.” – B. R. Ambedkar Islam teaches all of these things — liberty, equality, and fraternity — but they’re not always shown by Muslims, especially not equality. Islam is a diverse religion with people all over the globe converting to Islam every year, but sometimes it’s…