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Will Joe Biden Be Better for Muslims Than His Predecessors?

Joe Biden is now the U.S. president-elect. What does this mean for Muslim Americans? Will it change anything?  The answer is: it’s complicated.  Yes, nationally, the Democratic Party has been much kinder vocally than the Republican Party in calling out Islamophobia, giving Muslims a platform by inviting some to speak at rallies and conventions, and…

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Here’s How 9/11 Continues to Impact Muslims, 19 Years Later

Nineteen years ago today, one of the most formative events in modern American identity took place: 9/11, a tragedy which you no doubt are aware of. The impact of 9/11 on the collective consciousness of Americans was huge. Today is the nineteenth anniversary of 9/11, and it’s still being memorialized today. Besides the devastating toll…

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Here’s Why We Need an Islamophobia Awareness Month

We are about a third of the way through November, and already Muslims across the globe have been feeling a whirlwind of emotions.  Last week, the trailer for the new Apple TV film, Hala, was released. Needless to say, it caused an uproar on social media. The majority of us were appalled at how guiltlessly…

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What Does An All Muslim American Cast Look Like?

2018 has been the year of incredible diversity and inclusion in the film industry, giving us all hope that maybe we are witnessing a progressive push forward from tokenism to genuine representation. Just this February, the world was gifted Marvel’s Black Panther, featuring an almost entirely black cast showcasing what black excellence looks like on the big…

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Five Barriers To Accessing Mental Health Resources for Muslims

The discourse across my Twitter timeline these days has been centered around mental health resources – a slew of hotline numbers, critiques over lack of funding for important organizations, and the sharing of quotes and details in memory of those who’ve passed. We see this behavior in the wake of any tragedy; a world-wide wake…

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Texas Imam Omar Suleiman: “Families Belong Together, Not in Jail”

On Saturday, June 30th, Los Angeles showed up for immigrant families across the country. An unprecedented crowd of 70,000 rallied at City Hall because they believe #FamiliesBelongTogether. They rallied for the rights of over 2000 migrant children (and counting), including an infant, being held in detention camps across the nation. Separated from their parents, the…