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…


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…


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…


A Zakat Bail Fund? This Muslim Group Says It’s The Islamic Thing To Do

A Muslim organization has spent this past Ramadan asking their brothers and sisters in Islam to consider giving their zakat this year to help bail out low-income Muslims who remain in jail awaiting trial.   Believers Bail Out describes itself as a “community-led effort” that “restores the presumption of innocence before trial and enables recipients…


You Don’t Need A Community To Stay True To Your Beliefs

Staying true to my beliefs in my community– where my family probably made up the entire Muslim population in the area– was tough, to say the least. We actually moved around quite a bit in my childhood, and pretty much every neighborhood we’ve lived in has been predominantly white and Christian. There was seldom a mosque in our area, and…


Here Are the 3 Things You Should Do After a Divorce

Written by Nasema Begum, “The Dating Coach” It’s starting to dawn on you how great your ex-husband really was…You just can’t believe you had that thought! You’re out on the dating scene trying to meet someone new, someone better, someone who sees you for the potential you are, even beyond what you believe it to…

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11 Lessons on Spiritual Growth From ICNA 2016

Photo credit: YouTube screen shot Recently, I attended the annual ICNA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, as I do every year. Established on September 1st, 1968, the Islamic Circle of North America was a response to the growing need for a supportive Muslim community in North America. They eventually started this convention to create a platform…

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These Muslims Made Friends at a Trump Rally, and It’s Going Viral

They say the truth is stranger than fiction, and the old adage proves true yet again in this viral video that’s making rounds on the ‘net. Peace House posted this video where a few Muslims attended a Trump rally (totally satirical, of course), and what happened next is shocking.  They didn’t get shot by bullets dipped…

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The Muslim Community is Failing Our Rohingya Brothers and Sisters

It’s that time of the year when social media timelines are flooded with pictures and posts of friends sharing important milestones and life-achievements — from graduations to weddings to births. As I click the “like” button or double-tap these special moments, my attention is diverted by flashes of distraught and famished faces of the Rohingya…