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women's march

#WomensMarch – A Strong Message to Trump on First Day at Office

On Saturday, millions of people gathered in cities and towns across the world to stand together for human rights and denounce all kinds of prejudice and discrimination. Men joined women in huge crowds in almost all American states as sister demonstrations took place in cities across Africa, Asia and Europe. “We march today for the moral …

American dream

My Parents Are the Ultimate Example of the American Dream

My father came to this country thirty-five years ago. He started off going to school to become an aviation technician while mopping the floors of a Chinese restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska. Today, he owns three successful businesses, real estate across the country and a beautiful home in the suburbs. My mother was born in Iowa. …

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari to Become First ‘SNL’ Host of South Asian Descent

Aziz Ansari, the co-creator of “Master of None,” is scheduled to make his “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut on Jan. 21, becoming the comedy sketch show’s first host of South Asian descent in a move towards more cultural diversity, given the history of “SNL” mainly monopolized by white hosts. The show’s most recent diversity-related controversy …

Finding Balance after Shahadah

Finding Balance after Shahadah

As Muslims we have a number of incredible opportunities to take on a number of the incredible challenges… so I’d like to talk to you about 3 or 4 things which we can think about: Each and every one of us has a responsibility to have a relationship with Allah. Nobody can do that for you…

Allah Bless America

Why Don't Muslims Say, "Allah Bless America"?

Salam (Peace) Samuel,  Thank you very much for contacting About Islam with your question.  In fact, the word “Allah” is only the Name of God in Arabic. Christians of the Middle East use the name “Allah” for God because they speak Arabic. Even if you look in the Bible in Arabic you will find the …

Dalia Mogahed

Strategy of the Muslim Community after the 2016 Elections - MAS ICNA

What is the expected impact on civil rights and civil liberties as president-elect Donald Trump prepares his cabinet? What steps should the American Muslim community take to ensure not only Muslim rights but the rights of other marginalized groups? In this video, Dalia Mogahed discusses one of the most controversial events in modern American History …

African Muslims

6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam to America

As a Muslim of West African origin living in the United States, my Muslim-ness is always contested by Europeans, Americans, and even clueless Africans. They ask me questions like: “Are you Muslim?” and “Were you born Muslim?” I get asked these questions a lot by Americans because Islam is something that was made to sound foreign to …


This Is How Muslims Excelled in Charity During 2016

Looking back at 2016, it’s important to stop for a moment and reflect on the challenges as well as the achievements we had as Muslims so that we develop better understanding of the past year and draw brighter picture of the year to come. Part of what Muslims achieved in 2016 is the excellence in …

Personal Code of Ethics

In a Post 2016 Election World: Identify Your Personal Code of Ethics

If we’re going to be totally honest with ourselves, it doesn’t look like things are getting any easier for the Muslim-American community any time soon.  Or at least the next 4 years…possibly 8, and even if the President-elect only serves a single term, the ramifications of his soon to be Presidency have already hit the …

Pantsuit Nation

Pantsuit Nation Book: Divisions and the Audacity to Hope

It was Tuesday evening when I first became aware of the buzz surrounding Maine native Libby Chamberlain’s announcement that she intends to publish a book based on the collaborative contributions of the nearly 4-million member strong secret Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, founded by Chamberlain during the 2016 election campaign. This morning I Googled Pantsuit Nation, clicked …

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