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The Modern Psychological Battle of Badr

Throughout history, Muslims have lived in oppressive and discriminatory conditions at one time or another.   In the early days of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Muslims were mostly taunted and discriminated against and often the target of harassment. However, when Muslims were forced to engage in their first battle, the battle of Badr, many …


Being a Muslimah Convert in the West

Being a Muslim woman in the West at this moment in time is such a strange, dangerous, and amazing thing. On one hand, we have so many freedoms and opportunities to spread out in our spirituality and practice our faith. But on the other hand, we feel fettered by societal norms that contradict our Islam, …

Traces of American Muslim Culture in NY Museum

Traces of American Muslim Culture in NY Museum

A photograph of a young boy taking a break from a pickup basketball game is the first banner photo that welcomed the visitors of the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) during February. The photogenic child is probably ten years old or less, he’s wearing a Vans T-shirt, and he’s casually holding a …


How Would a Day Without Immigrants Look Like?

Have you ever wondered how your city or country would look like without immigrants? People from cities across the United States tried to find out by organizing a #daywithoutimmigrants. Immigrants wanted to make a statement by shutting down their businesses, staying away from work and school, and by refusing to spend money. Through those actions …

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This American Filmmaker Is Breaking Stereotypes Everywhere

This is Iman Zawahry, a hijabi Muslim American filmmaker. Not only is Iman an outspoken filmmaker, she is also a college professor, zumba instructor, full-time mom, wife, and daughter, who tries to break down all the stereotypes a xenophobic person would have to say about her. Between correcting papers for her Islam, Media and Pop …


Mahershala Ali, First Muslim Actor to Win Oscar, Ever

If you’ve been following the Oscars, then you should have watched the jaw-dropping moment when the Oscar-favorite “La La Land” was mistakenly named best picture at the 2017 Oscars. The real winner was “Moonlight” and host Jimmy Kimmel confirmed that “Moonlight” had indeed won, showing the inside of the envelope as proof. He joked, “I …


"America, We're All Ears…"

Philadelphia, July 4, 1776. Maybe the place and date mean nothing to you, but they represent a big mark on the  history’s records. That was when and where the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America was issued. With a sentence that was called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language,” …

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Do You Know That US Liberty Statue Represented a Muslim Woman?

With the current debate in the US about refugees from the Muslim world, it would be interesting to highlight some little-known facts about Lady Liberty. It might be shocking to many to know that the statue itself was originally intended to represent a female Egyptian peasant as a Colossus of Rhodes for the Industrial Age. People …

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Who Cares About American Muslims of Color?

Nobody Cares? “Nobody cares about Black Muslims except Black Muslims,” the Arab member of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) told me. I was vice president of the MSA at the predominately White university that I attended in America, and I had suggested to the MSA board members (who were all Pakistani and Arab except myself) …

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Why It’s a Blessing to Be an American Muslim Nowadays

The negative news is all around us. Scrolling our newsfeeds, we can’t scroll more than a couple of posts and there is more bad news. Our co-workers, our neighbors, friends and family are all talking about the changes that President Donald Trump is bringing to our great country of United States of America. Yes, there …

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