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Rape in Conflict Is A War Crime – No Matter How You Spin It

Rape in Conflict Is A War Crime – No Matter How You Spin It

By on August 22, 2015 in civil rights, islamophobia

“Sexual violence in conflict needs to be treated as the war crime that it is; it can no longer be treated as an unfortunate collateral damage of war.” — UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura Rape is a most heinous crime with absolutely zero justification in Islam. Period. An […]

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Take Action Against the Water Mafia (The Story of Stuff Project)

Take Action Against the Water Mafia (The Story of Stuff Project)

By on August 3, 2015 in water

Nestlé Waters is pumping millions of gallons of water from drought-stricken California while residents face water restrictions. Tell Nestlé to stop taking water from public lands and conservation areas! Take Action! Dear Yasmina, California is experiencing its most severe drought in recorded history. Lakes and rivers are drying up, cities are instituting water rationing, and […]

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I’m a new Contributor to The Good Men Project

I’m a new Contributor to The Good Men Project

By on July 30, 2015 in social issues

I’ve been wanting to flush out my feelings about the feminist movement for awhile now. Being a woman, I am pro-woman obviously. But I am also a woman that is pro-man. It has taken me awhile to observe and digest the various social constructs of women’s activism and the modern ramifications of pro-women movements. There […]

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Eid Mubarak 2015

Eid Mubarak 2015

By on July 16, 2015 in personal stories

It’s nearly 10:30 Chicago time. I’m sitting in my kitchen waiting for the banitza to come out of the oven. I texted “mabrook” to my brother for completing another perfect month of fasting. I told my son he cannot open the huge bag of lollipops that the kids will get tomorrow. And my kids are […]

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My Reflections on Srebrenica

My Reflections on Srebrenica

By on July 14, 2015 in civil rights

20 years ago, 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were massacred by Serb forces in the worst genocidal event since 1945. In 1945, Serb forces massacred Croatian soldiers that included my grandfather, leaving my mother an orphaned refugee before she even left her mother’s womb. Growing up “Yugoslavian,” it was very clear how the maternal elders […]

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Grieving the Victims of the Charleston Church Terrorist Attack

Grieving the Victims of the Charleston Church Terrorist Attack

By on June 18, 2015 in civil rights

On this first day of Ramadan, our nation grieves the victims of a terrorist attack that took place at an historic Charleston Church in South Carolina, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church . My friend and fellow interfaith peace lover, Larry Perlman, put to words what I could not say better! With his permission, I am […]

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Islamophobia, Inc. Musings

Islamophobia, Inc. Musings

By on June 6, 2015 in islamophobia

The past few weeks, the Islamophobia Industry and its repercussions have created a lot of craziness here in the states.  There was the armed biker gang that came brandishing semi-automatic weapons and “F*ck Islam!” t-shirts and Neo-Nazi t-shirts to the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix.  Pretending that freedom of speech and our first amendment isn’t […]

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A Poetic Apology

A Poetic Apology

By on May 3, 2015 in islamophobia

Thank you, Tim Torkildson, for putting one of my articles to poetry. Tim creates poems about trending news topics.  His bio in the New York Times can be found here: A Reporter’s Beat, and a Poet’s Muse. Tim Torkildson is a retired circus clown who messes around with words. He is the author of Clown […]

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7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of the Prophet of Islam

7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of the Prophet of Islam

By on April 22, 2015 in islamophobia

Thanks for the shares! Please go out on HuffPost and post your comments! 7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of the Prophet of Islam I often get into debates with people about women in Islam. How we dress. How we don’t dress. What we think or don’t think or should-be-thinking. I get into debates about […]

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18 Years Ago You Left Me

18 Years Ago You Left Me

By on March 20, 2015 in personal stories

March 20, 2015 18 years ago you passed away- at the young age of 58. You didn’t want to go. We didn’t want you to go. But these things are not up to us. We weren’t ready to live life without you in it. And like everything else you did in life- you faced it head on […]

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