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Translating All Lives Matter Language

Translating All Lives Matter Language

By on July 20, 2016 in civil rights with No Comments

Published on the Huffington Post- Black Voices. Americans as a whole are a patriotic bunch. We don’t stand for the idea of people taking away our freedoms. We will stand on the hill tops proclaiming how important our freedoms are to us. But what is puzzling is that when black Americans and their allies stand […]

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Pray for Turkey

Pray for Turkey

By on June 28, 2016 in current events with No Comments

What does terrorism achieve? It achieves nothing. It is not “radical Islam.” It is radical politics. How does terrorism forward any religion? It doesn’t. Who are the victims? Mostly Muslim. After spending a week in Turkey learning about the vast threat of terrorism from multiple political factions from the east to the west, this is […]

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I’m a Pomak. (What’s That?)

I’m a Pomak. (What’s That?)

My Muslim heritage goes back to the Ottoman empire when Islam spread into the Balkans. My paternal ancestry is Bulgarian Muslim or Pomak.  It’s such a minority, it’s still not completely recognized.  I’m a minority of a minority.  When hanging around mosques my entire life, finding a Pomak was like finding a needle in a […]

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Muslim Activist Banned from Facebook for Responding to Trump’s Islamophobia

Muslim Activist Banned from Facebook for Responding to Trump’s Islamophobia

By on June 21, 2016 in islamophobia, social issues with No Comments

Be careful what you wish for. Donald Drumpf seems to be projecting his fear of actually reaching his goals of moving into the white house which would put him in a precarious situation. He would actually have to stop pretending to know things and would actually have to know things and talk coherently. Not just […]

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Digesting Orlando Narratives as a Muslim American

Digesting Orlando Narratives as a Muslim American

By on June 15, 2016 in islamophobia, social issues with No Comments

“Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32) Any human being murdered is a travesty and a grave tarnish on the human race. Since taking one life is equivalent to taking the lives of […]

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Happy Ramadan 2016

Happy Ramadan 2016

By on June 6, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

Ramadan Kareem! May this blessed month provide you with spiritual revival and depth, success in your spiritual journey and the ability to receive Allah’s bountiful blessings. I already messed up and woke up an hour earlier than I needed to. Eating must stop at the beginning of dawn – which is prior to fajr. Don’t […]

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Muhammad Ali – Legend

Muhammad Ali – Legend

Allah has taken our brother, Muhammad Ali, back home to Him. inna lilahi wa inna ilahi raji un. To God we belong. To Him we return. Wow- notwithstanding his accomplishments in boxing – and the memories I have of my family watching his matches with such excitement – he leaves behind such an indelible mark […]

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Bernards Township, NJ Gives Lame Excuses to Stop Mosque

Bernards Township, NJ Gives Lame Excuses to Stop Mosque

Dear Bernards Township, New Jersey, Did you ever hear of the Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) of 2000? Better yet, have you ever heard of The Constitution? Or how about common decency? It’s disheartening to read about another mosque on U.S. soil whose attempts to exist are being stopped because of planning […]

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As My Firstborn Graduates

As My Firstborn Graduates

By on May 25, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

When I was pregnant for the first time, I couldn’t believe a baby would be in my arms at the end of the journey. My friend even had to keep reminding me that yes … a real baby will be yours at the end of this journey. And then she arrived and I was dissociated […]

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Book Review of Talk to Me by: Qasim Rashid

Book Review of Talk to Me by: Qasim Rashid

By on May 20, 2016 in Book Reviews with No Comments

In his third book, Talk to Me, Author, Qasim Rashid continues his jihad of the pen. His book, The Wrong Kind of Muslim, shined a light on the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan while his second book, Extremist, took on renowned extremist-Islamophobe, Geert Wilders.  In Talk to Me, Rashid takes his activism to the […]

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