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The American Muslims You Don’t See

The American Muslims You Don’t See

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally published with America Matters On First 100 Days, Fox News host Martha MacCallum brought together 8 diverse Muslims as part of a larger 22 member panel to talk about President Trump’s temporary travel ban. While the panel was passionate, the pre and post show dialogue reflected a softer side of American Muslims that often […]

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Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally published in The Federalist A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy. That hypocrisy shadows activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March Linda Sarsour. In the past Sarsour has railed against women spotlighting misogyny in the Muslim world. […]

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The Sweet Confinement of Your Aloneness

The Sweet Confinement of Your Aloneness

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally published with On Being. There are times when you find yourself completely surrendered to the power of a moment. David Whyte’s voice filled the air one morning, as wave after wave of sound was the siren song turning my head. This was one of those moments. I plunged into the abyss of his words. And in […]

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FGM Silences a Woman’s Most Primal Voice

FGM Silences a Woman’s Most Primal Voice

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Originally published in the NYT Women in the World Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the horrific act of cutting off a young girl’s clitoris. Often seen as a humanitarian and women’s rights crisis in third-world countries, FGM hit home in the United States recently when an American-born Muslim doctor was arrested and charged with committing FGM on two girls. […]

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Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

Noor Tagouri’s Hijabi Playboy Feature Births a Powerful New Alliance

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Muslim darling Noor Tagouri made headlines last month when she featured in Playboy’s “Renegades of 2016” series about game changers who redefine how we think about the world. While the feature seemed bold and provocative, pairing of a bullet-ridden American flag with the edgy snarl of a hijab-clad young girl, in truth was a cliché […]

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Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114 An-Nas, the last Surah in the Qur’an, draws […]

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Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

| August 31, 2016 | 2 Comments

“No disrespect to Malala, but this kind of dichotomy thinking where it’s all or nothing positions people against each other. A woman can wear whatever she wants but by saying she’s wearing “nothing” when she’s just wearing less, is another form of slut-shaming. Malala isn’t intentionally slut-shaming, but the language she uses still carries that […]

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The Fourth War: Spiritual War

The Fourth War: Spiritual War

| August 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

[An Invocation] We bow our heads in prayer during invocations and benedictions. We offer prayers for “name that city” when a terrorist attack hits.  But between these moments, God is forgotten, faith is forgotten, humanity is forgotten. A prayer isn’t a spiritual pit-stop in our day, even if it happens five times a day.  A […]

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A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

| August 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

Dating While Muslim The Muslim problem with dating — if we can call it that — is almost always one of culture than religion. Having tried the ‘marriage experiment’ once, I know that religion doesn’t play a role in the day-to-day, but culture definitely does. The same problem exists when dating while Muslim. It’s not about whether the guy […]

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Defending Ghazala Khan: “You did exactly what every Islamist does.”

Defending Ghazala Khan: “You did exactly what every Islamist does.”

| August 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

Telling Trump “You did exactly what every Islamist does,” Muslim Reformer and Trump Supporter Shireen Qudosi challenges Trump’s attack on grieving mother Ghazala Khan whose presence was undeniably powerful at the Democratic National Convention, alongside her husband Khizr Khan. While the back and forth exchange has been between Khizr Khan and GOP presidential nominee Donald […]

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She Rises: When Wild Women Find Each Other and Form a Pack

She Rises: When Wild Women Find Each Other and Form a Pack

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Home has never been where I live. Home has been people, ideas and communities. I’ve found pieces of home here and there – a dive boxing gym run by a Vietnam War veteran, the eternal blue sky of Mongolian ancestors, and The Mago Circle. SHE RISES is a project I’ve collaborated on this year that talks […]

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Cash Cow: A Forced Marriage Graphic Novel

Cash Cow: A Forced Marriage Graphic Novel

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

When she wouldn’t agree to the marriage, 12-year-old grace was abducted on a motorcycle by her suitor. Her kidnapper (and soon husband-to-be) plotted the abduction with Grace’s father. It’s a story of “over there” but it happens here too. Southern California, 1995: a bright, mischievous and spirited 16-year-old Fatima went to school with us. She […]

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What Does it Actually Mean to Pray for Something?

What Does it Actually Mean to Pray for Something?

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

We bow our heads in prayer during invocations and benedictions. We offer prayers for “name that city” when a terrorist attack hits.  But between these moments, God is forgotten, faith is forgotten, humanity is forgotten. A prayer isn’t a spiritual pit-stop in our day, even if it happens five times a day.  A prayer isn’t […]

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Film Review: Gulaab Gang

Film Review: Gulaab Gang

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

VICE calls them India’s Flux of Pink Ladies, a 400,000 strong army of women warriors clad in pink sarees and wielding staffs. They’re a new class of vigilante women in a country that has abandoned feminine sanctity, even though some Hindu gods are indestructibly powerful women. That sanctity was reclaimed in Gulaab Gang, an Indian […]

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