Once Upon a White Male Professor

By JANIS MAHNURE May 12, 2018 “This brilliant man who was intrigued by me but not enough to hear me out. Just enough to reel me in and spit out his reality.” Disclaimer: This is about my personal experience, and…

Is “Allahu Akbar” Really the Problem?

By EEMA MANZOOR April 1st, 2018 “Islamophobes, or anyone weary of Islam, often view the words “Allahu akbar” as a sign that people are about to die or kill others. Even many people who don’t necessarily dislike Muslims cower a…

Islam, The Truth: A Narrative on Being A Muslim

By EEMA MANZOOR March 19, 2018 “Islam is not as simple as just a belief, it is a religion of knowledge as well as action. This means that Islam integrates into every aspect of our lives.” I’m not sure how…

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, How Sustainable are Thy Branches?

By STEPHANIE MOY January 1, 2018 “However, with 78% of American households displaying Christmas trees each year, prohibiting the tradition is not realistic. Instead, environmentalists should focus on the carbon footprint of each tree, the number of years it will…

Saying “Happy Holidays” Instead of “Merry Christmas”

By MARCUS GEDULD December 25, 2017 “The more “voices” we encourage, the more we learn. I want to help create a pluralistic society with all sorts of inputs coming from all sorts of people. Minority views are vital to this,…

Trump: Jerusalem is Now The Capital of Israel

By TAYLOR GRIFFIN December 11, 2017 “President Trump, like most Republican Presidential candidates, pledged to relocate the Embassy to Jerusalem. Now, Trump looks to actually go through with it. It is a long-sought victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

Dear America: You Make Me Feel Oppressed

By NIHAN AHMAD December 8th, 2017 “September 11, 2001, the day The World Trade Center fell, that day was the happiest day of my year. At least, as much as I can remember.” Dear America, I’ve been meaning to write…

The Universe is Not Obligated to Conform to Your Narrative

By WILLIAM BETEET December 1, 2017 “Search for ways to make the universe to give you what you want, not for how the universe should fit your narrative.” From ideologues to religious fanatics, the world is not obligated to conform…

Can a Muslim Man Marry Four Wives Without The Consent of The Other Wives?

By NIDA ALI November 17, 2017 “Can a Muslim man marry four wives without the consent of the other wives? For a Muslim male who is only Muslim in name and belief but not in practice, is it possible to…

The Times I Was Discriminated Against

By OSAMA ALBAYTI October 16, 2017 “I was told by one of the workers that I should go back to Saudi Arabia where they could be more helpful to me.” I don’t think I have been at a position of…

Stop Idealizing Religious Figures: How to Handle Scandals in the Muslim Community

By HIBBA MAHMUD September 25, 2017 “With the glorification and “celebrity” status of Imams and Sheikhs, people often hold them on a pedestal and don’t realize that these people are humans at the end of day.” This article intentionally mentions…

The “Don’t Judge Me” Phenomenon

By HIBBA MAHMUD August 20, 2017 “My point is simply, that our relationship is with God and our religion, so we need to stop worrying about how others perceive us. “ Time and time again, we always get feelings and…

Can a Person Be Fully Muslim and Fully American at The Same Time?

By SAIMA USMANI August 15, 2017 “If you are proud of who you are and you think that the US of A is the center of the world then you are already fully American.” What does it mean to be…

Has the Hijab Become a Stylish Commodity?

By HIBBA MAHMUD March 8, 2017 “With the power of social media, there has been numerous hijabi fashion bloggers who have transformed the image of hijab from oppressive to inclusive and trendy.” The Muslim women’s hijab, as an image, has…

Why I Wear the Hijab

By EEMA MANZOOR April 4, 2017 “Hijab is beyond a simple headscarf. It’s a way of dressing, but it also is an approach to life.” One of the questions I get asked the most, being a visible hijabi, is “Why…

Mona Haydar’s Hijab Rap Song is Not What We Need

By HIBBA MAHMUD April 3, 2017 “Instead of placing an emphasis on the physical beauty of Muslim women why not make a video that showcases Muslim women of intellect, thought, and character or celebrate their own intellect and character while…

Does it Qualify to be Labeled a Terror Attack: Only if its Done by a Muslim

By AMINA RANA March 23, 2017 “Our rhetoric displays a plaguing idea that other races or religions are not liable for terrorism as colored people are, particularly those who practice Islam. “ What does terrorism look like? If you thought…

This Year’s Pot of Gold: Watching Irish PM Call Out Trump

By ITTECA KHAN March 20, 2017 “Like many others coming into America, the Irish were escaping horrors in their homeland. Today, Trump’s administration likes to direct its hatred and anger towards other immigrant and refugee groups.” This St. Patrick’s day,…

Happy Purim: What is It and How Is it Celebrated

By JULIA BIRNBACH March 12, 2017 “The story of Purim is also really important in today’s world. It tells the story of religious persecution and attempted genocide- issues that are clearly very prevalent today. It reminds us to stand up…

In the Separation of The Father, The Son, and The Holy State

By GHAZAL JAVAID February 7, 2017 “The importance of the line between Church and state is to ensure the free will of the people and uphold the ideals of the nations as laid out by the Constitution. “ In light…