The Power of Perception and the Stigma of Mental Illness in Our Muslim Community

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By Laila Alawa I usually say it with a smile and a laugh. “I’m depressed, you know.” It’s my response to conversations on mental health in our community that often spiral into the “we don’t have those issues in our community” declaration. My response always comes as a shock to the person I am speaking [Read More...]

Islamophobia is Only One Chapter in the Muslim-Western Story

IRAQI-AMERICAN MUSLIMS CELEBRATE IN DEARBORN OUSTER OF HUSSEIN

By Muqtedar Khan ISTANBUL – It concerns me that Islamophobia, an irrational fear of Islam and animosity toward Muslims, is becoming a dominant paradigm through which all Western-Muslim relations are now being explored. A conglomerate of five Universities, led by Yildiz Technical University and the municipality of Beykoz province in Istanbul Turkey, organised an international [Read More...]

Rediscovering Islam in a Post-Divorce Landscape

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By Deonna Kelli My marriage had taken me all over the Muslim world – to Mecca, Cairo, Kabul and countless countries in between. I would even venture to say that over the course of my 12 year union, I experienced more Islam than many Muslims will know in their lifetimes. Yet, I left the relationship to [Read More...]

The Story (You Never Knew) of Wajahat Ali

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By Stephen Cobbe As a former Catholic school student, Wajahat Ali has some familiarity with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. But for a long time, there was another less-forgiving trinity in his life: “Success,” as defined by his Pakistani-American community, was becoming a doctor, engineer, or businessman — three venerated careers that Ali has [Read More...]

Raising A Confident Muslim-American Child in the Age of Islamophobia

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By Sabina Khan-Ibarra Raising a child is a difficult feat. Raising a brown child in America is even trickier. Raising a brown, Muslim child in America seems almost impossible. If someone asked me to describe the love of a mother for her child three years ago, I probably used a series of clichés, drawing from [Read More...]

An Attack on a House of Worship is an Attack on All Houses of Worship

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By Jilllian Holzbauer Islamophobia has become a prominent buzzword in the realm of political rhetoric. Some see it as the pinnacle of a climate of discrimination in America; others view it as a smear tactic to inhibit free speech. But what is the real pulse of our great nation when it comes to that delicate [Read More...]


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