Guest Post: What I Learned When I Took a Stand to Bullying

This is a guest post by Shaheer Mirza, a high school student, about his experience with bullying.By Shaheer Mirza“Don’t go near Shaheer!  He has a bomb!”“Terrorist!”“Do you belong to ISIS?”These are the statements I’ve repeatedly heard as a middle school, and now, high school student. When the taunting started in sixth grade, I tried to brush the words off and kept a low profile.  But it was frustrating.  I had done absolutely nothing to my peers, but because I was Muslim, oth … [Read more...]

NYC Bombings, Being Muslim and Forgoing the Fear

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Monday morning routine is the same as always: Alarm rings, I turn it off. Lay in my bed with eyes shut for a few more minutes. Get up, utter the same morning prayer I have for decades, go to the bathroom. Look at my phone. Read the latest on the bombing in New York City and New Jersey as well as the stabbings in Minnesota.Put the phone down and go downstairs to make lunches. I open every kid’s door and turn on their lights and off their white noise m … [Read more...]

Eid-ul-Adha and the 15th Remembrance of 9/11 – How Should Muslims Proceed?

Many Muslims probably breathed a sigh of relief when the start of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah was declared to be on September 3 in the U.S. and many parts of the world. I know I did. This makes the holiday of Eid-ul-Adha fall on September 12, not on September 11 -- 9/11. Eid-ul-Adha, which commemorates the story of the Prophet Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son at the command of God, also coincides with the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Many Muslims were worried … [Read more...]

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Burkini Ban has been Overturned in France: 5 Lessons to Know and Remember

Embed from Getty ImagesMuslim women and allies let loose a cheer today when France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, overturned the ban that had been imposed in 26 of the country’s beach towns and cities, after public outrage culminated in a fever pitch when news articles and photos circulated of armed French police standing over a Muslim woman on a beach in Nice, ordering her to remove her tunic to comply with the beach’s burkini banFrance endured nearly a month o … [Read more...]

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Unapologetically Muslim, Unapologetically Human

Back in the late 1980s, when I first started fasting, I was the second kid to do so in my Midwestern junior high school (ok, the first was my older brother two grades ahead of me) in what was a predominantly White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community, I was somewhat unapologetically Muslim. As a 12-year-old, I didn’t advertise to my gaggle of not-Muslim friends that I was fasting. I just retreated (with permission) to the library or the counselor’s office during our lunch break.I wore long pants … [Read more...]

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‘I Will Love Until My Own Pulse Stops’ – Multiple Reflections on Orlando Shootings

To witness the world of beauty and oneness around the funeral of the people’s champ, Muhammad Ali, last week and less than 48 hours later wake up to the horrific mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida – the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history – by a man named Omar Mateen … well, words are insufficient to express how so very awful, sad and horrible this all is.It’s so very Pollyanna of me to say so, but I just don’t get why it’s so difficult for people to be, well, nice. W … [Read more...]

Ask Your Doctor About ‘Islamophobin’!

Do you suffer from fear of Muslims? Bigotry? Worse? This new drug might be the answer to restore your humanity! According to the literature:ISLAMOPHOBIN® is a multi-symptom relief for chronic Islamophobia.The maximum strength formula treats:Blind IntoleranceUnthinking BigotryIrrational Fear of MuslimsU.S. Presidential Election Year ScapegoatingSIDE EFFECTSSide effects include loss of Islamophobia and bigotry, development of ability to think rationally, and … [Read more...]