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Blessed With Cancer

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Blessed With Cancer

Originally published in Aquila Magazine There are all sorts of inspirational quotes and memes for life. They say “it’s always darkest before dawn”, or that “God doesn’t give you more than you can endure”. It’s easy to believe these in the recesses of comfort; it’s easy to say it when you’re far from the storm. […]

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A Happier You

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Happier You

Every New Year I strategically plan out my goals and resolutions, and each year I fail to meet them. In the lead-up to the Islamic New Year, I ask five beautiful and successful Muslim women for their tips on keeping New Year’s resolutions, to help us all achieve a happy new us. 1Beauty isin the […]

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Malala and Nabila: World’s Apart

| November 5, 2013 | 1 Comment
Malala and Nabila: World’s Apart

Source: The Nation   On October 24, 2012, a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick okra as the family prepared for the coming Eid […]

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Gratitude by Trial and Misfortune

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Gratitude by Trial and Misfortune

[Originally written for Aquila Magazine] Every time my husband and I go out for dinner, I always want what he orders. A few months ago we went out for a dinner with friends, both of whom were psychologists. Of course, the same dilemma of wanting what my husband ordered crept up again. Since nothing gets […]

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Eid and the Spirit of the Season

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
Eid and the Spirit of the Season

  Originally written for Aquila Magazine As Ramadan and a much-looked-forward to Eid al-Fitr return to us this year, we take a moment to pause and reflect the true meaning of Eid. Unlike other holidays, Eid is not a stand-alone holiday; it is the celebratory period after the Islamic month of Ramadan in which we […]

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Why You Should Fear the NSA Even if You Have Nothing to Hide

| June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Anna Lekas Miller Source: Guardiam UK One of the most common responses from the 66% of American citizens in favor of the NSA‘s data-collection programs is, “I have nothing to hide, so why should I have anything to fear?” But what if you have nothing to hide but are targeted as a suspect nevertheless? […]

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YouTube’s “Hijab’s Tutorials” Highlights Peaking Obsession with Western Standards of Beauty

| June 21, 2013 | 1 Comment
YouTube’s “Hijab’s Tutorials” Highlights Peaking Obsession with Western Standards of Beauty

By Izzie Source: Patheos Editors note: Patheos blogger Izzie uses her own real-life example of her path to hijab as an exploration into hijab subculture. With light-hearted charm, she blasts today’s epidemically rising obsession with beauty and fashion among a group of hijab wearers – the irony of the whole trend being that hijab is […]

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Discriminating Against Arabs Costs Israel Billions

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
Discriminating Against Arabs Costs Israel Billions

By Emily L. Hauser Source: The Daily Beast There are all kinds of reasons for Israel to rectify the discriminatory treatment it affords its Palestinian citizens (a community generally referred to in Hebrew as “Arab Israelis”). The most basic requirements of democracy, for instance, or the demands of basic justice. On Friday, however, the editorial […]

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A Syrian Refugee Wedding

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Syrian Refugee Wedding

By Lauren Wolfe Source: The Nation Inside a furniture-free caravan in the Jordanian desert, sixteen women and girls and a plump boy wedge themselves in a circle around a 15-year-old girl and a woman doing her hair. The hairdresser combs through one-inch sections, spraying on a fixative before twisting them into elaborate shapes. The girl, […]

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‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

by Lauren Wolfe Source: The Atlantic Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she’s having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades in and out, hoarse […]

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