I made the front page of CNN.com on Tuesday for an opinion piece I wrote for them. Alhamdulillah (All thanks and praise are due to God), it has been very interesting. I must thank CNN for their reaching out to me an affording me, and by extension all Muslims, a space to talk about Islam. It is refreshing seeing news media doing something to break down stereotypes instead of reinforcing them.
Just wanted to share a motivational speech that I liked at HijabFest2014 by Sara Zayed whom is a young lady in college and very inspirational for all of us, Masha’Allah:
“Muslim Women can do anything! Being a Muslimah, a hijabi, nothing can hold you back from accomplishing anything you want. Muslim women have been more known through out the world a lot and every year we are expanding, Alhumdulilah (i.e. Business, teachers, college, work, social networks, medical related, modesty fashion, media, Blogs, etc) We are making a difference in this country in every way possible and we shall continue to do so, Insha’Allah. Every time you work with another Muslim women you are not only assisting that person but in fact the entire muslimah community.”
Subhuna’Allah, this really touched me when Sara spoke about this! She is absolutely right. We Muslimahs can do anything and make a difference in this…
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So to my surprise there was a Muslim Day Parade in New York City. I never knew such a parade even existed and neither did my husband who for most of his years as a Muslim, has been pretty active with several Muslim organizations across the US. I found out about the event while searching for themes for a Muslim parade float (I’ll get back to my reason for searching that later). Sadly, in my google searches, I mostly came across websites that critiqued the parade and used anything they found at the parade to bash Islam with their narrow extremist views. The hottest topic among the bashing was the jihadi flag or what is now known as the ISIS flag. This flag that many are associating with this evil group, is simply the Muslim declaration of faith, what we call the shahada. The flag is usually in either black or…
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