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World Hijab Day

World Hijab Day marked it’s first annual day on February 1st, 2013 in an effort to recognize Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab. The founder of this movement, Nazma Khan, came up with the idea to foster religious tolerance by inviting non-Muslims to experience the hijab for one day. “Growing up in the Bronx, in NYC, I experienced a great deal of discrimination due to my hijab, ‘she reflects. ‘In middle school, I was ‘Batman’ or ‘ninja’. When I entered University after 9/11, I was called Osama bin laden or terrorist. It was awful. I figured the only way to end discrimination is if we ask our fellow sisters to experience hijab themselves,” says Nazma. According to the...

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Vote by Marwa Balkar

I’m sorry if this comes off as harsh: if you’re not voting, don’t complain when you’re attacked. Islamophobic hate crimes are on the rise, and the Muslim ban is in full effect. An important point to note: 64% of candidates either running or are currently in office have openly targeted Muslims. What are you doing about it?  “What’s the point of voting? It doesn’t count” Don’t make the same mistake our parents have made. Their disinvolvement in elections are a big reason as to why Muslims are not directly involved in conversations about us. If US candidates don’t see our demographic show up  in the polls, they know that they don’t have to worry about our opinion because we don’t...

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For the Love of Helping Hand- Final Reflections

Welcome to the last post of this series! I hope you were able to gain some insight into a very deep and often misunderstood matter. I’m sure some of you must be thinking how this topic correlates with our company, here’s how: If there’s one thing you should know about me its that this is my passion, and just like most people with a passion, its what continues to motivate me to tread on this path of uncertainty. When I first set out to start this company, my 19-year-old self knew I wanted cater to a bigger purpose. The need for more Muslim American companies was apparent, but the need for a source of inspiration which went beyond the means...

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For the Love of Helping Hand- Post 4

750 million people around the world lack access to safe water; that is approximately one in nine people. (WHO) Why is it that 750 million people around the world lack one of the most basic necessities needed in order to survive? We really need to ask ourselves how we reached this point, how our hearts have become so hard that we’ve forgotten about the individuals that Allah has entrusted us with. During my time in Kenya I was able to visit some of the donated water wells and interact with the beneficiaries of the various wells. Time after time dozens of individuals came up to us to express their gratitude towards Helping Hand for placing the much needed water well...

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For the Love of Helping Hand- Post 3

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mendela If there is anything I am certain of, its that those words are indeed the truth. As I reflected upon my day every night my thoughts always came to the same conclusion; there are so many issues around the world and education really is the only force that not only empowers but also instills a sense of change. As an individual I might not be able to solve the refugee crisis, end world hunger, or put a stop to poverty. However, I can work towards educating a child, and not only that, but I can work towards educating my own community on the...

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