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How to Kickstart Your Fitness Journey

Leading a healthy lifestyle can seem intimidating and quite frankly, a little miserable. Trust me, I’ve been there. Why would someone give up the prospect of eating anything they desire, to chew leaves all day like some rabbit, am I right? To have to go to the gym every day after work and hop on a treadmill when you can be at home watching Netflix? Or having to quit carbs when that’s the only thing you look forward to after a long day at work? What if I told you you didn’t HAVE to do any of those things? Many people assume fitness is black and white. It is a very common assumption that there’s only one way to do...

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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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Interview with Hira Ali

Today’s blog post is a pretty interesting one. Well, it was definitely an interesting one to put together. A few weeks ago we had reached out to a young blogger, Hira, also known as @thedreamingali on Instagram. We had originally asked if she would be interested in collaborating in which she gracefully agreed, however, her response shook our entire team to say the least. For those of you who don’t know, the terms of a collaboration are usually done with an exchange of payments or the giving of free products, a review of the products are then given online in return. This is a great way for many small businesses to promote their product and for bloggers to make an...

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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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