How My Faith as a Muslim Helps Me Cope With My Chronic Illness

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been labeled a "control freak." As a child, the word "bossy" was thrown around quite a bit. I started learning to let go—and yes, letting go is something I had to learn—through practicing Islam. I hadn’t realized how utterly exhausting it was to think everything was dependent on me all the time. There’s nothing like an autoimmune disease—or in my case, a cluster of immune-mediated illnesses—to show you exactly how little control you have over your body and its many functions.

Congresswoman-Elect Ilhan Omar Refuses to Entertain Islamophobia

Her story could be considered the American Dream. The youngest of seven children, she and her family fled the civil war in Somalia, first spending four years in a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the U.S. in 1995. When Omar first arrived in the U.S. at 12 years old, she spoke no English. She overcame the pain and trauma of a childhood marred by war to make history threefold as the first hijabi in Congress, the first Somali-American legislator, and one of the first Muslim women in Congress.

7 Ways to Navigate Ramadan If Your Health Prevents You From Fasting

When we think about Ramadan, fasting is usually what comes to everyone’s mind. As Ramadan kicks off, you’ve probably already heard “Not even water?!” at least five times. Ramadan, particularly fasting, can be challenging, even for those of us in the best of health. For those of us with chronic illnesses, fasting during Ramadan may not be possible, either due to exacerbations, medications, hospitalizations, or medically necessary procedures.

Marketing To Muslim Consumers Is Easier (And Harder) Than You Think

Muslim consumers are a rapidly growing demographic with tremendous spending power, present in virtually every market in the world. Despite this, Muslims are a largely underserved and frequently overlooked economic sector. Since a whopping 90% of Muslims say that their faith impacts their buying habits, categorically ignoring the needs of Muslim consumers is clearly a costly mistake. So is plowing in blindly without considering the particular nuances of this multifaceted market. So how should you market to Muslim consumers?

Why Nabra Hassanen's Murder Needs to Be Examined in the Context of Hate Crimes

Nabra had a trifecta of hated identities: she was Muslim, black, and a woman – all three of which are identity groups that experience heightened marginalisation, discrimination, and violence. To deny that Islamophobia and anti-Muslim violence is a real – and dangerous – occurrence is to try and deny, discredit, and silence the experiences of Muslims – particularly women – in the West, who face violence because we are Muslim.
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