Three Air Raids in Western Aleppo killed At least 50 civilians and wounded over 100 As I found out this piece of information from a medical aid’s twitter account on the tragedy that that never made headlines, I proceeded to Google for myself to find out more. Shockingly, there...

Don’t Be Silent

I’ve always been surprised about my parents being so open about our life. Society and culture teaches different is bad and should be hidden. Fear of discrimination and shame is why people hide their differences and try to conform to what they think is “ideal” or “normal”. This life...
In a coordinated push for self-determination, millions of Kurds in Iraq recently voted in a referendum that would lead them down the path for state independence. Ninety-two percent of Kurds in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq voted “yes” to this non-binding referendum, which essentially declares the intent to...
Late Dr. Abbasi was a courageous man who patiently endured his daily life struggles as if they never existed. I knew him for as long as I can remember. My late aunt, who passed away this year, was married to him for thirty years. We lived in the same...
In times as tumultuous as in today's world, finding the means to take care of yourself proves difficult. Because of the instant and globalized culture around us, we are constantly bombarded with news from dawn to dusk--even longer. As a result, any sense of joy we experience is fleeting....
  I was thirteen when my younger brother Umar entered the world, struggling with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. As the Noble Quran tells us, “with struggle comes ease,” (94:5). After that initial scare, the delivery went well and he seemed to be in good health. While holding...
I’ve always known I wanted to become a teacher, but I never would have guessed that special education would be the foundation of my teacher education and the root of my passion for the field. I student taught at a Chicago Public School that is exclusively for high school...
  Feryaal Tahir and her family were once afraid to bring their Autistic family member to the mosque. Just as any other Muslim wanting to partake in mosque activities, F. Tahir took her sister to the mosque and as they were having a good time, F. Tahir started to notice...
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