In the spacious, sun-lit prayer hall of the Gurdwara Sahib of Rockville, Md., a teenager practices tabla with a bearded man in a blue turban and crisp white Kurta. In one corner, a woman sits surrounded by pre-schoolers, their heads covered with colorful scarves and little turbans. She switches between fluent English and Punjabi, asking them to repeat … Continue reading Sikh Americans’ best weapon to fight discrimination: A faith rooted in equality
A young Pakistani Muslim immigrant to Washington has built a platform for fellow immigrants to come together and do their part to promote peace and tolerance in Pakistan. Her biggest motivation is an unbreakable bond with the country she grew up calling home -- in spite of the systemic persecution her community has faced there for decades.
November 21 WASHINGTON – A diverse group of students, families, and activists gathered for a peaceful protest in front of the White House this afternoon to call upon federal and local governments to let more Syrian refugees into the U.S. More than 100 rally participants carried signs welcoming refugees, and chanted against a recent announcement … Continue reading D.C. Area Residents Rally for Syrian Refugees Outside White House
As news websites continue to combat vitriol in their comment sections, some look to alternative reader engagement techniques In 2013, Suzanne LaBarre was the online content director for Popular Science, also known as PopSci, a monthly American magazine about current science and technology. In September that year, LaBarre and her team, fed up with the toxicity in reader … Continue reading Free Speech or Hatefest? The Online Comments Dilemma Continues
Originally published in Dawn Lined with garbage and plastic waste, Machar Colony’s broken, narrow streets are enveloped by the smell of rotting fish. Young children and youth wander aimlessly. Basic amenities are scarce, unemployment persists and crime is rampant. In most households, men go out to fish while women and children help make ends meet … Continue reading In a coastal shanty town, tragedy and hope live side by side
Note: This post appeared on Dawn.com on May 11, 2015. In a country where the odds are stacked against most women, Reham Khan's scolding them for not taking responsibility for their plight is disingenuous. It happens more than one would expect, but it is always confounding when women of power and privilege choose to patronize other women in … Continue reading Don’t tell women to shut up
Originally published on AltMuslim Some analysts insist ISIS is a natural and unavoidable product of Islam. They couldn't be more off-base. Since the alarming rise of the Islamic State, many political analysts and pundits across the world, especially in the West, have taken it upon themselves to inform more than 1.5 billion Muslims of the … Continue reading Questioning the ‘ISIS Brand’ of Islam