Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Amanda Ali: A Muslim power building project that strengthen ties across faith and secular communities

“There’s no culture of self-improvement without the culture of self-reflection.” – The Definite Dozen quoted by Mohamed Taleb In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on President Trump’s Muslim Ban, young Muslim leaders from all over the country met for a four day training in Los Angeles, California to start the Muslim Power Building Project. The effort is a collaboration between several groups, Faith In Action (formerly PICO National Network), LA Voice, The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), MPower Change, and Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC). The goal of the project is to harness the strengths and resources of...

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Hummus: A flavorful dish with an ancient history

Hummus is one of the oldest prepared foods in the world. Its ingredients are some of the first to ever be propagated and are so widely available that variations claiming to be the first have been found throughout history ranging anywhere from Egypt to India, Greece to Syria, 10,000 BCE to the 1600s. Despite the age of the dish, one thing remains clear. Hummus is a staple of the Middle East with a growing popularity in the rest of the world. These days, many supermarkets carry hummus in tubs ready for instant consumption, but the process of making hummus...

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IRC Book Review: Saints and Misfits

Elise Bellin, MLIS is the IRC Librarian and this book review is part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali, © 2017 – ISBN: 9781481499248 In Saints and Misfits, protagonist Janna experiences major struggles with her identity and religion as she goes through her teenage life. She feels like an outcast as she fights family expectations, a forbidden love, and, the biggest burden of them all, the monster. She gains inspiration and tips from those around her and slowly...

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Bestselling author Sabaa Tahir shared cultural inspirations for writing at Boswell event

“I am an American-raised, Pakistani-descended, British-born, Brown Muslim Immigrant Woman. And I have a NYT bestselling fantasy series. Because of you. Thank you.” – Sabaa Tahir, a recent Tweet to fans As part of her national book tour for A Reaper at the Gates, the third volume of the planned quartet in the An Ember in the Ashes Series, Sabaa Tahir spoke at the Boswell Book Company on Milwaukee’s East Side on June 22. “Milwaukee is really great. I didn’t know what to expect, because I’ve never been here. And when I asked people on Twitter what to do,...

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Hollywood blockbuster planned to feature female Muslim superhero “Ms Marvel”

When news circulated recently that Marvel was going to bring a Pakistani-American 16-year-old girl, Kamala Khan (aka Ms Marvel), into its much-loved cinema universe, I was pleased on a number of counts. I was pleased for myself, to now have a reference for when people ask me how to spell my name, other than “like Genghis”. I was pleased for all my Pakistani actor friends who finally have parts to audition for that aren’t “wife of terrorist No 3” (a speaking part, no less, with three-dimensional lines saying something more than “I love Allah” or “shall I make dinner?”)....

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Muslim Ban legitimizes bigotry

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. By doing so, the court has genuflected before a deeply bigoted president and has sacrificed constitutional freedoms in the process. It’s almost impossible to describe the mixture of rage and vulnerability that I feel knowing that the ban, a dagger in the heart of the first amendment principle of religious neutrality, is now law. At the center of the Court’s 5-4 decision is a degree of deference to the executive branch that is tantamount to nearly blind obedience. Trump’s many bigoted statements and actions denigrating Muslims are well...

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