Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Hanan Ali: An inspirational Wisconsin student athlete who runs for family and faith

A graduate of Milwaukee’s Salam School and current University of Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman, Hanan Ali is the first student on her women’s cross country team to compete while wearing a hijab. The sport appeals to Ali’s drive for self-improvement, and desire to help other Muslim youth in the community reach for dreams they have never considered, and achieve them. Born and raised in Milwaukee to Syrian parents, Ali’s life has been nurtured by a close community and exposure to cultural diversity. Between her passion for distance running and environmental protection, she represents the opportunities available with hard work and the...

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Sports Hijab is enabling Muslim girls to be more active while upholding beliefs

American Muslims are more visible than ever across the nation, which is quite ironic in the midst of a political climate trying to erase their existence and contributions in the Land of the Free. In recent years, we’ve seen comedian Hasan Minhaj rise to fame, Ibtihaj Muhammad on the Olympic stage and Ilhan Omar elected as the first Somali-American Muslim female legislator. These are only a few names making national headlines—zoom into the map, and it’s hard to ignore contributions of Muslims in their respective communities. Take Fatimah Hussein, a Somali-American woman also hailing from Omar’s state of Minnesota....

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An illness that does not discriminate by culture, ethnicity, or faith

No matter what your ethnicity is, we are all human-beings and mental disorders are common. Individuals need to be more vocal if they feel like something is wrong. Bipolar syndrome can be diagnosed and the condition needs proper care with therapy. Walking into a room, I see an old friend. She smiles and is extensively happy it seems like everything is okay. Within seconds, her mood changes and she’s either really sad or extremely angry. Her mood-swings are hard to deal with that even if a person is close to her, loved ones naturally start distancing themselves. Relationships stem...

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Kashfia Rahman’s participation in “Science Fair” featured at Milwaukee Film Festival

Winner of the Sundance’s “Festival Favorite Award,” the National Geographic documentary follows the lives of nine brilliant and dedicated high school students from 78 countries, as they participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair. The annual event brings together 1,700 students from around the world, each of whom won a local award for their project, to compete for $4 million in prizes and recognition for being the best of the best. Milwaukee native and Co-director Cristina Costantini said, “Science Fair is a love letter to the subculture that saved me. As a dweeby kid growing up in a...

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New film explores the life and legacy of Nobel laureate Muhammad Abdus Salam

The film “Salam: The First ****** Nobel Laureate” begins and ends with a gravestone in a quiet mass cemetery in Pakistan. We see the deceased’s name: “Professor Muhammad Abdus Salam,” followed by his birth and death dates, 1926 and 1996, and a puzzling inscription that declares that Salam “in 1979 became the first Nobel laureate for his work in physics.” As the camera lingers, it becomes clear that a word has been painted out between “first” and “Nobel.” But only after watching the film do we comprehend it: “Muslim.” Salam shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics with U.S....

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The new Islamophobia looks like the old McCarthyism

These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s “1984.” Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles down the Ministry of Truth’s “memory hole” and so ensuring that, in the public mind, the enemy of the moment was always the enemy. Today, there is one constant, though. The Trump administration has made Muslims our enemy of the first order and, in its Islamophobia, is reinforced by an ugly...

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