Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Sayyid Sameer Ali: The ministry of social justice

As a hospice Chaplain, Sayyid Sameer Ali works extensively with people of other faiths, helping them cope with the conditions of hospice. As a Shia Imam, he is part of a new generation of Imams who are challenging notions within the Muslim community. In the process, Ali is building bridges with other faiths to promote understanding and cooperation. | Q&A with Sayyid Sameer Ali Wisconsin Muslim Journal: Aside from Allah, who had the most influence on your early life and why? Sayyid Sameer Ali: I have been influenced by the long-standing tradition of scholarship in Islam. Many great figures,...

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Olympian and rapper share stories to conquer Muslim stereotypes

Nine-year-old Zainab Sharifa-Mukhtar, who started wearing a hijab to school this year, came to the University at Albany Wednesday to meet two examples of who she could be when she grows up: an Olympic fencer and a chart-topping rapper. “My main thing was for her to come for her to see positive role models, for her to see that hijab is not an obstacle, your religion is not an obstacle for where you want to be in life,” said her mother, Fatima Mukhtar from Clifton Park. Olympic bronze-medal winning fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and rapper Mona Haydar shared their experiences...

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Proposed change to make green cards harder for low-income families to obtain

Rights groups say proposed public-charge rule change will adversely affect low-income families, people with disabilities. The first thing Alfredo* bought for his parents when he started working was a refrigerator. He was still in Mexico, in the city of Mazatlan in Sinaloa, where he worked in a little store. But he wanted a better life, so he moved on with his wife and child. First to the state of Sonora, later crossing the border to Arizona in 1993 on a US visitor’s visa. In Arizona, Alfredo washed dishes in a restaurant for a year, a job he got through...

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Who Is Hussain? Memorial March brings a message of peace to Milwaukee

The Chicago chapter of Who is Hussain co-hosted a memorial march in downtown Milwaukee to inform the general public about Hussain Ibn Ali’s (R) message of compassion, social justice, and equality on October 13. Who is Hussain is an international movement present in cities across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The non-political movement was inspired by the values and principles of the seventh century martyr, Hussain Ibn Ali (R). “Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (R) presented an example of justice, equity, equality, and peace for us to follow. He represents a stand against oppression,” said Imam Sayyid Sameer Ali....

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New report details a century of Hollywood’s Islamophobia and its cultural impact

A new report from the Pop Culture Collaborative details depictions of Muslims on screen—what the entertainment industry must do to uplift Muslim narratives that do not damage the community. Artist and scholar Dr. Maytha Alhassen chronicles the past century of Islamophobic screen depictions of Muslims in “Haqq and Hollywood: Illuminating 100 Years of Muslim Tropes And How to Transform Them,” published by the Pop Culture Collaborative on October 9. The organization, which aims to shift pop culture narratives about communities of color, issued the report with an accompanying visual guide. Both components highlight the “Orientalism, anti-Blackness, anti-Muslim racism, patriarchy...

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Khashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals from Saudi summit

CNN and Financial Times join growing list of organizations to pull out of kingdom’s showpiece investment event. A high-profile investment summit in Riyadh later this month is rapidly becoming a fiasco as prominent businesses and media groups have pulled out over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the disappearance and possible murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC have withdrawn as media sponsors. The World Bank said it had previously informed the Saudi authorities that its president, Jim Yong Kim, would not be attending the Future Investment Initiative. The world’s business elite were due...

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