Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Owa’Ais Azeem: An actor and storyteller on setting the stage for positive representation

Set in 1648 India, “Guards at the Taj” explores the friendship of two imperial guards, Babur and Humayun, who are put in charge of watching over the newly completed construction of the legendary Taj Mahal. Directed by Brent Hazelton, based on the play written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, “Guards at the Taj” comes to the local stage at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from September 26 to November 4. The dark comedic play examines the true meaning of beauty, imaginative inventions, and the complacency in following rules without question. Taj Mahal was built between the years of 1631...

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IRC Book Review: Green Deen

Marina Zouaghi wrote this book review as part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. Green Deen by Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, © 2010 ISBN: 978605094649 “Ibrahim blends his passion for a green economy, his love, and understanding of faith and a deep commitment to justice in this book.” – Van Jones, founder, Green for All Green Deen, an environmental book by Policy Advisor to the New York City Mayor’s Office and regular media personality, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, aims to inspire its audience to further their own journey...

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Muslim Professors of Law among 2,400 signatories opposing Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Judge

Asifa Quraishi-Landes, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin, was one of dozens of prominent Muslim law professors that joined over 2400 colleagues in signing a letter opposing the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court judge. The group went on record to state that they felt Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial restraint at a Senate hearing last week, behavior that would be disqualifying for any court nominee. Among the many signatories were Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School, Khaled Abou El Fadl, Professor of Law,...

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Asma Kadri Keeler: Finding a voice for freedom in the rule of law

As an attorney for ACLU of Wisconsin, with a law degree noted for academic excellence, Asma Kadri Keeler’s cultural identity and curious nature have been driving forces of her support for issues of equality, especially for women. Encountering more racial disparity in Wisconsin than reactions to her Muslim identity, Kadri Keeler can relate to her civil liberties work from personal experiences. The Wisconsin Muslim Journal spoke with her about insecurities, accomplishments, and her passion to advocates for others. | Q&A with Asma Kadri Wisconsin Muslim Journal: Did you experience a culture shock within your immigrant family while growing up,...

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Top 7 challenges that affect the success of Muslim Student Associations

Throughout the past decade, I’ve worked with a variety of MSAs (Muslim Student Associations) in different capacities. My first days as a Muslim were spent as an undergraduate, stumbling through leadership positions in my first MSA and largely failing to bring about good programming or developing a cohesive community. After graduating and working with other Muslim organizations, I shared what lessons I was learning with my former MSA and acted as an advisor for many years before transitioning to a paid position as the Muslim Life Coordinator at different private university. Now, I serve as the president of yet...

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Muslim groups provide significant relief aid efforts as hurricanes intensify

Hurricane Florence marked two notable milestones regarding hurricanes that hit the United States – Muslim organizations continue to provide significant relief aid, and climate change is now part of the conversation over the intensification of hurricanes. The Islamic Circle of North America Relief and the Muslims of Georgia, and North and South Carolina organized over two dozen mosques as shelters for evacuees who fled Hurricane Florence. The doors opened Sept. 13 and were to remain open through the end of the storm, according to a statement. These relief efforts continue those that began at least as far back in...

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