Salaam and Eid Mubarak to all my brothers and sisters! In this blessed time, I ask for Muslims all over the world to rejoice. But, do not forget the lessons learned and pray that the ibadat performed during the blessed time of Ramadan is accepted. I, for one, never want Ramadan to end. The endless blessings and sleepless nights sitting in the musallah filled me with the most joy I have ever experienced. To stay consistent in prayer and fill your heart with the sincerest of du'aas are among the greatest feelings in the world. I hope we can all live [...]
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Morad Suliman is a Sudanese-American teenager living in the Rockford community. He attends Auburn High School and is in the Gifted Program there. Although only 16 years old, Morad is very educated and informed about the world and issues surrounding our generation. I asked him what the biggest problem our world faces at the moment and he gave a deep and insightful answer. He said that the lack of concern and knowledge regarding countries such as Syria and the people of Palestine are an issue in themselves. Morad also explained that the media twisting stories to show Muslims as enemies while [...]
A couple days ago, a family member of mine gave me a great idea. He told me I should add a feature to this blog that is very similar to the popular page Humans of New York. He had also done some work with this idea during his travels and did a wonderful job. I plan to interview the members of the Muslim community in Rockford and ask them questions regarding politics, media and social issues along with learning about their story, background, greatest influences and upbringings. The schedule for this project is most likely going to be on the fly, [...]
A few hours ago, a mass shooting happened in Orlando. 50 dead and 53 injured, making it the largest mass shooting in American history. Numerous issues arise from this incident. An assault type weapon was used, which continues to question the use of firearms. The shooting was at a gay nightclub, which exemplifies anti gay behavior. However, the biggest issue that arises from an incident like this comes from the shooter. Omar Saddiqui Mateen has been identified as the attacker. Due to the fact that this man was Muslim, authorities already assume the attack as an act of terror. Yes, I [...]
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajaoon May Allah (SWT) grant Jannah for The Greatest. Not only an icon, but a brother. Someone who made me proud to be Muslim at a young age. Someone who gave us hope and the drive to fight for what you believe in. Someone who we can all look up to. Strive to be. It's kind of ironic actually. I had just finished watching Creed when I heard about this. If there is anything you can take from Muhammad Ali's legacy, it is his unstoppable drive and determination to believe in oneself.
As summer is starting, we often find ourselves loafing around the house and not using our time effectively. We think to ourselves, I have worked so hard all year, just let me relax. But in reality, now is the time to really do all the things you enjoy and give back to your community. I encourage all of you to find something that you can do that is beneficial for not only yourself but for the people around you. When you find a chore or job that you really enjoy, it is no longer a chore, it as an opportunity, a [...]
Ramadan is almost upon us. Thus, it is a time to look at our lives and and the state of the world around us. As we get close, I encourage you all to act humble and kind. That person you might have not acknowledged before, ask them how their day was. Smile more. Remember your thanks. Also, as the candidate races are coming to an end, be cognizant about your surroundings. Give everything thought. Do not be rash. The most important thing Muslims can do in a time like this is remain calm and collected. Act as the Prophet (PBUH) would. [...]
Recent changes have been made to American currency. Changes that are wonderful. Changes that will hopefully spark a new found ideal for an equal world. Deciding to put Harriet Tubman, a national hero, on the face of the twenty dollar bill is a great change. It shows that America is moving in the right direction. However, with every change, there is a backlash. And this time is no different. Once again, people are blinded by some false ideology that change is bad and a waste. People are saying that completely redesigning a bill is a waste of money, between the cost of [...]
As my first year in high school comes to a close, I have been thinking a lot about the many wonderful experiences I enjoyed. In particular, I ponder about which was the most influential experience. I made the varsity soccer team as a freshman. I played scholastic bowl with state championship players. I marched in football game halftime shows as a member of the marching band. I started a pep squad for the band members. However, without a doubt, it has to be my time in Model UN and the conference at the University of Chicago, MUNUC. Attending the conference and [...]
Trump's Supreme Court pick was announced yesterday. Brett Kavanaugh is a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was the White House Staff Secretary during the George W. Bush administration. He is a @yale alum for both undergraduate studies and Law school. He is a conservative judge and would be expected to align with the other conservative justices on the Supreme Court. This means that the Supreme Court would have a conservative majority for quite a long time, as Justices serve as long as they desire. One of his more notable decisions came when [...]