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1709, 2018

NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference

September 17th, 2018|Categories: High School, Leadership, Rockford, IL|

I had the opportunity to attend the NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference last week after being nominated by my soccer coach.  Events like this give me a chance to learn leadership skills that I can use on the soccer field as well as in my other endeavors.  I found the leadership conference a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow athletes in a setting away from the stadium.  We developed camaraderie through [...]

2408, 2018

Step up, future leaders!

August 24th, 2018|Categories: High School, Issues, Politics, Rockford, IL, Youth Council|

I had the opportunity to write and record a piece for WNIJ (the local NPR affiliate) and their Perspectives program.  I spoke about the importance of youth engagement.  Give it a listen. Here is the text: In today's world, the ongoing discord in “grown-up” national politics is becoming more pronounced, with an ever-shrinking middle ground and fewer common goals. A fresh point of view can alter the playing [...]

2408, 2018

Auburn Youth Court

August 24th, 2018|Categories: High School|

This past school year I was selected to be on the Auburn High School Youth Court.  Youth Court is a proven community vehicle for keeping students out of the formal judicial system for lapses in judgement on school grounds.  See the article in the RRStar about my experience with Youth Court. http://rrstar.com/news/20180511/winnebago-county-crime-commission-releases-youth-violence-report

1702, 2018

Gun Laws

February 17th, 2018|Categories: Issues|

The Florida shooting is yet another reminder of the inaction of our government with regard to gun laws. America has more mass shootings than any other country and most of these are carried out by white males. It is shameful of media organizations to continue to instill the double standard of labeling these horrid men as "lone wolves" or "mentally unstable" while simultaneously blaming any attack done by a minority [...]

401, 2018

Domestic Violence and the Trauma Initiative

January 4th, 2018|Categories: Youth Council|

As some of you may know, I am a part of the Chairman and Mayor's Regional Youth Advisory Council for the city of Rockford and Winnebago County. The council meets once a month to discuss issues both within the community and nation wide. Today, we learned about the state of domestic violence within the community and the idea of the long term effects of trauma on mental health. One of [...]

612, 2017

Rockford to vote on Home rule

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Rockford, IL|

At the City Council meeting held December 4th, the alderman voted to put home rule on the ballot for 2018. What does this mean? Well home rule in the United States refers to the ability of the local government of a constituent part of a state, such as a city or county, to exercise political power and make decisions on local affairs on their own as long as they adhere [...]

507, 2017

Things to remember this 4th of July

July 5th, 2017|Categories: Issues|

We have all been fortunate enough to see another 4th of July this year and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Through perilous times and tests of our patience, perseverance, and faith, we have continued to come together as Americans when it has mattered most. However, there are still some things I would like you all to consider today as we reflect on our own freedom: Remember the indigenous [...]

3006, 2017

ISNA 2017

June 30th, 2017|Categories: Islam|

Alhamdulilah I am here at ISNA again this year. I plan on having a few interviews put up on Facebook on both my personal page and the Muslim Moderate page. These interviews will be live broadcasted on Facebook. These broadcasts will still be archived on Facebook so even after the interview is over, anyone can go back and watch them. I also plan on trying to bring them over to [...]

1606, 2017

The Past and the Future

June 16th, 2017|Categories: High School, Islam, Politics, Updates|

It has been a while.  This last school year was my roughest yet, and I had to turn my focus to my classes.  My attention could not be towards anything else.  During the first week of the summer I was still studying, however, that was only for a couple of SAT Subject Tests. Now my summer is truly beginning.  All of that is done now and I am ready to [...]

2702, 2017

What it means to be politically active

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Election, Politics, Rockford, IL|

I have had the opportunity to volunteer in a campaign again. The mayoral election for Rockford is coming up and I have been canvassing for Tom McNamara, the Democratic candidate. This is the second time I have given my time to a political campaign. Although I am only a teenager, I think I have had some meaningful experiences. But what do these experiences mean? How is knocking on doors helping someone like me? The [...]

811, 2016

Representative Bustos Internship

November 8th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

I was very fortunate this summer and fall to be an intern for Congresswoman Bustos and help in her re-election campaign for the United States Congress. The political experience I have gained has given me new insight into how our country operates, as well as what other people in my community think about this election. My work for the campaign included making phone calls to constituents and canvassing local neighborhoods. I enjoyed the canvassing the [...]

2310, 2016

Update

October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Updates|

It has been a long time since I have posted on this blog and I want to start off by apologizing for the inactivity. For all of July, I was at UChicago taking a class called Awakening into Consciousness: Intro to Collegiate Writing. As soon as my class finished up, my family went to Canada for vacation. This trip lasted the first couple weeks of August. Also during this time, [...]

807, 2016

Black Lives Matter

July 8th, 2016|Categories: Issues|

Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Trayvon Martin. Tamir Rice. And so many more. Racism is real. It is the most prominent issue of our generation. We have been brainwashed to think it was over since the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King would be devastated. This blog may be called the Muslim "Moderate" but this is an issue I cannot be moderate about. People's lives are being taken away due to excessive [...]

607, 2016

Eid Mubarak!!

July 6th, 2016|Categories: Islam, Updates|

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 [...]

2906, 2016

Muslims of Rockford: Morad Suliman

June 29th, 2016|Categories: Muslims of Rockford|

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 [...]

2306, 2016

Muslims of Rockford

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Muslims of Rockford|

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 [...]

1206, 2016

Terror 

June 12th, 2016|Categories: Issues|

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 [...]

406, 2016

Ali

June 4th, 2016|Categories: Noteworthy|

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 [...]

106, 2016

Summer and volunteering

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Updates|

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 [...]

1505, 2016

Ramadan…

May 15th, 2016|Categories: Islam|

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 [...]

205, 2016

Thoughts on the $20 bill

May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Issues, Politics|

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, [...]

2404, 2016

Freshman year…

April 24th, 2016|Categories: High School, Model UN|

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 [...]

2304, 2016

Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Politics|

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 [...]

2304, 2016

What Ocasio-Cortez’s win means for the Democratic party

April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Election|

Major upset as 10 year incumbent Joseph Crowley loses primary for Representative position. This victory for Ocasio-Cortez represents the growing movement of Democratic socialists. Ocasio-Cortez was backed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a fast growing organization working towards influencing the political structure. It is also a huge victory for women of color as they strive to represent the diverse communities of constituents.