Entries by Aysha Qamar

What Are You Feeding Your Infant?

by Noor H. Salem When it comes to purchasing commercially prepared baby food, many are distracted by the cute babies smiling on the packages, that they overlook reading the list of ingredients on the packaging all together. Or perhaps, because the food is marketed as made for infants (although I know many of you mommy’s end […]

The Hajj Paradigm: Islam’s Most Unifying Narrative

by Imam Luqman Ahmad Perhaps, the purest, and most poignant narrative of what Islam really stands for at its core, is the visual takeaway one gets from the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca-called Hajj. Every sane adult Muslim, who is physically and financially able, is required to perform the Hajj at least once in their lifetime. […]

Be Cautious of Your Chocolate Ice Cream

by Noor H. Salem Everyone screams for ice cream-but I frankly wish everyone was screaming when they comprehended the ingredient list of their favorite ice cream. I must admit, as a child, I loved ice cream. However with time, as I have come to recognize the container’s block paragraph of multi-syllabus chemicals I could not pronounce, […]

Should You Eat Dairy or Not?

by Noor H. Salem Previously, we covered common misconceptions of dairy in the food industry and the best type of dairy products you should purchase for optimum health. While I don’t believe everyone should blindly follow every new diet fad, such as the gluten-free or dairy-free diet, I do have many clients and friends who have […]

Trump Proposes Immigration Cuts in New Bill

by Aysha Qamar “It’s great to be here today to unveil legislation that would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in a half a century,” President Donald Trump said at a White House event. Trump has proposed a bill -called the RAISE Act, Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment– that would cut legal […]

Should You Really Avoid Eating Dairy?

by Noor H. Salem Going vegan, paleo, and gluten-free have been hot topics, and recently, dairy-free has become common, too. Is it just a fad, or should you really clean your diet of dairy products to optimize your health in the long-run? Bloating, stomach pain, diarrhea, indigestion, eczema, loud gurgling in your stomach, are all common […]

Anti-Islamophobia Campaign Encourages Intervention

by Aysha Qamar According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the number of anti-Muslim attacks in the United States has sharply risen. With the rise of hate crimes and Islamophobia a desire for change and advocacy has increased; however, while many wish to help in uncomfortable situations, they are unsure what to do. The city of Boston […]

Ibtihaj Muhammad: Fusing Faith, Fashion and Fencing

by Humera Dasu Islam, saber fencing, and Louella, all have a common denominator- and that is Ibtihaj Muhammad. Otherwise known as the first hijabi on the American Olympic team, Muhammad is breaking barriers through her passion in fencing. Amidst her athletic drive and unapologetic representation of her religion, is a love for fashion. Muhammad is […]

Anti-Immigrant Group Mistakes Bus Seats for Women

by Aysha Qamar “It looks really scary, should be banned. You can never know who is under there. Could be terrorists with weapons,” comments on a picture posted on a private Norwegian anti-immigrant Facebook page read. The picture posted, with the comment ‘“What do people think of this?,” in the Facebook group ‘Fedrelandet viktigst’ translating to ‘Fatherland […]

Pakistani Supreme Court Announces Verdict on Panama Papers Case

By Munir M Hasan, PhD The judgment of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan on Panama Papers case has been announced. It is of course a matter of satisfaction and happiness for the people of Pakistan that a corrupt ruler of Pakistan has been disqualified, but still there are some aspects of this decision which are […]

How Muslim Sectarianism is Connected to Islamophobia

by Imam Luqman Ahmad Amidst the climate of increased anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States and the cacophony of noise decrying the evils of Islamophobia and the Islamophobes, confronting Muslim sectarianism is not a palpable topic for front line attention. Why should American Muslims even stop to think or care about sectarianism within our own ranks- […]

The Freedoms We Celebrate

 by Azher Quader Earlier this month our country celebrated its 241st Independence Day. That same weekend ISNA had its 54th Annual Convention too, here in Chicago, which was unusual for it as its normal schedule for Labor Day weekend was conflicting with Eid-ul-Adha this year. The confluence of these two events had some special significance and relevance […]

Delicious Kids-Friendly Cookie Recipe

by Noor H. Salem We’ve been discussing dealing with picky children, and undoubtedly, children love their desserts. This cookie bar recipe is made with healthy ingredients, whipped together to make the perfectly delicious cookie bar. Feel free to add in dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and any other toppings you like. You’ll easily be satisfying your […]

Three New Teen Novels Showcase the Diversity of Islam

By Saadia Faruqi Although the year is only half over, three new novels targeted towards Muslim teenagers and young adults are already making news. A combination of dramatic plots and complex characters with real life scenarios of the average Muslim household results in must-read stories, for all ages and backgrounds. God Smites and Other Muslim Girl […]

More Christian Than Muslim Refugees Entered the U.S. After Trump Took Office

by Aysha Qamar While the Trump administration continuously states that the restrictions on immigration it has proposed are not meant to ‘ban Muslims’ from entering the United States, it has successfully enabled a drop in Muslim refugees entering the country. Christian refugees have outnumbered Muslim refugees entering the U.S. during President Donald Trump’s six months in office, […]

Trump Asks Supreme Court to Block Travel Ban Ruling

by Aysha Qamar The U.S. Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a judge’s ruling that prevented the President’s travel ban from being applied to grandparents of U.S. citizens and refugees already being processed by resettlement agencies, Friday. In a court filing, the administration asked the justices to overturn Thursday’s decision by a U.S. […]