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Here’s Why Indian Prime Minister Modi’s #SelfiewithDaughter Campaign Is Misleading

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane India’s Prime Minister Modi makes worldwide headlines on a fairly regular basis but this time, he is making some waves for an initiative for social justice—specifically raising awareness on the prevalence of sex-selective abortions and the resulting gender imbalance in India. Modi’s #SelfiewithDaughter social...

Open Letter to Shibli Zaman: Survivor-Shaming Does Not Honor Nabra Hassanen

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane Dear Mr. Zaman, You recently posted a public status during the time that tragic news of Nabra Hassanen’s senseless murder had emerged, the crux of which I have included below: “If you claim to be a man (or even a boy, for that matter)...

Why Some are Unhappy with Zaid Ahmed’s #BlackLivesMatter Stanford Essay

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane The following piece was originally published on TMO and republished here with permission.  Growing up desi, many youth trying to find their purpose in life can relate to hearing “you are not (insert an array of demeaning adjectives here) enough.” Young, desi men and...

I’m Finally Admitting That President Donald Trump’s Rhetoric has Gotten to me (And You Should Too)

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane I remember singing the words to “This Land is your Land,” by Woodie Guthrie, in broken English as a six-year-old Pakistani immigrant to the United States. I sat in my elementary class; the only foreigner with a bowl haircut (Thanks, mom!), mixing up the...

This is Why all Male Panels at Islamic Conferences Need to Come to an End

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane As a Muslim woman, I share the same sentiment as others in the Muslim American community when we hear an ill-informed politician (cough Donny cough Ted Cruz cough most Republican candidates cough) assert Muslim women do not have a voice or are silenced by our...

Bringing Down the Sexist Way Commentators Cover Muslim Female Olympians in Hijab

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane With the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) imposing a ban on headscarves for female athletes and Cannes’ recent ban on the “Burqini,” a full bodysuit Muslim women wear while swimming, I often find myself asking, “What is so threatening about letting a woman cover her...

‘Shake my Hand’: Poem Dedicated to the Egyptian Olympian who Refused to Shake his Israeli Opponent’s Hand

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane This poem is dedicated to Islam El Shehaby, the Egyptian Olympian who took a stand and refused a handshake offered by his Israeli opponent during a Judo match – it is not so much the handshake El Shehaby refused in my eyes; rather it is...

7 Ways to be Productive This Ramadan Especially if You Can’t Fast

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane Ramadan is synonymous with abstaining from food. However, many Muslims who are unable to fast from food and drink due to various reasons feel left out. Everything ranging from monthly periods, pregnancy, eating disorders (affecting both men and women), other medical illnesses, and other...

White Privilege Forces YouTuber JusReign To Remove His Turban

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane Brown skin – strike one. Ethnic name that requires two-thirds of the alphabet to spell – strike two. Turban or hijab – strike three. Now, you’re out of: respect, basic civil liberties, and rights to fundamental privileges. Imagine if you were forced to suspend...

7 Delusional Lessons Every Brown Guy Learns From Bollywood

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane Here are the top seven reasons why every brown guy secretly wishes Bollywood was his reality. 1. You will ALWAYS get the girl. Even if you are really unattractive. The natural laws of attraction don’t apply in Bollywood....

7 Road Signs That Will Help You Avoid Heartbreak

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane As a mental health professional, I provide therapeutic services and skills to many patients who struggle in the context of familial, professional, academic, and individual life choices. By far, the most common and most requested topic of discussion with teens and adults whom I...

Talk-Show ‘The Real’ Turns Out To Be Really Racist Against Muslim Women

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane Popular talk show "The Real" should immediately change its name to "The Real Racist" to more accurately reflect its discriminatory practices against certain audience members; specifically, Muslim women wearing headscarves. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is currently pursuing a complaint filed against Warner...

A Response to ‘Practicing Islam in Short Shorts’

by Hira Uddin - Follow @hira_cane Scrolling through my social media news feed, my thumb swiped upwards then abruptly downwards when I read Gawker's headline "Practicing Islam in Short Shorts." Since that first click, I have read Thanaa El-Naggar's article several times because it has made me reflect on my experience,...

‘Raaes’ Review: SRK Saves A Not-So-Perfect Yet Entertaining Thriller

by Tamania Jaffri - Follow @urdumom "Raees," the latest movie starring the Bollywood king Shahrukh Khan and the "Humsafar" girl, Mahira Khan, was released around the world last week. I had high hopes when I walked into the theater as I’m a big fan of them both. The “angry young man”...

AATMA Performing Arts Video ‘The Fifth’ Gives Breath of Fresh Air to Indian Classical Dance

by Tina Lapsia A few months ago, New York and Los Angeles-based Indian dance company, AATMA Performing Arts, released their first official semi-classical dance video called “The Fifth.”  In a field where traditional Indian styles of dance are being westernized through their integration with modern styles like hip hop and...

Fawad Khan Partners With Islamic Relief to Promote Pakistan Development

by Atiya Hasan - Follow @AtiyaHasan05     Fawad Khan, star of the ravingly popular Pakistani drama "Humsafar" and the Disney Bollywood movie "Khoobsurat" has been touring the US for reasons that fall very much outside of the Bollywood genre. His recent partnership with Islamic Relief to promote Pakistan development has taken...