Behind the Veil: Why We Wear Hijab and Love It

Salam and peace  readers! After we wrote our first piece about hijab, we decided to share with you our own hijab stories and how we came to the decision to put on the hijab and grew to love it.  We hope this will create a greater understanding of why we as Muslim women decide to … Continue reading

Hijab: Muslim-American Perspectives

There have been a succession of recent posts in the blogosphere regarding removing the hijab. Jillian C. York has referred to them here in her article on Global Voices. As we believe that the hijab IS obligatory in Islam, as agreed on by the four major Islamic scholars – Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanafi. It … Continue reading

AIPAC in Minneapolis?!

As many Minneapolis residents may already know, AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is gracing us with their presence at the Minneapolis downtown Hilton this week. No sarcasm intended of course. What is AIPAC? According to the Anti War Committee website: AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the … Continue reading

What do Coldplay and Natalie Portman Have to do with Palestine?

“If it’s controversial.It sells” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard  my  journalism professors repeat this but it’s 100% true. A more recent controversy taking over many social network conversations is Coldplay’s public support of a single title “Freedom For Palestine”by a band called OneWorld. Since Coldplay, who’ve won seven Grammy awards and six … Continue reading

Regarding the current changes in the Middle East, As an Algerian…

…as an Algerian-American I’m confused and disappointed. I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked how I feel on the ‘Algerian revolution’ in these past couple of months and many time’s I’ve been cautious about expressing my opinion as to not offend anyone. Yes, I did a victory dance for Tunisia and Egypt. Yes, … Continue reading

Wait, Where Are You From Again?

Algiers, Algeria

When asked where I’m from, I usually reply ‘Minneapolis’ but many times the asker is referring to where I’m ORIGINALLY from; and to that I answer: Algiers, Algeria. The asker might then nod their head knowingly although I’m pretty sure they have no clue where Algeria is located or even heard of the region before. … Continue reading