CategorySocial Justice

A Real American Dream


Originally published in the Toledo Blade In Pakistan, my parents suffered the effects of legalized religious persecution. As Ahmadi Muslims, they were forbidden to preach, practice, or even profess their faith without potentially facing criminal charges by the state or vigilante punishment by extremists. My uncle was poisoned nearly to death and grandfather jailed several times simply because of...

Muslims celebrate spirit of Juneteenth


Originally published in The Buffalo News I must admit that, until recently, I was unaware of the American celebration known as Juneteenth. I suspect the same holds true for other Americans. But given its history and meaning, it didn’t take long to get excited about this somewhat obscure celebration. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, celebrates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in...