Dec 22, 2015

The Day my American-Born, Muslim Son Asked for a Christmas Tree

By Mansoora Bhatti
I’m so excited mama!’ exclaims my 3-year-old son, after an exhausting day of shopping. ‘I’m just so excited for Christmas!’

These words bring a flood of thoughts to my mind. Being a Muslim American, this is the first time I will have to explain to him the Muslim perspective on the most prominent display of religion in the U.S., Christmas.

Dec 14, 2015

This Holiday Give the Gift of Muslim Cultures

By Saadia Faruqi
If I know one thing as an author, it is this: fiction has a unique way of breaking stereotypes and showcasing the naked truth in more ways than one. In my book Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan, I use every story to advance a non-stereotypical agenda. Yes, it has oppressed Muslim women, but they rise to challenges and break free of their oppression. True, there is a terrorist, and even mention of the Taliban, but accompanying those men are others who possess amazing courage and hope for a better future. Bottom line: as an author, I know how important it is to change mainstream media narratives and tell our own stories.