Our Stories

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Somann Irani: Giving it One Hundred and Ten Percent

"I am very happy and lucky to be able to find a career or a calling that is going to be able to give me financial success, but also that I really enjoy."

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Clyde Amin: The Ability To Create Change

"My advice to young people is that the time that you are living in is the time that you are prepared to live in."

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I am an FGM Survivor
I Said It Loudly: I Am An FGM Survivor

"My body was not supposed to be violated in this severe way, nor was my soul. Yet, both happened. But I am comforted in knowing that there are others I can talk to who understand my pain."

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Najifa Hossain: Freedom, As West Encounters East

"Today, I know that the two separate sides of me were never separate at all; they are the same. They are American. They are Muslim. They are me."

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Maiem Alam: The Depth of Immigration

“Others tend to see your results and envy your outcomes, but they fail to take notice of the amount of hard work and sacrifices you have made to get where you stand today.”

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Sonia Sultan: America – The Land of Opportunities and Freedom

"This country never failed to surprise me by showing the generous amount of human, constitutional, and civil rights citizens of America have and how much power and independence an individual could have in this country."

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Shahbab Ahmed: The Land of Opportunities

"The civil and organized environment in America is a stark contrast to the pandemonium that I had gotten used to in Bangladesh. I feel that there is order in this new land whereas there was always chaos in my previous home. America is not just the land of opportunities, it is the land of possibilities."

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Halima Halima Hagi-Mohamed
Halima Hagi-Mohamed: Finding “Amilah”

"As a Black, Muslim and female I’m faced with so much. Last year I published my first book of short stories titled, Amilah. It’s an anthology of fictional short stories dealing with the lives of Somali-Americans."

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Mohamed Sanwidi: An Appreciation For Life

"Reflecting on my life in Burkina Faso, I realized my current life is amazing even without Jordan’s, or an Xbox, or the latest iPhone. Living in an underdeveloped country made me appreciate the American life and the opportunities it has to offer."

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Bintou Tunkara: Double Worlds for One Journey to Success

"The next chapter in my life, which is attending a college or university will strengthen my brand, and I will get to further define what it means to be me: Muslim, Gambian-American, and Female."

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Farah Harb: Finally Home

"But just as I was getting accustomed to the country and my friends and everything, we moved once again to America, which was probably our toughest and longest journey. We came here in 2009."

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Tarik Khribech: Launching ‘Chore Relief’

"Being a guest in this country was about getting to know the culture; not necessarily how they talk and what they eat, but also how the financial world works and how the professional world works."

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Ayat Albawi: A Painful Secret

"My new life in America is becoming greater over the passage of the days. I learned how to stand up for myself."

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Sofia Charania: The Lens of Knowledge and Wisdom

"I believe that my name and its meaning have implicitly defined my identity since my childhood. This search for knowledge has been a life long identity journey for me and is how I define myself."

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Laurel Hilbert: A Journey Towards Peace

"I used all available connecting resources to find stable housing, enroll in school, find employment, and become a peer mentor for others like me."

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Fathima Shada: An Amalgamated World

"I had struggled with gender roles nearly all my life. I was a free, unrestrained American girl, but I seemed to be restrained by a culture grounded thousands of miles away – an orthodox Muslim culture that traditionally required me to cover myself, be obedient, and sit down and stay quiet."

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News Updates


MALA to Launch Young Leaders Program

In Fall 2018, MALA will launch its first civic leadership program geared towards developing young Muslim American professionals. MALA Young Leaders will meet for private roundtables with civic leaders, social entrepreneurs, and academic experts, and will participate in a series of seminars on leadership, community engagement, and social good. Ultimately, MALA Young Leaders will promote individual empowerment, independent thought, and diversity as they work to unite Americans of all backgrounds.

Apr 11, 2018

MALA to Host Premier of National Geographic’s “The Muslim Next Door”

AMERICA INSIDE OUT WITH KATIE COURIC is a new six-part docuseries premiering on the National Geographic on April 11. Couric travels to dozens of cities across North America — from Freemont, Nebraska, to Montgomery, Alabama, to talk with hundreds of people to get an inside look at pressing social issues. On April 11, at 6:00PM, MALA will host the premier screening of 'The Muslim Next Door', the first installment in the series, at GWU's Jack Morton Auditorium.

Apr 01, 2018

MALA Convenes Experts to Discuss FGM in America

On March 22, MALA convened a panel of experts in New York to discuss female genital mutilation (FGM) in the US. This discussion was part of the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and featured a testimonial from Kadi Dambouia, a survivor of FGM. Her testimony preceded an expert discussion on how we can build networks of support and intervention, both at federal and community levels.

Mar 26, 2018
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