Tariq Sheikh and Tabinda Sheikh: Finding Love In A Dictionary

“I woke up morning time, and you were still sitting there. And I said, what? That was the moment I fell in love with you.”

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Fatima Sabri: An Activist’s Journey To Freedom and Equality

“Every journey can be beautiful and full of new experiences as long as you know that there is way to go back to where you belong and where your heart is.”

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Abdirizak Bihi: Community Development in Action

“Especially when you come from a dictatorship, and war, and religious extremism, and you come to a country where you have the right to worship whatever you want, the right to live in diverse society.”

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Sharareh Drury: You Should Never Be Ashamed For Being Different

“My mother is Iranian. My father is Irish. So, I am Persian-Irish or “Pirish” as I like to jokingly say.”

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Zeshan Bagewadi: The Soul of Music

“I’ve performed all over the world, I’m fortunate to have said that. I’m twenty-nine, and I’ve performed in so many places all over the world and the White House. It was an honor to perform for President Obama because I feel like a lot of people here in Chicago have their own story.”

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Anxhela Ndrio: From Greece to the U.S: An Immigrant’s Take on Refugees

“I am the daughter of a Muslim and a Christian Orthodox. My experience with religious and ethnic diversity has brought to my attention that there is substantial amount of work to be done, in terms of creating a humane and just world.”

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Ayub Ayubi: My Life As A Former Ideological Extremist

“Even as a liberal, secular person, I see the importance of faith in not only my only life but also in other people’s lives. I am also able to recognized how each person has complete autonomy to see how they want to practice their faith in whatever way they feel inspired.”

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Fatima Salemassi: A Mixture of Elements

“My identity is really encompassing, I always reject identifying with one culture. Definitely, Venezuela is where my heart is, that’s where I was born, that’s where my family is, that’s what I know. But I’ve been living here in the United States in Michigan for almost 21 years; so I’ve been here for so long, and I do feel American as well.”

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Imad Hamad: Leading An Organization for Human Rights

“Violence in particular against girls and women is unethical, as well as illegal, and those who cross the line must be held accountable. This is a dear cause to me, deeply entrenched in my personal and professional capacity.”

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Soraya Deen: Saying ‘Yes’ to Change

“I speak to address the tough issues that are crippling our community. I speak hope I believe that it must be a matter of principle for us to admit and acknowledge that Muslim women’s voices matter.”

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