Sadaf Ali: Sharing Space For Dignity and Autonomy

“What motivates me is a collective struggle of coming from communities where we are not welcomed for making choices for ourselves. I join current and future generations to stand against ostracization for any expression of any part of our identities.”

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Join MALA and Intersections International in NYC for “Muslims In Love”

Join us for an afternoon of story-telling and dialogue. All are welcome! Interfaith pieces will reflect romance and/or rage against love, marriage, and everything in between.

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Marina Ali: Accepting and Appreciating My Poor Immigrant Past

“It took me a while to reclaim my past in poverty. These days, I embrace my past. I talk, dress and act how I want to, and these things don’t determine my worth as a person.”

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Sohail Hashmi: Reconciling Differences Between Cultures

“There’s a lot of need for reform, especially for women’s rights. You don’t have a society that is moving forward, you have a society that’s mired in the past.”

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Hira Umer: Baking Towards A Breakthrough

“Cultural taboo and judgmental people aside, I focused just on my son and my business. Having a new business is challenging, being a single mom is challenging, combine the two and you have double the challenges.”

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Mohammad J. Rahimi: Law, Justice, and the American Dream

“My passion for serving people and fighting for peace, human rights, and democracy only grew during my time in the United States. It was not an easy move by any means, however.”

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MALA Presents Children’s Book Reading Events in NYC

MALA is excited to celebrate multicultural heritage with friends and community members by featuring children’s books reading events in New York City. Free admission!

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Sara Khan: Living A Generosity Driven Existence

“I would most like to be remembered as someone that was generous and gave back to those around me. I don’t want a life of a glamour, but a real, honest, generosity and love-driven existence.”

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Afra Ahmed: Perceptions of Identity

“In fact, I feel more welcomed in this country than in many parts of the east. I always feel, accept and approach the diversity in openness and America has.”

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Jasmina Bašić: Faith and Facing Expectation

“I’m afraid of mediocrity. As a Muslim, a woman, and a first-generation immigrant, I face certain additional challenges as I try to shoulder the weight of expectation placed upon me by my parents’ move to this country.”

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