Dena Mekawi: Navigating Identity with Style and Resilience

“Growing up was sort of interesting because I’m a first generation American. So it was kind of a struggle between what my family says is right and the values we try to maintain versus the American lifestyle and how it is to live out here.”

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Raihan Faroqui: Dying Before Dying

“My uncle died on September the 11th. If you visit the WTC Memorial, you will see his pictures. He is wearing a white tupi, a brown vest, and he is smiling back at you.”

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MALA at GlobalMindED 2017 Conference

MALA’s co-founder and director Ahmed “Flex” Omar represented the organization at the conference. He moderated a panel titled “Learning for Access: Quality Education for All.”

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Mona Sabbouri: Respecting Individuality

“I’m a New Yorker, I’m an American, I’m an Iranian, but I’m also a human. All the people in my life have made me who I am today.”

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Zaher Sahloul: A Syrian American Doctor’s Journey

“Every Syrian dreams of the day that they will go back and try to rebuild what has been destroyed.”

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MALA at the Library of Congress: July 24, 2017

The event celebrates this groundbreaking effort – and in the process spotlights Muslim Americans’ diversity, individuality, innovative contributions to mainstream American society, and assimilation as proud citizens.

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