Safiyyah Abdul-Qawiyy: Prioritizing the Needs of My Community

“I came to the United States at the age of eleven from Jamaica and settled in Staten Island, New York. Life was very interesting for me being in a new country. I experienced immigrant culture shock for a few years before adapting to life in the U.S.”

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Abdikarim Osman: Never Give Up

“In 2005, my life was unbearable. I was in a refugee camp in Kenya, in high school and short of everything. From that day I told myself I’d never give up on life. And here I am today. A father to three children, a husband, and studying to pursue a degree in business management.”

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MALA Celebrates #GivingTuesday with Artist Replete in Chicago

On Tuesday November 28th, The Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) , in partnership with Artist Replete, presented their Giving Tuesday event at Marc Nolan, Chicago, in which Artist Replete kicked off the launch of their new website and curated fine arts pieces by notable up and coming artists.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel Congratulates MALA in Letter of Proclamation

MALA was recently recognized by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as one of Chicagoland’s “most innovative 501(c)3 civic and community organizations.” Mayor Emanuel’s letter of proclamation expresses pride and confidence in MALA’s mission to celebrate diversity, strengthen community, and cultivate new generations of compassionate, informed leaders both in the city of Chicago, and the United States as a whole.

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Maryum Saifee: To End FGM, More Survivors Need to Speak Out

“One of the greatest challenges in raising awareness on FGM/C is that many survivors are shamed into silence. If they voice dissent, their communities might socially ostracize them. Within the last few years I have noticed a shift. More and more FGM/C survivors are courageously speaking out.”

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Sabia Khan: Standing Up For What I Believe

“I have tried to stand up for myself and my beliefs because I believe that ‘we the people of the United States’ have the freedom to practice whatever we want to practice and shouldn’t do anything merely to impress others.”

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