Category: Life

Samah Safi Bayazid on filmmaking, marriage and Hollywood

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Samah Safi Bayazid has always been a storyteller. Growing up, she wanted to be a news anchor or a television presenter with her own show. Although there weren’t many women in hijab in front of the camera at the time (the amount these days isn’t much higher), she persisted. However, her dream to be in front of the camera soon changed after taking just one film production class.  Read More

Finding the beauty in broken

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Growing up, we’re taught to count our blessings, that no matter where we stand, we’re still more fortunate than someone else in the world. Everyone to a certain extent is grateful for their family, their great friends, a roof over their head, the food on the table, good health etc, but that list is so generic it no longer holds any merit. It’s easy to appreciate the things we’ve been given when life is going well, but how thankful are we when things get taken away from us? How much do we appreciate our heart breaks and downfalls?

Everyone reaches a point in their life where they regret all the poor decisions they’ve made. They want to take back the time they wasted with the wrong people, the time they didn’t give to the right people, the trust they gave to those who didn’t deserve it,  the years spent chasing a fruitless ambition only to reach a dead end. But what we fail to recognize is that no experience is a waste of time.  Your past, both good and bad, has built you into the person you are today. Celebrate the wisdom your downfalls gave you. Remember that the only power your past should hold is the power to turn you into something better than you were before.

No experience is a waste of time.

Be grateful for your struggles, they gave you your strength.

Be grateful for every moment in life that pushed you down to your knees, it taught you how to stand.

Be grateful for every person who wronged you, they helped you appreciate the people who never did.

We think the purpose of life is to figure out its mystery, but the truth is there is nothing to solve. Things fall apart, then come back together and each storm that destroys you holds a lesson. The point of life isn’t to try to figure out the key to your happily ever after, nor is it to make your heart so hard that nothing can break you. The point is to learn to rise from the ashes every time you get burned. Something beautiful happens when someone’s world shatters, a humility rises out of it. And sometimes when life brings a person to their knees, they learn how to bow down and pray. Your character when you hit rock bottom reveals a lot about who you are. Don’t run away from that, embrace it.

Just when you learn to admire the beauty of the sunset, it leaves you. But learn to love the darkness as well, because it’s the darkness that teaches you the value of the sunrise it brings.

Baking with purpose: The incredible way this woman serves her community

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Combining California flavors with a passion for social justice, Reem Assil has always wanted to positively impact her community.

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5 things I learned from starting a non-profit with a fellow Muslimah

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Four years ago, a group of girls were connected via an email. That email, sent by one of our fellow Muslim friends, signed off with a simple, and unassuming “I understand that you are both interested in public health in the Arab world….and I hope you can complement one another in your endeavors moving forward.” Read More

Meet Anisa Amin: She’s black, she’s Muslim and she makes Muslim dolls

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It’s ironic that a few days after I blasted Mattel (barely) for creating three body types and encouraging consumers to use an inanimate doll as a measuring stick for human acceptance…. I scrolled across a Cosmopolitan article, no less, about “Hijarbie,” aka: A Barbie in a hijab. Read More