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Tasnim Mowlana swearing in Ceremony at the Public Safety Training Academy, Rockville, MD

Tasnim Mowlana graduating as an EMT, at the Public Safety Training Academy, Rockville, MD

American Muslim women have added yet another hero in their midst,  and this time, in the form of an Emergency Medical Technician.

On Friday,  June 10, 2016, Tasnim Mowlana, a resident of Germantown, Maryland was one of about 45 new EMT graduates, from Public Safety Training Academy,  in Rockville,  MD.

Tasnim is a volunteer EMT at Germantown Volunter Fire Department Inc,  in Germantown,  MD and the only Muslim woman in hijab at the department.

We wish her all the best in her new venture and we sure are proud of her service.

Africa has a New Muslim Female President

Ameena Gharib-Fakim of the island of Mauritius on the east Coast of Africa, joins the ranks of other Muslim female presidents. She is the first female to hold that title in her country. To learn more about other Muslim Female presidents and head of state,  here’s my previous post on the subject.

And here’s a glimpse of the new president.

We wish her success in her new post.

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Presumptous of Me to Think Otherwise


I have been debating with myself as to whether to share my exciting news on my blog or not.  On the one hand,  the news is in line with the mission of this blog, that is,  dispelling stereotype and celebrating strong Muslim women. On the other hand,  it feels a little disconcerting putting oneself in that category,  as that would amount to blowing one’s own trumpet,  which in my books is contrary to the virtue of humility that had been instilled in me through my faith as a Muslim.

To ease my conscious,  I have convinced myself that it is acceptable to promote oneself if the intentions are pure and the message could help shift minds regarding each other,  hence this blogpost.

The exciting news is that, earlier this month, my daughter Nusaybah, who by the way celebrated her 14th birthday a couple of days ago, and I collaborated and published a comic book that deals with the issue of what it means to be an American Muslim, as seen in the eyes of children and adult Muslims, as well as the general public at large.   It is a hilarious and thought-provoking book that I hope will make us think differently in our approach to each other.

It is available on Amazon,  both in print and Kindle.  Feel free to share your opinion of the book by posting a review on Amazon and or like my Facebook page. I hope you will enjoy the book as much as Nusaybah and I enjoyed writing and illustrating it.




Malala Yousafzai Recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

The Internet is abuzz with the news of Malala Yousafzai winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest recipient to be so honored and only the third Muslim woman to receive such an accolade. All at the tender age of 17.

Here’s a little introduction to the most courageous and amazing young Muslim woman, who has given so much, including almost her life, to speak out against tyranny and gender inequality to ensure girls get an opportunity to education.

It all started with the father who refused “to clip her wings”.

While most 11 year olds are concerned about self image and friends,  Malala was busy defying the Taliban by blogging for the BBC about the situation of girls’ schools  in her province.

At 15, she almost lost her life when she was shot at point blank by the Taliban while on her way to school. She underwent extensive surgeries both in Pakistan and England, and a long rehabilitation.

This should have scared and silenced even the bravest of people,  but it had the opposite effect.  Malala was now fired up. She started talking publicly about girls education, addressing the UN, appearing on talk shows

and receiving numerous awards,  culminating with the prestigious of them all, The Nobel Peace Prize.

We are all proud of her, and we hope there will be more Malalas in this world.

Breaking Silence; Child Sexual Abuse

Being a mother of two lovely children, the issue of child sexual assault and sexual abuse is never too far from my mind. According to National Center for Victims of Crime, the prevalence of sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is not often reported. A study by the Crimes against Children Research Center showed that over the course of their lifetime, 28 percent of U.S youth ages 14-17 have been sexually victimized and children between the ages of 7-13 were most vulnerable to child sexual assault or sexual abuse.

Based on the above mentioned statistics, I feel compelled to share the trailer for this upcoming documentary film, Breaking Silence, about 4 brave young Muslim-American women who are breaking their silence of the sexual abuse they suffered as children.  It is my hope that the film will break any real or perceived cultural and/or religious taboo on the subject.

It is obvious from the above mentioned statistics, that child sexual abuse is not one culture’s or religion’s problem, but worldwide concern.  It is important for families to talk to their children about abuse, and to create an environment where they can feel safe and confident to report such abuses, should they take place.

The film maker is currently raising funds on Kickstarter for the post production of their film. I would encourage everyone who is able to donate to this worthwhile cause to do so and spread the word. The film is slated to premiere in January 2015.

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