Vigil for #OurThreeBrothers

Last week, three black Sudanese Americans were killed “execution-style” in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their names were Mohamedtaha Omar (23), Adam Mekki (20), and Muhannad Tairab (17). All of them were members of a diaspora community from East Africa. Regardless of their shared affiliations, Omar and Tairab were Muslim, while Mekki was Christian. According to Fort…

Uniting to Combat Islamophobia

On Friday, February 12, 2016, Al-Talib Newsmagazine held a panel discussion that addressed ways different groups both within and beyond the Muslim community can unite to combat Islamophobia and discrimination. The guest panelists present included Qasim Rashid and Amatus Sami, both of whom represent minority groups within the Muslim community. Below are 11 key points…

UCLA MSA presents Islam Appreciation Week

UCLA’s Muslim Student Association annually hosts Islam Appreciation Week on the university campus. It is a week “dedicated to understanding and celebrating the openness, inclusiveness, diversity and beauty of Islam.” Islam Appreciation Week consists of several events over the course of one week. These events cater to Muslims and non-Muslims interested in learning about Islam…

San Bernardino Shooting Fuels Islamophobic Attacks: UCLA’s Response

Fourteen people were killed and 22 were injured during the shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on December 2nd. The two shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, identified as Muslims, which fueled a lot of anti-Muslim hate. Since the shooting, hate crimes against Muslims across America have been rising. Republican presidential…

Sy Stokes & Remi Kanazi Bridge the Black and Palestinian Struggle Through Spoken Word

Spoken word artists Remi Kanazi and Sy Stokes and UCLA students shared the stage for Students For Justice in Palestine’s spoken word event “Oppressed but not Silenced.” On November 4th, a crowd of approximately fifty students gathered in Haines Hall to listen to the diverse performances navigate between themes of privilege, normalization and oppression. Sy…